English language requirements

If English is not your first language then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

The entry requirement for your course will be expressed as an IELTS level and refers to the IELTS Academic version of this test. We are now also accepting the IELTS Indicator test, you can find out more about the test on the IELTS Indication site. The University however does accept a wide range of additional English language qualifications, which can be found below.

The university’s English language requirements in IELTS levels are as follows:

Alternative English qualifications

We may be able accept alternative qualifications as evidence of your language skills if:

  • You do not need a student visa to come to the UK.
  • You have applied for a undergraduate or postgraduate level course and are not able to take a UK Visas and Immigration approved test.

The following information is a guide and your ability will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Other qualifications and tests

The table below compares the scores and components for a number of English Language qualifications we are able to accept based on the UK Border Agency's requirements for the Student Route Visa. We accept a range of other qualifications also listed on this page. If you have received a verification ID number with your English Language qualification, please send this (along with your applicant ID number) to our admissions team via admissions@brookes.ac.uk in order to verify your qualification.

IELTSPearson Test of English (PTE)Language Cert AcademicLanguage Cert International ESOL B1Language Cert International ESOL B2Language Cert International ESOL C1Kaplan Test of English (KTE)PasswordOIEG - ELLTTOEFL
Overall 4.54947132

Components minimum 4.04947Components minimum 33

Overall 5.05554152

Components minimum 4.55554Components minimum 35

Overall 5.55960
396- 4255.5572
Components minimum 5.05960
Components minimum 33

Components minimum 396 

Components minimum 4
R18, L17, S20, W17
Overall 6.06565
426- 458 6.0680
Components minimum - reading/writing: 6.0; listening/speaking: 5.5
Components minimum 35

Components minimum 426

Components minimum 5
R20, L17, S20, W19
Overall 6.57170
459 - 494
Components minimum 6.07170
Components minimum 35

Components minimum 459

Components minimum 6
R22, L21, S24, W21
Overall 7.07675

132495 - 5267.0895
Components minimum 6.5

Components minimum 33Components minimum 495
Components minimum 7.0R24, L22, S25, W24

English language requirements for visas

If you have applied for our Pre-sessional English or International Foundation Diploma courses, or to a course that has an IELTS requirement below 6.0 and you need a student visa, you must take a UK Visa and Immigration approved SELT (Secure English Language Test). We are able to accept the following SELTs if they have been taken at a UKVI approved test centre:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert Academic SELT
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B1 / B2 / C1

If you have any questions about this, our International Student Advice Team can help you to apply for your visa.

English speaking countries

If you are from a country that UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) considers as majority English speaking, or you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of them, you then you will not have to prove your English language level for visa purposes.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • The British Overseas Territories
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

You also don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you are a national of Canada or you have proved your level of English in a previous visa application.

Please refer to the UKVI for the latest information.