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English Language Requirements

The tables below (click on the relevant course level drop-down) specifies the IELTS score (and equivalent scores in other acceptable English tests) required to enter programmes within the University’s Academic Schools. The level required will vary according to the course and level of study.

Bangor University also recognizes Non-SELT Tests and Online Tests as mentioned below for direct entry to its degree programs.  

Also, scores lower than IELTS 6.0 equivalent in any of these non-SELT and Online test scores will also be recognized for entry onto our Online Pre Sessional English courses. Candidates may consider gaining entry into the UK to study a pre-sessional English programme by means of a student visitor visa. For further information about this option contact elcos@bangor.ac.uk

Undergraduate

  IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT)  
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)

Postgraduate Taught / Masters

  IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT)  
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)

Postgraduate Research / PhD

  IELTS (SELT or Non-SELT)  
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

You may be exempt from the IELTS requirement if you satisfy one of the following criteria:

Bangor University English Language Test (BUELT)

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%)

Nationals or Graduates of a majority English-speaking country

  1. 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.
  2. For entry onto an Undergraduate course: Students who are nationals of a majority English-speaking country (as defined by the UKVI) may 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

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)

Cambridge English Language Assessment

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

Trinity College London – ISE II & III

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

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 

Equivalent Duolingo score required 

6.0 (5.5) 

105 

6.5 (6.0) 

115 

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 

Equivalent Duolingo score required 

4.5 

65

5.0

75

5.5 85

TOEFL iBT (TOEFL iBT taken at test centres and TOEFL iBT ‘at home’)

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)

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

China  - CET6, TEM4 and TEM8 

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%+ 

None of the above

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

Pre-sessional course requirements

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. 

You can request a pre-sessional course when you accept your degree programme offer in the application portal:

When you select the ‘Accept’ option, a drop down bar will appear that will allow you to select the appropriate pre-sessional course that you require.

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

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.