English language requirements
If you want to study at the University of Sheffield, you must be able show that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course.
If you have successfully completed a first degree or postgraduate diploma taught in English in a majority native English speaking country, you will not normally need to provide other evidence of English language ability. Otherwise, in most cases you will need to complete an acceptable English language qualification.
For UK students we normally ask for a minimum of a grade C in GCSE English Language. We also accept a range of alternative UK qualifications.
For EU and International students, we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as Secure English Language Tests (SELTs), such as IELTS and TOEFL. Please note that if you are taking a pre-sessional course at another institution, we will normally still ask you to demonstrate your English language proficiency by completing one of the qualifications listed below.
If you are intending to include a SELT qualification as part of your application, this should have been completed within two years of the start date of your course at Sheffield. If you are presenting a non-SELT qualification which was completed more than five years before the start date of your course at Sheffield, we may ask you to provide evidence of ongoing use of English.
If you are a national of a majority native English speaking country, we will not ask you to complete a specific English language qualification. However we would normally expect to see evidence of achievement in English, for example through your school leaving qualification.
Details of all the English language qualifications, and minimum scores, that we accept for postgraduate study are provided below. If your qualification is not included, or if you require further information, please contact the Admissions Service. For details of English language teaching at the University of Sheffield, please visit the English Language Teaching Centre website.
Acceptable English language qualifications
Secure English Language Tests (SELTs)
|International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Please note that we only accept the Academic Version of the IELTS test.||Average of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each component|
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please note that the internet-based test (IBT) is the only TOEFL qualification that we accept.||88 or above, with at least 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking|
|University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test (USEPT) (graded as a percentage equivalent to IELTS point score, eg 65% = IELTS 6.5)||Average of 65% or above with at least 55% in each component|
|Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)||61 or above, with at least 51 in each component|
Please note that the minimum scores listed above are the minimum scores that the University accepts. Many of our courses ask for a higher level of achievement in SELT qualifications. You can find the IELTS requirements for individual taught courses in the taught course listings, and for postgraduate research on our research webpages. The equivalences between IELTS and other SELT qualifications are set out in the second table on the ELTC's Comparison of English language test scores webpage.
Other international tests of English
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English||Grade 4 or above|
|European Baccalaureate (EB) English||6.5 or above|
|Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)||60%/Grade C or above|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)||Grade C or above|
|London Examinations Certificate of Attainment||Level 4 or above|
|NCUK International Foundation Year: English for Academic Purposes Module||Grade C or above|
|NEAB University Entrance Test in English||Pass|
|Oxford Higher Level Certificate||Pass, Credit or Distinction|
|GCSE English Language||Grade C or above|
|GCE O Level English Language||Grade C or above|
|A Level or AS Level in an essay-based subject taught in English||Grade C or above|
|IGCSE or International O Level in English (as a first language)||Grade C or above|
|IGCSE English Language (as a second language)||Grade B or above|
|Scottish Certificate of Education, Standard Grade English||Grade 2 or above|
|Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher Grade English||Grade C or above|
|Irish Leaving Certificate English||Grade C or above|
|Finnish Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg English||Score of 4 or above|
|French Baccalauréat l'Option Internationale, English||Grade 11 or above|
|German Abitur, English||Grade 11 or above|
|Netherlands VWO, English||Grade 7 or above|
|Norwegian Vitnemål, English||Grade 4 or above|
|Swedish Fullstandigt fran Gymnasieskolan, English||Grade VG or above|
|Botswana BGCSE, English||Grade C or above|
|Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level in English language||Grade B or above|
|Cameroon GCE O Level, English||Grade C or above|
|Caribbean Examination Council General Proficiency, English||Grade I or II|
|Hong Kong A Level Use of English||Grade C or above|
|Indian Standard XII, English Language||70% or above|
|Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), English||Grade B or above|
|Malaysian 1119 syllabus (UCLES)||Grade C or above|
|Singapore GCE O Level, English||Grade C or above|
|National Examinations Council of Tanzania – Certificate of Secondary Education Examination, English||Grade C or above|
|Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE), English||Grade 6 or above|
|West African Examinations Council School Certificate (WAEC SSCE), English||Grade 6/C or above (please note that in the West African Examinations Council School Certificate a lower grade indicates higher achievement – ie 5 is better than 6)|
|Zambian Secondary School Certificate, English||Grade 6/C or above|
Qualifications not accepted
Please note that we are unable to accept some qualifications as meeting the English language entry requirements. Qualifications we are unable to accept include the following:
- Anglia Examinations in English
- Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
- Cambridge Preliminary English Test (PET)
- Key English Test (KET)
- London Chamber of Commerce: English for Business
- Malaysian Certificate of Educational English Language
- Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency
- Oxford International Business English Certificate
- Pitman English for Business Communications
- Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)