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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.

If you are unsure of whether your English language level satisfies our criteria, please contact us at so that we can advise further.

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
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • 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 at least one year in the UK at degree level or higher (and completed successfully within the last five years).


Accepted English Language Tests

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

Kenya KCSE​
Grade B

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

Senior School Certificate Examination
English at C6 level or above (must have been taken in past 5 years)

South Africa National Senior Certifcate
Grade C or above in First Language English

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

West African Examinations Council
English at C6 level or above (must have been taken in past 5 years)