English Language Requirements

IETLS Requirements

  IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT) or IELTS Indicator(tests taken from 1st July onwards)
Bangor Business School 6.0 (5.5)
Biological Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Computer Science 6.0 (5.5)
Creative Studies & Media 6.0 (5.5)
Education 6.0 (5.5)
- QTS programmes 7.0 (6.5)
Electronic Engineering 6.0 (5.5)

English Literature / Creative Writing
*some combined subjects may only require 6.0 (5.5)

6.5 (6.0)*
Environment, Natural Resources & Geography 6.0 (5.5)
Healthcare Sciences  
- BN Nursing BM Midwifery 7.0 (7.0)
- BSc Radiography / BSc Healthcare Sciences 7.0 (6.5)
History, Welsh History & Archaeology 6.0 (5.5)
Law 6.5 (6.0)
LLB Law with Professional English 6.0 (5.5)
Linguistics & English Language 6.0 (5.5)
Medical Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Modern Languages 6.0 (5.5)
Music 6.0 (5.5)
Ocean Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Philosophy and Religion 6.5 (6.0)
Psychology 6.0 (5.5)
Social Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Sport, Health & Exercise Science 6.0 (5.5)
Welsh 6.0 (5.5)
  IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT) or IELTS Indicator (tests taken from 1st July onwards)
Bangor Business School 6.0 (5.5)
Biological Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Computer Science 6.0 (5.5)
Creative Studies & Media

 

6.0 (5.5)
Education  
- QTS courses 6.5 (6.0)
- Non QTS courses 6.0 (5.5)
- PGCE course 7.0(6.5)
MA Education  6.5 (6.0)
Electronic Engineering 6.0 (5.5)
- MSc Nanotechnology and Microfabrication 6.5 (6.0)
English Literature 6.5 (6.0)
Environment, Natural Resources & Geography 6.0 (5.5)
- MSc Distance Learning 6.5 (6.0)
Healthcare Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Nursing & Midwifery 6.0 (5.5)
History, Welsh History & Archaeology 6.0 (5.5)
Law 6.5 (6.0)
Linguistics & English Language 6.0 (5.5)
MA Applied Linguistics for TEFL 6.5 (6.0)
Medical Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
- MSc Genomics and Precision Medicine 6.0 (5.5)
Modern Languages 6.0 (5.5)
MA Translation Studies 6.5 (6.0)
Music 6.0 (5.5)
Ocean Sciences  
- MSc Marine Biology 6.5 (6.0)
- MSc Marine Environmental Protection 6.5 (6.0)
- MSc Applied Marine Geoscience 6.0(5.5)
- MSc Physical Oceanography 6.0 (5.5)
Psychology 6.0 (5.5)
- MSc Psychological Research 6.5 (6.0)
- MSc Neuroimaging 6.5 (6.0)
- MRes 6.5 (6.0)
Social Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
MA Criminology and Law 6.5 (6.0)
Sport, Health & Exercise Science 6.0 (5.5)
Welsh 6.0 (5.5)

 

  IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT) or IELTS Indicator (tests taken from 1st July onwards)
Bangor Business School 7.0 (6.5)
Biological Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Computer Science 6.0 (5.5)
Creative Studies & Media 7.0 (6.5)
- MRes 6.5 (6.0)
Education 6.5 (6.0)
Electronic Engineering 6.0 (5.5) (Writing 6.5)
English Literature 6.5 (6.0)
Environment, Natural Resources & Geography 6.5 (6.0)
Healthcare Sciences 7.0 (7.0)
History, Welsh History & Archaeology 6.0 (5.5)
Law 7.0 (6.5)
Linguistics & English Language 6.0 (5.5)
Medical Sciences 6.0 (5.5)
Modern Languages 6.5 (6.0)
Music 6.5 (6.0)
Ocean Sciences 6.5 (6.0)
Philosophy and Religion 7.0 (6.5)
Psychology 6.5 (6.0)
- MRes, Master by Research 6.5 (6.0)
- IMSCAR 7.0 (6.5)
Social Sciences 6.5 (6.0)
Sport, Health & Exercise Science 6.5 (6.0)
Welsh 6.0 (5.5)

Other Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Bangor University English Language Test (BUELT) Score required for Degree Programs

The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for:

IELTS score required 

Equivalent BUELT score required 

6.0 (5.5) 

60% (50%)

6.5 (6.0) 

65% (60%) 

7.0 (6.5) 

70% (65%) 

An overall score of between 55% and 59%, with no less than 45% in any module (apart from Grammar) allows candidates to proceed to their studies after completion of a 6-week English enhancement course at ELCOS.

