As an international student, you must have a valid English language qualification as well as the relevant academic qualifications in order to join an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Canterbury Christ Church.

IELTS

Run by the British Council, the IELTS test is the most widely recognised and commonly available English language qualification. The score you need is dependent on the course you wish to study with us. You can find these requirements in the table below.

If you don't have a valid English language qualification before you apply to us, we may still make you an offer which will be on the condition that you achieve the relevant IELTS grade. 

IELTS Indicator

IELTS Indicator is an online test that can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home. The test includes four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and you will receive an indicative score for each. Your performance will be marked by IELTS examiners and you will receive your result within seven days.

The Academic test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Educational providers can use IELTS Indicator to help them gauge the English language ability of future students while IELTS testing is suspended.

If your IELTS requirement is 6.5 and higher, please check directly with us regarding IELTS Indicator appropriateness i.e. for PRSB requirements. You can find the IELTS Indicator website by clicking here.

Our requirements

Course Type IELTS/IELTS Indicator Requirements (where appropriate)
Integrated international foundation year degree 5.5 in all elements
Stand-alone international foundation programmes 4.5 in all elements
10 week pre-sessional English course 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in all elements
6 week pre-sessional English course 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in all elements
Standard undergraduate course 6.0 overall with no element below 5.5
Professional health undergraduate courses (see below) 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5
Standard postgraduate course 6.0 overall with no element below 5.5
Non-standard postgraduate courses (see below) 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0

Professional health undergraduate programmes

Our professional health undergraduate programmes all have higher IELTS requirements than standard undergraduate courses.

Course  IELTS/IELTS Indicator Requirements (where appropriate)
BSc Adult Nursing 7.0 overall with scores of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing
BSc Child Nursing 7.0 overall with scores of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing
BSc Mental Health Nursing 7.0 overall with scores of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing
BSc Speech and Language Therapy 8.0 overall if English is not your first language

Non-standard postgraduate programmes

Our non-standard postgraduate programmes all require IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0. These are all of the postgraduate programmes in the School of Humanities as listed in the below table. 

Course  IELTS/IELTS Indicator Requirements (where appropriate)
MA by Research in American Studies 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA in Creative Writing 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA by Research in English Literature 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MPhil or PhD in English Literature 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA by Research in History 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MPhil or PhD in History 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA in Medieval in Early Modern Studies 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA in Modern History 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA by Research in Theology in Religious Studies 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MPhil or PhD in Theology and Religious Studies 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0

Non-standard programmes requiring IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0 also include the following:

Course IELTS requirements
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MA Social Work 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MCh Surgery (all course types) 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MSc Nursing 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MSc Psychology (conversation) 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0
MSc Foundation in Clinical Psychology 6.5 overall with no element below 6.0

Further English language qualification information

We understand that everyone's circumstances are different and therefore can consider other English qualifications. For example, if you are looking to join a stand-alone programme, we can admit you with a B1 in all four components and, if you require sponsorship for a Tier 4 visa, you would need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

For an integrated foundation year, if you have taken other English language tests, or have studied English as part of your secondary school qualifications, you may be considered in line with our standard overseas entry requirements. We can also accept the equivalent of B2 in other English Language tests – such as Pearsons and TOEFL.

All international students who take the International Foundation Year are asked to sit a Password English Language test after they have completed the course. If this applies to you, you would need to pass this test in order to progress onto Year 1 of your chosen undergraduate degree.