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All teaching at St George’s is delivered in English, therefore, you must be proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening in English to excel on your chosen course. The level of English Language you are required to demonstrate is dependent upon the programme for which you have applied. 

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student requiring a visa to study in the UK must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a Student Route visa (formerly Tier 4) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.  For more information about student visas, see St George's Visa and Immigration Support

Ways to meet our English Language requirements for 2023 entry

You can meet our English language requirements in one of the following ways:

 Country Exemption  English Language Test Professional Registration  Academic Qualification
If you are from an English-speaking country, you may already meet our requirements. Find out more below. You can take a specific English Language test to demonstrate your English proficiency.  See our requirements below. You may meet our English Language requirements because of the work you do. Check your registration below. Studying English Language as part of your academic study can meet our requirements. See the full list below.

Country Exemptions, English Language Tests, Professional Registration

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Country Exemptions

If you are a national from a majority English speaking country as specified by UKVI listed below, you do not need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency:

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

Please note: Standard checks must still be carried out to ensure you meet our GCSE English requirements, as published on our course entry requirement pages.

English Language Tests

The requirements for English Language Tests are split into three groups. Review which group you fall into, and then view your test requirements below.

Step 1. Identify your course group
 Level Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Undergraduate        Diagnostic Radiography Biomedical Science None
Healthcare Science Clinical Pharmacology        
Medicine (5-year)       
Medicine (Graduate Entry)
Occupational Therapy
Paramedic Science
Physiotherapy
Radiotherapy and Oncology
 Postgraduate

Advanced Breast Practice

Biomedical Science

Physician Associate Studies

Advanced Clinical Practice Healthcare and Biomedical Education  
Genomic Medicine Heart Failure
Global Health Interpretation and Clinical Application of Genomic Data
Healthcare Research Skills and Methods Sports Cardiology
Occuapational Therapy  
Physiotherapy
Translational Medicine
Step 2. Look up your English Language Test requirement

Please note: all English Language Tests must be dated within two years of the start date of your chosen programme.

Qualification

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Most Common

International English Language Testing System: IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components

6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components

7.5 overall with 7.5 in Writing and 7.0 in all other components

Test of English as a Foreign Language: TOEFL (iBT) and (iBT Paper)

93 overall with 27 in Writing, 20 in Listening and Speaking, and 19 in Reading.

79 overall with 24 in Writing, 14 in Listening and Speaking, and 18 in Reading.

102 overall with 28 in Writing, 22 in Listening and Speaking, and 20 in Reading.

Please note, we do not accept the TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test

A-Z of English Language Tests

Cambridge Advanced English: CAE

185 overall with 185 in Writing and 176 in all other components

176 overall with 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components

191 overall with 191 in Writing and 185 in all other components

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: CPE

LanguageCert

Including SELT, International ESOL, Online version

C1 Expert with 33 in each component

OR

C2 Mastery with 233 in Writing, Speaking and Reading, and 25 in Listening.

B2 Communicator with 38 in Writing and 33 in other all other components

OR

C1 Expert with 33 in each component

OR

C2 Mastery with 233 in Writing, Speaking and Reading, and 25 in Listening.

C1 Expert with 33 in each component

OR

C2 Mastery with 233 in Writing, Speaking and Reading, and 25 in Listening.

Occupational English Test: OET (OET Paper/Computer) and (OET @ Home)

Grade B/350 in all elements

Grade C+/300 in all elements

Grade B/350 in all elements

Pearson Test of English: PTE (Academic)

65 overall with 65 in Writing and 59 in all other components

59 overall with 59 in Writing and 51 in all other components

73 overall with 73 in Writing and 59 in all other components

Trinity Integrated Skills in English: Trinity ISE

ISE (III) with pass in all components

ISE (II) with distinction in all components

OR

ISE (III) with pass in all components

ISE (III) with merit in all components

Professional Registration

You will be considered as having met our English Language requirements if you are able to provide evidence of one of the follow professional registrations:

  • Current and full registration with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Current and full registration with the General Dental Council (GDC)
  • Current and full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Current and full registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Please note: You are required to list this registration on your application form and provide evidence of your registration when requested by the Admissions team.

 Academic Qualifications

There are several academic qualifications that we accept as demonstration of your English Language proficiency. You will need to have studied English Language as a subject.

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UK Qualifications

Please note: any qualification used to meet our English Language requirements must be dated within five years of the start date of your chosen programme.