For further information about the test and how to apply, please go to BUELT.

Bangor University English Language Test (BUELT) Score required for Pre-Sessional Programs

If you don’t satisfy the above scores required for direct entry onto our degree programs, then you can consider joining one of our ELCOS Pre-sessional courses, the entry requirements for the ELCOS courses will vary according to the course you are applying for:

IELTS score required 

Equivalent BUELT score required 

4.5 

-

5.0 

50% (40%)

5.5 

50% (45%)

For entry onto a Postgraduate course: Generally students who are nationals of a majority English-speaking country or have graduated from university in a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UKVI) will be exempt from IELTS requirements.

For entry onto an Undergraduate course: Students who are nationals of a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UKVImay be exempt from IELTS requirements if they have scored a minimum of Grade C in English Language in IGCSE/O Level OR EQUIVALENT

Pearson PTE Score required for Degree Programs

Bangor University recognises the Pearson PTE test scores. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for;

IELTS score required Equivalent Pearson (PTE) score required
6.0 (5.5) 56 (51)
6.5 (6.0) 62 (58)
7.0 (6.5) 67 (62)

Pearson PTE Score required for Pre-Sessional Programs

If you don’t satisfy the above scores required for direct entry onto our degree programs, then you can consider joining one of our ELCOS Pre-sessional courses, the entry requirements for the ELCOS courses will vary according to the course you are applying for:

IELTS score required Equivalent Pearson (PTE) score required
4.5  30 (30)
5.0 36 (30)
5.5 42 (36)

Bangor University recognises the Cambridge English test scores. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for;

IELTS score required 

Equivalent B2 First (formerly CEF) score required 

Equivalent CAE score required 

Equivalent CPE score required 

6.0 (5.5) 

168 

 

 

6.5 (6.0) 

175 

 

 

7.0 (6.5) 

180 

185 

CPE Certificate Holder

Bangor University recognises the ISE II and ISE III Language Tests. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for;

IELTS score required 

Equivalent ISE II score required 

Equivalent ISE III score required 

6.0 (5.5) 

‘Merit’ in 4 elements 

 

6.5 (6.0) 

‘Distinction’ in 4 elements 

‘Pass’ in 4 elements 

7.0 (6.5) 

 

‘Pass’ in 4 elements 

Please note: ‘Pass’ score in 4 elements of ISE II test will make you eligible for our 8-week presessional course.

Duolingo English Test – Online Test Score required for Degree Programs

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with Bangor University when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. More information can be found here.

IELTS score required 

Minimum Equivalent Duolingo Score Required 

6.0 (5.5) (CEFR B2) 

105 (90)

6.5 (6.0)  (CEFR B2)

115 (105)

Duolingo English Test – Online Test Score required for Pre-Sessional Programs

If you don’t satisfy the above scores required for direct entry onto our degree programs, then you can consider joining one of our ELCOS Pre-sessional courses, the entry requirements for the ELCOS courses will vary according to the course you are applying for:

IELTS score required 

Minimum Equivalent Duolingo Score Required   

4.5  (CEFR B1)

65 (60)

5.0 (CEFR B1)

75 (60)

5.5 (CEFR B1) 85 (60)

TOEFL iBT (TOEFL iBT taken at test centres and TOEFL iBT ‘at home’) Score required for Degree Programs

Bangor University recognises the TOEFL iBT (TOEFL iBT taken at test centres and TOEFL iBT ‘at home’) test scores. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for:

IELTS score required 

Equivalent TOEFL iBT score required

6.0 (5.5) 

75 overall 

(L-17, R-18, S-20, W-18)

6.5 (6.0) 

85 overall

(L-20, R-20, S-20,W-22)

TOEFL iBT (TOEFL iBT taken at test centres and TOEFL iBT ‘at home’) Score required for Pre-Sessional Programs                                                                                            

If you don’t satisfy the above scores required for direct entry onto our degree programs, then you can consider joining one of our ELCOS Pre-sessional courses, the entry requirements for the ELCOS courses will vary according to the course you are applying for:

