Alternative qualifications

International

In addition to the requirements listed on our main English Language requirements page, we also accept a range of alternative qualifications to demonstrate your level of English language proficiency. All qualifications listed below have a 5-year validity unless marked with a * (indicating 2-year validity) or ** (indicating 7-year validity).

Applicants for Distance Learning programmes must meet the direct entry requirements, as In-sessional English is not available for Distance Learning students.

**Covid-19 update for 2022 intake**

We realise many English test centres are still closed and exams have been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We therefore will accept the following online English language tests for September 2022 entry (2-year validity from 1st September 2020):

Test Requirement
Advanced Placement (AP) English 4 or 5 - In-sessional: 3
A-Level 2 good grades (A-C) in Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences
UK: Access* In-sessional: Distinction
Austrian Matura/Reifeprufung 2 (gut) in English with both written and oral exams
Bell Undergraduate Foundation Programme English* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
Bellerbys College Academic English Skills (AES) test* 70 overall with 60 in subscores
In-sessional: 60 overall with 60 in writing and 50 in other subscores
Cambridge (C1) Advanced English Exam (CAE)* A or 185 overall with 176 in subscores
In-sessional: B or C or 180 with 170 in subscores
Cambridge (C2) Proficiency English Exam (CPE) (open validity) A or 185 overall with 176 in subscores
In-sessional: B or C or 180 with 170 in subscores
Cameroon O Level** English A
In-sessional: B or C
CATS Undergraduate Foundation Programme English* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
David Game College English* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
Denmark Studentereksamen 10
In-sessional: 9
EF Undergraduate Foundation Programme English* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
EU Baccalaureate (English Language) 6 at Level 1, 7 at Level 2, or 7.5 at Level 3
Estonia Matura 5
In-sessional: 4
Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen matriculation exam 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English at the Advanced Level
In-sessional: 4
French Baccalaureate OIB Bilingual English programme 12
In-sessional: 11
French Baccalaureate General in English (LEV 1) 16
In-sessional: 15
GCSE, IGCSE, O Level** English (includes Malaysia, Singapore and Zimbabwe syndicated GCSEs) 5 or B
In-sessional: 4 or C
German Abitur English (main course) 12
In-sessional: 10-11
Holland/The Netherlands VWO 8-10
In-sessional: 7
HKALE A or B
In-sessional: C
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 5** or 5*
In-sessional: 5
IB Standard English Language and Literature A or Language B 5
In-sessional: 4
IB Higher English Language and Literature A or Language B 4
IB Diploma 4+ in two subjects (Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences)
IELTS Indicator* 6.5 overall with 6.5 in subscores (Unconditional); 6.5 overall with 6.0 in subscores and 6.5 in writing (with In-sessional); 6.5 overall with 5.5 in subscores and 6.0 in writing (4 week Pre-sessional); 6.0 overall with 5.5 in subscores (8 week Pre-sessional)
Iceland Studentsprof matriculation examination, English 8 (when taken as a compulsory modern language)
IFP Academic English module* 70%
In-sessional: 65%
Indian School Certificate (Standard XII) 80%
In-sessional: 70%
INTO English for Academic Purposes (EAP)*, English for Undergraduate Studies (EUS)* or IELA* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills) or 180 (IELA)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills or 175 (IELA)
Kaplan Foundation English* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
Kenya Secondary Education Certificate - English language A
In-sessional: B or C
Latvia Matura 5
In-sessional: 4
Luxembourgish High School 45
Malaysia Certificate of Education (SPM) English 1119 Grades 1-3
In-sessional: 4-6
Malta Secondary Education Certificate - English language 1 or 2
In-sessional: 3 or 4
NCUK Foundation* B in English for Academic Purposes
Norwegian Vitnemal English 5
In-sessional: 4
NVQ, SVQ 5
In-sessional: 4
OnCampus Test of English* 70% with 65% in subskills
In-sessional: 65% with 65% in writing and 60% in other subskills
Poland Matura In-sessional: 80%
Pre-sessional English from a UK university* Pass
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level English** A
In-sessional: B or C
Singapore Integrated Programme: Language Arts A1 or A2
In-sessional: B3
Skills for English* (UKVI SELT) Expert 4SC1: pass
In-sessional: 4SB2+, B2 Pass with Merit; 4 week Pre-sessional: 4SB2, Upper Intermediate pass
South African National Senior School Cert English (Home Language) 6
In-sessional: 5
Study Group ISC* 65 (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
Swedish Fullstandigt fran Gymnasieskolan, English A
In-sessional: B
Switzerland Maturitatzeugnis/Certificat de Maturite/Attestato de Maturita 5 (gut/bien/bene)
In-sessional: 4
Trinity ISE II/ISE III* Pass with Distinction
In-sessional: Pass with Merit
Trinity ISE IV* Pass
TOEFL PBT* 620 with 5 in TWE and 60 in subscores
Turkey BUEPT (Turkish Universities) A or B
In-sessional: C
University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP)* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
US High School Diploma Pass
Warwick Undergraduate Foundation Programme* 65% (65% in Writing and 60% in other subskills)
In-sessional: 65% and 60% in all subskills
West African High School Certificate (WAEC) A1
In-sessional: B2, B3, C4
Zambia: High School Leaving Certificate English 1 or 2
In-sessional: 3 or 4
Zimbabwe High School Leaving Certificate 1 or 2
In-sessional: 3 or 4
Zimbabwe O Level English language**

A
In-sessional: B or C

*2-year validity from 1st September 2020
**O Levels equivalent 7-year validity from July 2015

The information provided on this page is a basic guide to our English admissions and SOAS reserves the right to apply the criteria at its own discretion in all cases.