English Language Requirements

If your native language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate your English proficiency by gaining an English language qualification prior to the commencement of your programme. Minimum requirements are detailed below, however higher levels may be required for entry onto certain programmes.

  • Successful completion of an INTO Glasgow Caledonian University English language programme
  • Academic IELTS Average Score of 6, with no element less than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet based test overall score of 78 with minimum element scores of reading at 18, listening at 17, speaking at 20 and writing at 17
  • Pearson PTE Academic overall score of 54 with no element less than 51
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) with a minimum Grade C
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) - Pass at Level III

We also accept other English Language Qualifications.

Additional English language tests accepted during COVID-19

At GCU we are aware of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of English language test centres worldwide, and now with test centres starting to re-open across the world it may not be possible for everyone to visit these centres or get an available slot to attend. Therefore, we are now temporarily accepting a range of alternative to our current English language requirements to allow a more flexible route for you to achieve your English language standard for entry to one of our courses.

GCU will also continue to accept local equivalencies for English language (PDF download).

Temporary alternative options:

  • IELTS Indicator home-based test
    • Results require to be as per GCU Academic IELTS requirement
  • Where the above are not available, the Duolingo English Test will also be accepted* with a minimum mark of 115.


 *Most courses in the School of Health and Life Sciences can accept Duolingo. However, the Department of Nursing and Community Health are awaiting clarification for courses that lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Additionally, for any courses that have a placement or require membership with a regulatory body, you will have to complete an IELTS test before being able to register with them once in the UK. Please contact the relevant programme team for any clarification required.


Pre-entry English language courses

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INTO Glasgow Caledonian University offers a range of academic and English language pathway programmes for applicants to Glasgow Caledonian University.  As a college within the University, INTO courses are fully accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University and INTO students are based on, and have full access to, Glasgow Caledonian University facilities.

English courses on offer include:

For more detailed information, please visit INTO Glasgow Caledonian University's website or contact us at intoscotland@gcu.ac.uk or on  +44 141 331 8080.