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English Language Requirements

To be accepted onto our programmes, you must be able to satisfy the University's English language requirements. The level required will depend on the programme you are applying for.  We strive to make your application process as easy as possible, however in all cases we reserve the right to request an English language qualification and / or conduct an interview.

We accept a wide range of English language qualifications including:

  • IELTS Academic
  • TOEFL
  • PTE Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Password
  • Duolingo English Test (for entry onto Pre-Sessional English programmes, and direct entry courses starting in September 2020 and January 2021, excluding Aston Medical School, OSPAP, and Postgraduate Research degree programmes).

Check the tables below on this page to find out our required scores for a range of English language tests.

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Main Entry IELTS Minimum Band Scores

Foundation

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
All 5 5 5 5 5.5

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Medical School 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
Aston Business School Two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 and above 6.5
Engineering and Physical Sciences 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0
Health and Life Sciences (except Aston Medical School) 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0

* The above is applicable to students entering Years 1 and 2 of undergraduate programmes. Articulation into the Final year will vary depending on the degree programme and subject to the agreement with the partner.

** BSc Biochemistry, BSc Neuroscience, BSc Biology, and BSc Psychology programmes (all) will accept applications from candidates where one band is at 5.5 and the others at 6.0 and above.

Postgraduate Taught (Masters Programmes)

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Business School 1 band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above 6.5
Aston Business School - MBA 1 band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above 6.5
Engineering and Physical Sciences 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0
Engineering and Physical Sciences - Engineering Systems and Management Programmes 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
Health and Life Sciences 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
Health and Life Sciences - OSPAP 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 1 band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above 6.5


* Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the 4 IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of the Aston Global Advantage. There will be no extra cost to the student.

Postgraduate Research Programmes

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Business School 6.5 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.5
Engineering and Physical Sciences 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
Health and Life Sciences 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 6.5 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.5
Main Entry TOEFL (iBT) Minimum Range Band Scores

Foundation

TOEFL is not accepted for entry onto foundation programmes.

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Medical School 26 28 26 23 109
Aston Business School * 18 23 19 19 93
Engineering and Applied Science 12 20 11 17 78
Life and Health Sciences 18 23 19 19 93
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 12 20 11 17 78

* The above is applicable to students entering Years 1 and 2 of undergraduate programmes. Articulation into the Final year will vary depending on the degree programme and subject to the agreement with the partner.

Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Business School 18 23 19 19 93
Aston Business School - MBA 18 23 19 19 93
Engineering and Applied Science 18 23 19 19 93
Life and Health Sciences 18 23 19 19 93
Life and Health Sciences - OSPAP 26 28 26 23 101
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 18 23 19 19 93

Postgraduate Research Programmes

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Business School 23 26 19 19 93
Engineering and Applied Science 18 23 19 19 93
Life and Health Sciences 18 23 19 19 93
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 23 26 19 19 93
Main Entry Pearson Minimum Band Scores
School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Foundation 
Foundation programmes 36 36 36 36 42
Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)
Aston Business School 57 57 57 57 63
Engineering and Applied Science 50 50 50 50 57
Life and Health Sciences 57 57 57 57 63
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 50 50 50 50 57
Aston Medical School n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)
Aston Business School 57 57 57 57 63
Aston Business School - MBA 57 57 57 57 63
Engineering and Applied Science 57 57 57 57 63
Life and Health Sciences 57 57 57 57 63
Life and Health Sciences - OSPAP 72 72 72 72 72
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 57 57 57 57 63
Postgraduate Research Programmes
Aston Business School 63 63 57 57 63
Engineering and Applied Science 57 57 57 57 63
Life and Health Sciences 57 57 57 57 63
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 63 63 57 57 63
Main Entry Password Band Scores

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

 
School / Programme Reading  Writing  Listening  Speaking  Overall
Aston Medical School 7.0  7.0  7.0  7.0  7.0
Aston Business School* Two bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 and above (applies to reading, writing, listening and speaking)        6.5
Engineering and Applied Science 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0
Life and Health Sciences** 6.0  6.0  6.0  6.0  6.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0

*The above is applicable to students entering Years 1 and 2 of undergraduate programmes. Articulation into the Final year will vary depending on the degree programme and subject to the agreement with the partner.

