Before you begin your studies with us as an international student, you'll need an English language qualification that's recognised by the University.
Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, you'll need to submit an English language qualification.
All qualifications submitted for English language must be achieved within two years of the course start date.
September 2018 Intake: 24th September 2018
Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for International Year One
Applicants applying for either International Year One, or a Pre-Sessional English Course, will require a Home Office approved 'Secure English Language Test (SELT). There are two qualifying qualifications:
- IELTS for UKVI Academic - for applicants outside of the UK; and
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English - for applicants already in the UK
To join the International Year One course (September entry), applicants will need - IELTS 5.0 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test. For the February start date of this course applicants will need a minimum of IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for a Pre-Sessional English Course
To join one of our Pre-Sessional English Courses, the following requriements apply:
- 5/6 week pre-sessional course entry leading to undergraduate study: IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
- 11/12 week pre-sessional course entry leading to undergraduate study: IELTS 5.0 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test (Level B1).
- 5/6 week pre-sessional course entry leading to postgraduate study: UKVI approved IELTS 6.0 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
- 11/12 week pre-sessional course entry: UKVI approved IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test (Level B1)
Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for Undergraduate Courses
- IELTS Academic 6.0 overall: must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
- TOEFL iBT: Total 72 include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.
- PTE Level B2: must include a minimum of 51 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
Requirements may be higher for specific courses, such as English Literature or Creative Writing.
Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for Postgraduate Courses
- IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0: must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
- TOEFL iBT: Total 75 include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.
- PTE Level C1: must include a minimum of 67 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
- Requirements for Business and Management courses; Art & Design Courses; and Music & Performance courses are the equivalent of IELTS Academic 6.0 overall: must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Alternative Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students
Alternatively, applicants who require a Tier 4 visa and are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course may submit the following:
- A degree awarded by a recognised institution in a majority English speaking country, listed under 'Exceptions' on the Tier 4 visa page
- West African Examinations Council with a minimum of 5 subjects (must include English) at C6 level.
- iGCSE: Minimum of 6 subjects, at A*-C including English, at A*-C
- International Baccalaureate: a score of 26 overall, must include English Language with a minimum of Higher 4
- Foundation degrees and A-Levels studied in the UK or a majority English speaking country
Applicants holding alternative English qualifications are advised to contact International Admissions for advice the suitability of their qualifications by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Applicants who do not require a visa to study in the UK - eg. EU nationals
Any of the above qualifications can all be submitted as evidence of English language proficiency.
What if I don't meet these requirements
Take a pre-sessional English language course with us
If you don’t meet the English language requirements, you can join our Pre-sessional English Language course before you begin your degree.
The course will not only teach you English language skills appropriate for progression to your academic degree - through individual support from your tutors and a variety of teaching methods, the course will also help you gain:
- knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning styles and expectations of studying at a UK university;
- increased knowledge of your academic subject;
- academic and study skills;
- research skills, critical thinking and analysis;
- increased confidence for success.
Depending on your current level of English you will be able to join either the 12/11 weeks or 6/5 weeks Pre-sessional programme. Please check the entry requirements for the Pre-sessional English Language course.
Study English in your home country
If you need to improve your English language score or you just want to be more prepared before you start your studies, there are many opportunities to study English in your home country. The British Council provides English language teaching and preparation for the IELTS examination. Our Regional Offices can also help you find accredited IELTS examination centres in your country.
Request English Language support while you study
We appreciate that studying in a different language for the first time can be a big challenge, especially with the added pressure of needing to complete your degree. We have help and support available to assist you throughout your journey at Bath Spa University.
The English Language Unit
To ensure that you can meet those challenges, fully engage in university life and reach your full potential as learners, The English Language Unit (ELU) provides free English language and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) support for all international students whose first language is not English.
The Writing and Learning Centre
The University’s Writing and Learning Centre (WLC) is here to support you in your academic work at any stage of your academic career. WLC offers 1:1 individual sessions as well as workshops and courses on a variety of topics to help you improve your academic reading and writing, referencing, digital literacy, critical thinking, making the transition to university study and returning to study after a break.
If you have a qualification not listed here, please contact our International Admissions team, and we will consider your qualifications on an individual basis. Please email email@example.com