SOAS University of London

International Students

Alternative Qualifications

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. Generally, these have open validity, but some may have a two-year validity (marked by a * below).

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 2021 intake**

We realise many English test centres are 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 2021 entry only:

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) 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
Duolingo (September 2021 intake only)*

In all cases, no subscores less than 90

130 (production 110)
In-sessional: 120 (production 100)
4-week pre-sessional: 110 (production 95)
8-week pre-sessional: 100 (production 90)

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) 6 or B
In-sessional: 5 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 (from July 2020) 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
LanguageCert (September 2021 intake only)* UKVI or regular C1 High Pass
In-sessional: C1 Pass; 4 week Pre-sessional: B2 High Pass; 8 week Pre-sessioinal:  B2 Pass
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 2019

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.

If your qualification is not included on this page, please contact English Language Admissions at englishassess@soas.ac.uk.