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English Language Requirements

Last updated 21 June 2023

English Language Requirements for all applicants

All applicants, regardless of their visa requirements, are required to show that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from their degree course. The level of competence required depends on what type of degree you wish to study. Many applicants can demonstrate this through a satisfactory level of achievement in, for example, GCSE English Language or the English courses within the International Baccalaureate.

Applicants whose academic qualifications meet the University’s admissions requirements, but whose English language qualifications are not accepted as equivalent, may be offered a place at Warwick conditional on an acceptable English language qualification being achieved before they join the University. A number of English language tests are accepted; some of the most frequently offered ones are detailed below.

Please note that certain English tests (including IELTS and PTE) must be taken within two years and one month prior to the start of your course at Warwick. Applicants whose tests fall outside this timescale will need to retake a suitable English language test.

Applicants who require a visa

Applicants who require a visa to study in the UK may, depending on the circumstances, be asked to provide evidence of a secure English language test (e.g. IELTS for UKVI (Academic)), rather than an examination (such as International Baccalaureate English) due to the visa requirements set by the UK government.

Applicants who require a visa to study in the UK should visit our immigration adviceLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window pages for up to date information and advice on how to present evidence of their English language qualifications in their visa application.

Please note that where you have taken more than one English language test, we are only able to accept the results from the most recent test.


If you do not meet the English Language Requirements for your course in full, you may still be eligible for the course on condition of:

  • Meeting the English Language Requirements for our Pre-sessional English course, and
  • Successfully completing the Pre-sessional English course

Please see the Pre-Sessional English webpage for information about entry requirements and how to apply.

Our Course Band Requirements

You can find the English language band requirements for the course you are interested in on our Undergraduate course pages.

Look for the Language Requirements header under the Entry Requirements tab on each course page for more information.