English language requirements

Additional English language tests accepted during COVID-19

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of English language test centres worldwide, and now with test centres starting to reopen 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 alternatives 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.

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. The alternative options above cannot be accepted for courses that lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) OR membership with a regulatory body OR for any courses that have a placement. Please contact the relevant programme team for any required clarification.

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 start of your course. Minimum requirements are detailed below, however, higher levels may be required for entry to certain courses.

  • 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

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree, we offer online pre-sessional English language courses.

Our courses help students to improve their English language skills and provide expert preparation for those who are already academically qualified to study at GCU.