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English Language Requirements

The University of Chichester needs to ensure that you, our International students, (for whom English Language is not your first language), have a good standard of English Language to enable you to complete your academic studies to the best of your ability. 

The below information should help you to understand whether you require an English Language qualification and what qualifications we will accept at the University of Chichester as proof of your level of English.

Students that do not meet the standard English entry requirements for their course can consider one of our pre sessional English courses.

We can also assess applicant language entry levels via our own assessment for entry to undergraduate & postgraduate programmes for those who do not have a current, recognised formal qualification. To find out more about this please contact us at international@chi.ac.uk.

Exemptions for an English Language Test include:

1. Students who are nationals from a majority English speaking country:

  • 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
  • The US

This information is in line with UKVi guidelines.

2. Students that have studied for one year in the UK at degree level or higher (and completed successfully within the last five years).

3. Students that have achieved relevant qualifications at secondary level or higher that have been taught and assessed in the medium of English Language either in the UK or in their home country.  Students must provide evidence of this in their application.

The English Language Requirements are typically based on:

Undergraduate with International English Studies (IES): IELTS 5.5 (with none of the four components lower than 5.5)

Undergraduate: IELTS 6.0 (with none of the four components lower than 5.5)

Postgraduate: IELTS 6.5 (with none of the four components lower than 5.5)

Some programmes do require a higher overall score or a specific component score so do refer to the course information on the website for specific entry requirements.

We also accept the following English language tests in lieu of IELTS:



International qualifications acceptable for Undergraduate study in lieu of an English Language Test:

Hong Kong HKDSE English
Grade 4 (will accept Grade 3 for UG with IES

Indian Class XII / CBSE / CISCE​

Czech Republic Maturitni Zkouška / Maturita or the Vysvedcení o Maturitní Zkoušce​
Achieve a minimum grade of 1 on the English component

Denmark- Studentereksamenas​
At least 4/7 on the English component

Finland Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (matriculation examination)
Minimum Grade 4 in the English component

German Abitur​
Grade 9

Hungarian matura
Minimum advanced level of 4

Malaysian Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)
Advanced English C

Norway - Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole​
A minimum grade of 4 on the English component

Polish Matura​
70% or above in the English component

Romanian Diploma de Bacalaureat​
Achieve B2 in the English component

South African Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement)
English at grade C (Standard Grade) or grade E (Higher Grade)

Singapore/Cambridge O Levels
English grade C

Kenya KCSE​
Grade B