**BSc Biochemistry, BSc Neuroscience, BSc Biology, and BSc Psychology programme (all) will accept applications from candidates where one band is at 5.5 and the other at 6.0 and above.

Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)

 
School / Programme Reading  Writing  Listening  Speaking  Overall 
Aston Business School - MSc or LLM One band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above (applies to reading, writing, listening and speaking)       6.5 
Aston Business School - MBA 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
Engineering and Applied Science 5.0  5.0  5.0  5.0  5.5
Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering Systems and Management programmes 6.0  6.0  6.0  6.0  6.5 
Life and Health Sciences 6.0  6.0 6.0  6.0  6.5 
Life and Health Sciences - OSPAP 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities Our band at 5.5 as a minimum (applies to reading, writing, listening and speaking)       6.5

* Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one band will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of the Aston Global Advantage. There will be no extra cost to the student.

Aston Online
Aston Business School 6.5 6.5  6.0  6.0  6.5 
Engineering and Applied Science 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
Life and Health Sciences Not accepted        
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 6.5  6.5  6.0  6.0  6.5 
Duolingo Entry Requirements
Undergraduate Duolingo English Test 
Aston Medical School not accepted 
Aston Business School 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score
Engineering & Applied Science 100 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score
Health and Life Sciences (expect Aston Medical School) 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Social Sciences and Humanities 100 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 

*The above is applicable to students entering Years 1 and 2 of undergraduate programmes. Articulation in to the Final Year will vary depending on the degree programme and subject to the agreement with the partner.

 
Postgraduate (Master's Programmes) Duolingo English Test 
Aston Business School 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Aston Business School - MBA 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Engineering & Physical Sciences 100 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Engineering & Physical Sciences - Engineering Systems and Management programmes 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score
Health and Life Sciences (except OSPAP) 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score
Health and Life Sciences OSPAP not accepted 
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 

Please note, we do not accept the Duolingo test for entry to postgraduate research programmes.

Exemptions

If you meet any of the criteria below, then you may not need to provide an English language qualification: 

Graduated from a UK university?

If you studied for a minimum period of one year in the UK and achieved at least a 2:2 within the last two years then we will consider you to have met Aston’s English language requirements for Postgraduate study.

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National of a majority English Speaking Country

If you have one of the following nationalities then you will be exempt from the English Language requirements:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago United States of America.

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Academic qualification equivalent to a UK Degree - Taught in majority English Speaking Country

If you have a qualification from overseas and it is deemed to be equivalent to a UK degree. The degree must have been taught in one of the following majority English speaking countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.

Students will also have to provide provide official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the evaluation that the overseas academic qualification is equivalent to a UK degree (does not include professional or vocational qualifications).

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Exemptions for Undergraduate applicants

If you have studied or are studying recognised qualifications in English, such as GCSE English or IB, an IELTS qualification is not required provided you meet our minimum requirements.

Unfortunately this does not apply to any courses below degree level.


These don't apply to me

If you don't meet the above criteria you will need to meet our English language requirements as listed below.

For applicants whose English falls short of our minimum entry requirements we provide a range of Pre-sessional English Language programmes which aim to enable our applicants to reach our requisite levels of English and help them to become more confident about studying in English in the UK.

See pre-sessional dates and costs here
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Which English Language test should I take?

IELTS

If you have been asked to provide evidence of an IELTS Academic test (not the IELTS General test) at a certain level, there are now two to choose from.

  1. A standard IELTS Academic test.
  2. IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre.

The following applies to those who need a Tier 4 visa and have been made an offer based on an IELTS score:

  • If you have a direct entry unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, you can take any IELTS Academic test, whether from a UKVI approved centre or not.
  • If you require a CAS for a single Pre-sessional course, or have been made an unconditional offer for a Foundation year you must take your IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre.
  • If you are not sure which to choose, we strongly recommend that you take the UKVI approved test.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact the Visa Compliance Team or alternatively please contact the International Office.
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TOEFL

We will only accept TOEFL for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, and will be able to issue your CAS to support your overseas Tier 4 Visa application (if you hold a suitable level). However we will not be able to accept TOEFL for programmes below degree level, including Foundation and pre-sessional programmes.

If you have been made an offer for direct entry on to an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, then we will still accept a range of qualifications as evidence of your English Language ability, and you are NOT required to provide evidence of these for a Tier 4 visa application.