These differ for each programme. If you have any doubts about whether you meet these requirements, contact us. We can also help if you cannot find your qualification or country on the list.
For courses starting in January 2022, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home and come to campus at a later date. Find out more here.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in January 2022.
Joining us on campus
You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements.
The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.
Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to campus at a later date.
You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.
You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.
The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme
Alternative tests accepted include:
You can start your studies in January 2022 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements.
This applies if you:
UKVI-approved SELTS include:
Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.
If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).
A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.
To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.
5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). New grades 9-4 in English and Maths.
The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate)
International School System - all markets IB Diploma 29 points (Subject pass mark = 3), UCAS 160 points
Please note: All other applications should be referred to the International Study Centre/Academic Manager.
*Alternatives are accepted for the English language requirement.
‡Students may need to complete the University of Strathclyde’s specific form for fee assessment purposes.
^Students from China and Taiwan currently studying a diploma or a degree may be eligible for an earlier entry route.
If you do not meet the requirements for your chosen programme you can choose to study for 1 or 2 terms of English language preparation beforehand.
English for Pre-Masters (for our two-term Pre-Masters Programme)
Preparation for Study (for our 12 week Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme)†
^Students on the English language course do not need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of their course to progress on to their Pre-Masters Programme. You will be assessed on your Academic English Skills (AES) grade at the International Study Centre (you will be required to achieve a minimum of 40% in all areas).
†You can study your English language course (1 term only) and the Pre-Masters Programme with one visa.
All students' English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival, and study plans may be altered accordingly. This may incur additional costs.
The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you are applying to study in the UK under the Student student route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application. If you don’t have a current IELTS grade, you may still apply to the International Study Centre. Please contact us to find out about alternative assessment of your English Language level.
Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.
Learn how much your programme will cost and any additional fees you will need to pay as part of your programme. You can also find out how to pay your deposit.
Explore the programmes we offer at the International Study Centre and choose the most suitable option to help you achieve your career goals.
Additional English language training is available if you need it. Our English Language Preparation course will improve your English language skills up to the required level.
Find out more on the programme page