English Requirements For Our Courses

English Language Requirements

English Requirements For Our Courses

English is the language of instruction at Robert Gordon University and all students must demonstrate that they’re proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening before starting a course with us.
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All applicants whose first language is not from a recognised English speaking country will be asked to provide evidence of their English language skills as part of their offer to study at RGU.

Specific English language requirements are found on our course pages as these may differ for certain course areas.

Please read carefully through the information to find out if you have the required evidence of English language to begin a course with RGU, and if you are unable to find the information or have any further queries then please contact the enquiries team: admissions@rgu.ac.uk


Visa Requirements and Proof of English Language

It is an academic and visa requirement to provide evidence of your level of English. This evidence of English may be where the University has assessed the Certificate (such as accepted secondary school English results) and confirms to the UKVI on your behalf, that it is equivalent to CEFR B2 in all 4 components of reading, writing, speaking and listening and has been accepted as proof of English language proficiency. You may also choose to present a UKVI recognised test.

The qualifications listed on this page have been assessed and confirmed as equivalent to the minimum of CEFR B2 for the 4 components of reading, writing, speaking and listening and are acceptable as proof of English language proficiency.

Recognised English-Speaking Countries

If you are a national and long term resident of a recognised English speaking country, you may not be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.  You may have to evidence either secondary or senior schooling within that country which is comparable to UK GCSE standard.  If you cannot evidence schooling, we will assess your residency within that country on a case by case basis.

List of Recognised English speaking countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
 

Degrees Studied in Recognised English Speaking Countries

If you are not a national from an English speaking country but have studied in one of the following countries and graduated with the equivalent of a UK bachelor degree, then we can accept this as proof of English Language proficiency.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America
 

In addition to this we can also accept some high school and equivalent qualifications.


Undergraduate Study - Accepted English Qualifications

Undergraduate courses normally require and IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.  Some of our courses require a different level of English.  Please check our course pages for specific details.  Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Equivalent qualifications we accept are:

Qualification Reading Writing Speaking Listening Overall
IELTS Academic 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0
PTE Academic 51 51 51  51  56
TOEFL iBT 18 17 20 17 80 
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency, C1 Advanced and B2 First 162 162 162 162 169
Integrated Skills in English (ISE III) Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
Integrated Skills in English (ISE II) Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction
Cambridge - IGCSE - First language C
Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language B B 2 A -
Bellerby's Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 60%
Kaplan Foundation Programme English 55% 55%  55% 55%  60% 
INTO Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 60%
ONCampus Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55%  60% 
Heriot Watt Portfolio
Pre-sessional programme
C C C C C


Cambridge English GCE O level

  • Singapore Syllabus 1128 - Grade C
  • Mauritius Syllabus 1125 and 1126 - Grade C
  • Brunei Syllabus 1120 - Grade C
  • Malaysia SPM 1119 - Grade C
  • All other countries, Syllabus 1123 - Grade C 


We also accept some country specific English qualifications:

  • Heriot Watt Portfolio Pre-sessional Programme at Grade C
  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) with English at C6 or above
  • Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) with English at C6 or above
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with English at Grade C or above
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with English at Grade C6 or above
  • CISCE Indian School Certificate (year 12) with English at 65% or above
  • Hong Kong HKALE AS Level English at Grade E or above or HKDSE English Language at Grade 4 or above
  • All India Senior School Examination Year 12, CBSE with English at 65% or above
  • MUET - Malaysian University Entrance Test - Band 4

Postgraduate Taught Study - Accepted English Qualifications

Postgraduate taught courses normally require an IELTS (or acceptable equivalent test) with a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.  Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

RGU also now accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. See required scores below.

English test qualifications we accept are:

Qualification Reading Writing Speaking Listening Overall
IELTS Academic 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.5
PTE Academic 51 51 51  51  61
TOEFL iBT 18 17 20 17 88
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency, C1 Advanced and B2 First 162 162 162 162 176
Integrated Skills in English (ISE III) Pass  Pass  Pass  Pass  Pass 
Integrated Skills in English (ISE II) Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction
Cambridge - IGCSE - First language C C C C C
Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language B B 2 A -
Bellerby's Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 65%
Kaplan Foundation Programme English 55% 55%  55% 55%  65% 
INTO Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55% 65%
ONCampus Foundation Programme English 55% 55% 55% 55%  65% 
Heriot Watt Portfolio
Pre-sessional programme
C C C C C


Cambridge English GCE O level

  • Singapore Syllabus 1128 - Grade C
  • Mauritius Syllabus 1125 and 1126 - Grade C
  • Brunei Syllabus 1120 - Grade C
  • Malaysia SPM 1119 - Grade C
  • All other countries, Syllabus 1123 - Grade C


We also accept some country specific English qualifications

  • Heriot Watt Portfolio Pre-sessional Programme at Grade C
  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) with English at C6 or above
  • Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) with English at C6 or above
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with English at Grade C or above
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with English at Grade C6 or above
  • CISCE Indian School Certificate (year 12) with English at 65% of above
  • All India Senior School Examination Year 12, CBSE with English at 65% or above
  • Hong Kong HKALE AS Level English at Grade C or above or HKDSE English Language at Grade 4 or above
  • MUET Malaysian University Entrance Test - Band 5

Postgraduate Research Study - Accepted English Qualifications

Postgraduate Research courses (e.g, MRes, MPhil, PhD) normally require an IELTS (or acceptable equivalent test) with a score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in all 4 components. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

RGU also now accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. See required scores below.

English test qualifications we accept are:

Qualification Reading Writing Speaking Listening Overall
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
PTE Academic 61 61 61  61  61
TOEFL iBT MyBest™ 22 22 23 21 88
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency, C1 Advanced and B2 First 176 176 176 176 176
Integrated Skills in English (ISE III) Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass
Cambridge – IGCE Secondary Education – English Language B B B B B
Cambridge - IGCSE - First language B B B(2) B B
Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language A A A(2) A -
Bellerby's Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
Kaplan Foundation Programme English 65% 65%  65% 65%  65% 
INTO Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
ONCampus Foundation Programme English 65% 65% 65% 65%  65% 
Heriot Watt Portfolio
Pre-sessional programme
B B B B B
NCUK Masters Preparation B B B B B
BACIET – English Test 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5

 

Cambridge English GCE O level

  • Singapore Syllabus 1128 - Grade B
  • Mauritius Syllabus 1125 and 1126 - Grade B
  • Brunei Syllabus 1120 - Grade B
  • Malaysia SPM 1119 - Grade B
  • All other countries, Syllabus 1123 (International GCE O Level)- Grade B

We also accept some country specific English qualifications

  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) with English at C6 or above
  • Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) with English at C6 or above
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with English at Grade C or above
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with English at Grade C6 or above
  • CISCE Indian Senior School Certificate (year 12) with English at 65% of above
  • All India Senior School Examination Year 12, CBSE with English at 65% or above
  • Hong Kong HKALE AS Level English at Grade C or above or HKDSE English Language at Grade 4 or above
  • MUET Malaysian University Entrance Test - Band 5

Need help?

If you do not have any of the above listed English language qualifications

  • RGU holds English language test in cities across the world. Find out more about the locations where these are taking place and how to book your test:
    RGU English language test
  • Book an English language test such as the IELTS
  • If you feel you need more English training before being tested, you can join our Pre-sessional English Programme

Summer Pre-sessional English Programme

If you do not have the required level of English to start your degree course at the University, you may wish to apply for our intensive English Language Pre-sessional Programme:


The Pre-sessional Programme aims to increase your English Language level before you start studying for your degree course.


Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Refer to course details or contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

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