International Students

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Overview

You need a good level of English language to study at Newcastle University.

‌‌English will be the main language you use socially and for study.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide a recognised English language test or qualification. 

Undergraduate courses

In most cases you will need an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. You will also need at least IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in each of the four sub-skills:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Individual undergraduate course pages list if you need an overall IELTS score or sub-scores higher than this.

Postgraduate courses

English language requirements do vary so you should read the 'entry requirements' section of our postgraduate course pages.

English language courses

If you don't meet our English language requirements extra support is available. You could also complete a course to help improve your English before you start your degree. We provide these at INTO Newcastle. Please check your course information for full details of the requirements.

If you haven't studied with INTO Newcastle, you will take a short English Language test when you arrive. This is to identify if you need any extra study support.

Language support

We offer free English lessons throughout the year. You can attend classes, workshops and interactive lectures on a range of topics including:

  • academic reading and writing
  • listening and speaking
  • presentation skills
  • pronunciation and grammar  

Changes for 2020 and 2021

For 2020 and 2021 entry on to our courses, we have extended the validity periods we will accept for qualifications that prove student English language proficiency. The changes are listed below.     

Language Evidence 

Previous Validity Period 

New Validity Period 

English Language test (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) 

Taken 2 years before the start of the course 

Taken 3 years before the start of the course and must be verifiable on the relevant official website 

English Language qualification (e.g. iGCSE, A Level English Language) 

Awarded 3 years before the start of the course 

Awarded 4 years before the start of the course 

Previous degree studies in the medium of English language  

Awarded 3 years before the start of the course 

Awarded 4 years before the start of the course 

We also consider the following English Language tests for 2020 and 2021 entry:  

  • TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition 
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China  
  • Password Skills Test 

You can find more information about these English Language tests on the Tests (visa) tab.  

Further information

Full details of the University's English language requirements can be found in our English Language Policy 2021.

We accept a wide range of English language tests and are continuously reviewing our English Language Policy to include additional tests for 2021.

Tests (visa)

We accept a wide range of English language tests. The tests on this page are the only ones we accept if you need a visa to study with us.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores. You will see these on each course page under the 'entry requirements' section.

Our typical IELTS scores are: IELTS for UKVI (Academic)/ IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 with at least IELTS 5.5 in each sub-skill. Individual undergraduate  and postgraduate course pages list if you need an overall IELTS score or sub-scores higher than this.

Valid only if you have taken the test within two years of the start of your course with us (within three years for 2020 and 2021 entry only) and must be verifiable on the relevant official website.

Grades we usually accept from other qualifications

Grades we usually accept from other qualifications

Tests (no visa)

We also accept the following tests if you do not need a visa to study with us.

The below tests and Qualifications are considered acceptable for admission to the majority of Newcastle University’s degree programmes for applicants who do not need a Student Visa. If a Student Visa is required, an English Language Interview will be required if the test does not contain all 4 sub skills.

Exemptions

For most programmes you do not need to prove your English ability if you meet one of the criteria below.

  1. Within the last three years you have:
  • Completed 2 full academic years of undergraduate degree level study in one of the countries listed below. Applicants who require a student visa must have been awarded an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree in one of the countries listed below.
  • Been awarded a Masters qualification following 12 months of a masters degree level study, in one of the countries below. Applicants who require a student visa must have been awarded an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Masters degree in one of the countries listed below.
  • Been awarded a degree or degree level qualification which meets, or exceeds, the recognised standard of a UK bachelor’s degree, Masters degree or doctorate (as recognised by NARIC) and can provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the degree was taught and assessed in the medium of English language.

      2. You are a national from one of the countries below:

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