IELTS score required 

Equivalent TOEFL iBT score required

4.5 

32 - 34 overall

5.0 

35 - 45 overall

5.5  46 - 59 overall

LanguageCert International ESOL (both Online and Paper based) Score required for Degree Programs

Bangor University recognises the LanguageCert International ESOL (both Online and Paper based) test scores. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for:

IELTS score required 

Equivalent LanguageCert ESOL score required

6.0 (5.5) 

Communication

Pass

6.5 (6.0) 

Communication

High pass

If you don’t satisfy the above scores required for direct entry onto our degree programs, then you can consider joining one of our ELCOS Pre-sessional courses, the entry requirements for the ELCOS courses will vary according to the course you are applying for:

LanguageCert International ESOL (both Online and Paper based) Score required for Pre-Sessional Programs 

IELTS score required  

Equivalent LanguageCert ESOL score required 

5.5  

B1 Achiever Pass

Bangor University also recognises the TEM (Test for English Major) 4 and 8 certificate for the majority of our academic degree courses.

IELTS score required  

Equivalent CET China – Band 6 score required 

6.0 (5.5)  

550 plus BUELT speaking test 50%+ 

IELCA (International English Language Competency Assessment) Score required for Degree Programs 

Bangor University recognises the IELCA test scores. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study that you are applying for;

IELTS score required    Equivalent IELCA score required

6.0 (5.5)                           30 (30)

6.5 (6.0)                           35 (30)

7.0 (6.5)                           40 (35)

IELCA (International English Language Competency Assessment Course) Score required for Pre-Sessional Programs 

If you don’t satisfy the above scores required for direct entry onto our degree programs, then you can consider joining one of our ELCOS Pre-sessional courses, the entry requirements for the ELCOS courses will vary according to the course you are applying for:

IELTS score required     Equivalent IELCA score required

4.5                                     30 (20)

5.0                                     25 (20)

5.5                                     30 (25)

If you do not meet the English language requirement detailed above, we advise you to opt for a Pre-sessional course offered by Bangor University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS). These courses enable students to reach the language level required for entry onto degree courses. A range of courses are available from intensive short courses to all-year-round study.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have not been able to achieve the English language level required for your chosen course, you may apply to undertake a Pre-sessional English course at Bangor University. To apply, download an application form.

To find out more about pre-sessional courses, visit here.

September Entry – Academic Degree

Your Level Level/Score Needed Course Date Cost
4.0 (no element below 4.0)
4.5 (no element below 4.0)
6.0
6.5
42 weeks September – September £9,500
4.5 (no element below 4.0)
5.0 (no element below 4.0)
6.0
6.5
30 weeks September – June £7,500
4.5 (no element below 4.0)
5.0 (no element below 4.5)
6.0
6.5
31 weeks January – September (includes 4 week break) £7,500
5.0 (no element below 4.0)
5.5 (no element below 4.0)
6.0
6.5
19 weeks January – June £4,750
5.0 (no element below 4.5)
5.5 (no element below 5.0)
6.0
6.5
20 weeks April – September £4,750
5.5 (no element below 4.0)
6.0 (no element below 4.0)
6.0
6.5
12 weeks June – September £3,100
5.5 (with reading & writing no lower than 5.5) 6.0 8 weeks July – September £2,100
6.0 (with only 1 element lower than 5.5) 6.0 4 weeks August – September £1,100

January Entry – Academic Degree

Your Level Level/Score Needed Course Date Cost
5.0 (no element below 4.0)
5.5 (no element below 5.5)
6.0
6.5
24 weeks June – December £4,750
5.5 (no element below 4.0)
6 .0 (no element below 5.5)
6.0
6.5
12 weeks September – December £3,100
5.5 (with reading & writing no lower than 5.5) 6.0 8 weeks October – December £2,100
6.0 (with only 1 element lower than 5.5) 6.0 4 weeks November – December £1,100

Exit level for pre-sessional courses: The exit level for all of the pre-sessional courses is a minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Students will need to pass the course with 55% to meet the English language level. For courses which require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) students will need to pass with 65%.

Please note Bangor University’s Designated Institution (DI) code is: 0565

Contact:

For further information, please contact the International Admissions Office by email at internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0) 1248 382028.