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English requirements

If English is not your first language, we will need to see evidence that you have a good standard of Englishbefore we send you an offer to study with us.

You can fulfil the English language requirements for our undergraduate courses with one of the following awards or proficiency tests.

The language requirements for our postgraduate courses differ by academic provider. Please see our course pages for details.

English language requirements

The following awards satisfy our English language requirements for all undergraduate courses.

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge English Language 1119 conducted by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (grade 6).
  • Hong Kong Examination Authority Advanced level Use of English (grade C).
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language, Syllabus B (grade C).
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) English Language section from 2007 (level 3).
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE): English Language (level 3).
  • International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE): English as a Second Language (grade B).

Awards issued by the following authorities are accepted for all undergraduate courses, provided they have been awarded within the past three years:

  • Hong Kong, an associate degree, higher diploma or degree awarded by an acceptable university.
  • Hong Kong Examinations Authority AS 'Use of English' (grade E).
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE): English as a Second Language (grade C).
  • Malaysia, an accredited foundation programme, diploma or degree awarded by an acceptable institute.
  • Malaysia, HELP Foundation programme: Advanced English module (accepted for degrees led by LSE and the International Foundation Programme).
  • Malaysian Certificate of Education / Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia: English Language (122 or 322) grade C (6).
  • PSB Academy Diploma (at least 9 months full-time or 12 months part-time in duration).
  • Singapore Polytechnic: a diploma awarded by an acceptable polytechnic in Singapore.

The following proficiency tests are accepted for all undergraduate courses, provided they have been awarded within the past three years:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English.
  • City & Guilds International ESOL 8984 Mastery award.
  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System: 6 overall, with 5.5 in each sub-test.
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic: 54 overall, with 54 in Reading and Writing elements.
  • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) Business English Certificate, Level 3 only (BEC 3 award).
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: 87 overall, with 21+ in Reading and Writing sub-tests and 19+ in Speaking and Listening sub-tests.

The following proficiency tests are accepted for the International Foundation Programme, provided they have been awarded within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System: 5.5 overall, with 5.0 in each sub-test.
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic: 46 overall, with 46 in both Reading and Writing.
  • (TOEFL) iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: 75 overall, with 18+ in Reading and Writing sub-tests and 16+ in Speaking and Listening.