Academic Level

Qualification

Grade

Level 2

GSCE English Language – for undergraduate programmes

See course pages

GCSE English Language – for postgraduate programmes

Grade 5

SQA Scottish Intermediate 2 or National 5 English

Grade B

Level 3

AS Level: English Language

Grade B

A Level: English Language

Grade B

International Baccalaureate

See International qualifications (taken prior to degree study) below

SQA Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher English

Grade B

Level 6

Undergraduate degree

2:2

Level 7

Postgraduate degree

Pass

International qualifications (taken prior to degree study)
Please note: any qualification used to meet our English Language requirements must be dated within five years of the start date of your chosen programme.

If your country or qualification is not listed below, you will be required to obtain another English Language qualification listed on this page, such as IELTS, etc. 

Country

Qualification

Grade

Multiple

European Baccalaureate English – Level 1

Grade 6

European Baccalaureate English – Level 2

Grade 7

European Baccalaureate English – Level 3

Grade 7.5

Multiple

iGCSE English Language – for undergraduate programmes

See course pages

iGCSE English Language – for postgraduate programmes

Grade 5

Please note, all iGCSEs must state Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening on the statement of results / certificate.

Multiple

International Baccalaureate English – Standard Level

Level 5

International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature – Standard Level

Level 5

International Baccalaureate English – Higher Level

Level 4

International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature – Higher Level

Level 4

International Baccalaureate English – A1 or A2 (SL/HL)

Level 5

A-Z of countries

Austria

Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis - English

2 (gut) in written and oral components

Belgium

Belgium Diploma van Secundair – English

80%,

16 out of 20 ,

grote onderscheiding,

avec grande distinction 

Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur - English

Botswana

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) School Certificate English Language

Grade B

Brunei

Brunei O Level (taken with Cambridge International Exams (Specification 1120)) English

Grade B

Denmark

Bevis for Hojere Forberedelseseksamen English

Score of 10

Bevis for Studentereksamen English

Finland

Studentexamensbetyg English

English 5

Ylioppilastutkintotodistus English

France

Baccalaureate - English LV1

14 out of 20

Baccalaureate - OIB English

12 out of 20

Germany

Abitur – English as a main course

13

Abitur – English Language as a Leistungkurs

2/6

Hong Kong

HKCEE English

Level 4

HKDSE English

Level 5

Hong Kong AS Level English

Grade B

Iceland

Iceland Stúdentspróf (bóknámsbraut) – English as a compulsory language

8

India

HSC English / Standard XII English

70%

Ireland (Republic of)

Ireland Leaving Certificate English (Higher or Ordinary)

Grade B

Kenya

KCSE English

Grade B

Luxembourg

Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires – English

45 (bien)

Malaysia

SPM UCLES Syllabus in English

Grade A

Mauritius

Mauritius O Level (taken with Cambridge International Exams (Specification 1125/1126)) English

Grade B

Netherlands

Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) – English

8 (goed)

Nigeria

See West Africa below.

-

Norway

Vitnemal – English

4 out of 6

Singapore

O Level English Language (taken with Cambridge International Exams)

Grade B

SIPLCAL – English Language

Grade B

South Africa

South Africa NSC – English Home Language

Grade 4

South Africa NSC – English First Additional Language

Grade 7

Sweden

Slutbetyg – English

15/20

Switzerland

Switzerland Certificat de Maturité – English

5 (bien, gut, bene)

Maturitätszeugnis – English

Attestato di Maturità – English

Tanzania

Tanzanian Certificate of Secondary Education English

Grade B

Uganda 

Ugandan Certificate of Education (UCE) English

Grade 4

USA

High school diploma English

Grade B

West Africa

WAEC / WASSCE / NECO – English

C5

Zambia  

Zambian General Certificate of Education, English 

Grade 6/C

Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education English: C

Credit (5-6)

International qualifications (equivalent to UK degree)

If you have an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in one of the majority-English-speaking countries below (excludes Canada), you will meet our English Language requirements. The degree must be completed no more than 5 years before the start date of your studies.  

  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Australia 
  • The Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belize 
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Ireland (Republic of)
  • Jamaica 
  • Malta 
  • New Zealand 
  • St Kitts and Nevis 
  • St Lucia 
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • USA 

 OR

If you have an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree, which was taught and examined (in its entirety) in English from one of the countries below, you will meet our English Language requirements. The degree must be completed no more than 5 years before the start date of your studies.

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Singapore
  • South Africa

To evidence this requirement, you will need:

  • A statement of comparability from UK ENIC. The Admissions team will be able to obtain this on your behalf once you have applied, but you may wish to obtain your own statement so you can be sure that you eligible.
  • An official confirmation from the institution where you completed your degree that the course was taught and examined in English.

 

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