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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.

Main Entry IELTS Minimum Band Scores

Foundation

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
All55555.5

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Medical School7.07.07.07.07.0
Aston Business SchoolTwo bands at 5.5 and other bands at 6.0 and above6.5
Engineering and Physical Sciences5.55.55.55.56.0
Health and Life Sciences (except Aston Medical School)6.06.06.06.06.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities5.55.55.55.56.0

* 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 School1 band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above6.5
Aston Business School - MBA1 band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above6.5
Engineering and Physical Sciences5.55.55.55.56.0
Engineering and Physical Sciences - Engineering Systems and Management Programmes6.06.06.06.06.5
Health and Life Sciences6.06.06.06.06.5
Health and Life Sciences - OSPAP7.07.07.07.07.0
School of Social Sciences and Humanities1 band at 5.5 as a minimum. Other bands at 6.0 and above6.5


* 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 School6.56.56.06.06.5
Engineering and Physical Sciences6.06.06.06.06.5
Health and Life Sciences6.06.06.06.06.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities6.56.56.06.06.5
Main Entry Pearson Minimum Band Scores

Foundation

TOEFL is not accepted for entry onto foundation programmes.

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Medical School26282623109
Aston Business School *1823191993
Engineering and Applied Science1220111778
Life and Health Sciences1823191993
School of Social Sciences and Humanities1220111778

* 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 School1823191993
Aston Business School - MBA1823191993
Engineering and Applied Science1823191993
Life and Health Sciences1823191993
Life and Health Sciences - OSPAP26282623101
School of Social Sciences and Humanities1823191993

Postgraduate Research Programmes

School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Aston Business School2326191993
Engineering and Applied Science1823191993
Life and Health Sciences1823191993
School of Social Sciences and Humanities2326191993
Main Entry Pearson Minimum Band Scores
School / ProgrammeReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall
Foundation 
Foundation programmes3636363642
Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)
Aston Business School5757575763
Engineering and Applied Science5050505057
Life and Health Sciences5757575763
School of Social Sciences and Humanities5050505057
Aston Medical Schooln/an/an/an/an/a
Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)
Aston Business School5757575763
Aston Business School - MBA5757575763
Engineering and Applied Science5757575763
Life and Health Sciences5757575763
Life and Health Sciences - OSPAP7272727272
School of Social Sciences and Humanities5757575763
Postgraduate Research Programmes
Aston Business School6363575763
Engineering and Applied Science5757575763
Life and Health Sciences5757575763
School of Social Sciences and Humanities6363575763
Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)
chool / ProgrammeReading Writing Listening Speaking Overall
Aston Medical School7.0 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 Science5.55.55.55.56.0
Life and Health Sciences**6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
School of Social Sciences and Humanities5.55.55.55.56.0

*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 / ProgrammeReading Writing Listening Speaking Overall 
Aston Business School - MSc or LLMOne 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 - MBA6.06.06.06.06.5
Engineering and Applied Science5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.5
Engineering and Applied Science, Engineering Systems and Management programmes6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5 
Life and Health Sciences6.0 6.06.0 6.0 6.5 
Life and Health Sciences - OSPAP6.06.06.06.06.5
School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesOur 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 School6.56.5 6.0 6.0 6.5 
Engineering and Applied Science6.06.06.06.06.5
Life and Health SciencesNot accepted    
School of Social Sciences and Humanities6.5 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.5 
Duolingo Entry Requirements
UndergraduateDuolingo English Test 
Aston Medical Schoolnot accepted 
Aston Business School110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score
Engineering & Applied Science100 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 Humanities100 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 School110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Aston Business School - MBA110 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Engineering & Physical Sciences100 with a minimum of 85 in each sub-score 
Engineering & Physical Sciences - Engineering Systems and Management programmes110 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 OSPAPnot accepted 
School of Social Sciences and Humanities110 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.

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.

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).

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

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.

    A standard IELTS Academic test. 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.
    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.