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English language requirements

English language requirements

To study for a University of Sunderland in London degree you need to meet the course entry requirements.

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If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Generally, the course requirements will be a minimum score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Any score above 180.

Cambridge Certification in Advanced English (CAE)

No score lower than 170.

O-Level English Language or GCSE English Language

You need grade C or above (UK Exam board).

Malaysian SPM 119

You need grade 6 or above.

Degree or HND taught in English for Postgraduate students

Proof of qualification is required.

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II

You need a Merit or a Distinction.

There are several English Language exemptions, please contact the Admissions team for advice.


Please note

Some courses require a higher level of English language – read the course page carefully to see if this applies to your chosen course. You must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

If you have another qualification not listed above, contact the Admissions Team for advice. If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's courses before you begin your studies.

If you have any questions about your English language requirements, contact the University of Sunderland in London's Admissions team: 

+44 (0)20 7531 7333

Internal English Language Proficiency Test

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) objectively measures the current language level of a candidate wishing to study at the University, or any of the University of Sunderland's campuses worldwide.

The test measures whether you has met the minimum language entry requirements of the University, as laid out in the rules and regulations for international students. If you are a Home or an EU student who has not studied in English, you might be asked to sit the exam depending on your previous qualifications.

The test is run by the English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills department at the University. The results are non-transferrable. It's important to note that other institutions might not recognise the results or transcripts.

If you have any questions related to booking a place for the test, please contact the Admissions department at

What you'll be tested on

The ELPT assesses the four key skill areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Your knowledge will be tested on each of these areas, with the aim of demonstrating your academic ability alongside your language knowledge. Some tasks are academic in nature to give you the chance to demonstrate the skills you will need on your course or pre-sessional programme.

The test is benchmarked against the International English Language Testing System, but does have some differences in terms of structure and task choice.