International student entry requirements

We welcome undergraduate applications from all candidates offering A level or equivalent overseas qualifications (including the International Baccalaureate or a recognised Foundation Programme). All candidates must achieve appropriate grades in their examinations.

Academic requirements

The A level requirements are listed next to the programme entry in the course finder. To find out what the grade requirements would be for a qualification that you have studied in your own country, please see your individual country page information.

English language requirements

In order to undertake a programme of study here at the University, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or alternative qualifications. The sections below will tell you what grades you need in these qualifications for the subject area you want to study.

Foundation programme requirements

The following requirements are for programmes from the University's Birmingham Foundation Academy.

English requirements
One-year programmes TOEFL 

IELTS

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme   

(one-year programme) 

For all pathways and progression routes, except students intending to progress to degrees in Law, English Literature, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy                 

 Not accepted 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each band

Not accepted

Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme

(one-year programme)

For students intending to progress to degrees in Law, English Literature or Physiotherapy

(Four year pathway not available for Physiotherapy)

Not accepted

6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band  

Not accepted

Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme 

(one-year programme)

For students intending to progress to Pharmacy 

(Four-year pathway not available for Pharmacy)

 Not accepted

6.0 overall, with at least 6.0 in each band

Not accepted

Four-year programmes

TOEFL

IELTS

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Bachelor's Degree with Integrated Foundation Year (Four-year programme)

For all pathways and progression routes, except students intending to progress to degrees in Law or English Literature

 72 overall with 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing 5.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 51

Reading - 51

Writing -

51

Speaking - 51

Bachelor's Degree with Integrated Foundation Year (Four-year programme)

For students intending to progress to degrees in Law or English Literature

80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing 

6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 53

Reading - 53

Writing - 53

Speaking - 53 

* For more information on the Pearson Test of English visit their website

For entry to undergraduate (Bachelor) degree programmes

 

 Group

TOEFL   

IELTS*

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Cambridge English
(exams taken from 2015)***

A 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing

6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band

PTE 51 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced Minimum
overall score of 169, with no less than 162
in any component
B 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

6.5 overall with noless than 6.0 in any band

PTE 59 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced Minimum
overall score of 176, with no less than 169
in any component
C 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band

7.0 overall with noless than 6.5 in any band

PTE 67 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: ProficiencyMinimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component
D 95 overall with no less than 23 in any ban

7.0 overall with noless than 7.0 in any band

PTE 67 in all four skills Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: ProficiencyMinimum overall score of 185, with no less than 185 in any component

*** For more information on Cambridge English exams, please visit their website. For Cambridge English exams taken before 2015, please see under Alternative Qualifications for the accepted grades.

 
Group A Group B Group C
Biosciences Business, including Economics Dental Hygiene and Therapy
Biomedical Materials Science Education Law
Chemistry English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies Nursing
Chemical Engineering History and Cultures Physiotherapy
Computer Science Language, Cultures, Art History and Music Social Work
Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering Medical Science BMedSc Group D
Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences Philosophy, Theology and Religion Dentistry (BDS)
Mathematics Political Science and International Relations Medicine (MBChB)
Mechanical Engineering Psychology Pharmacy
Metallurgy and Materials Social Policy  
Physics and Astronomy Sociology  
Urban and Regional Studies Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science  

*  For more information on Take IELTS visit their website:
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org

** For more information on the Pearson Test of English visit their website:  http://pearsonpte.com/PTEAcademic/Pages/home.aspx

Alternative qualifications for undergraduate programmes

 
Qualification Minimum University requirement
University of Birmingham presessional English course (see below) Pass (see the EISU page for details)
GCSE English (or Edexcel IGCSE English) Grade C or above
GCE O Level English Grade C or above

Cambridge International Examinations
(CIE) IGCSE English (first language)

Grade C plus a minimum of C in all
bands (or 2 in Speaking and Listening for syllabus 0500)
Cambridge International Examinations
(CIE) IGCSE English (second language)
Grade C plus a minimum of C in Reading, Writing and Speaking
(or 2 in Speaking for syllabus 0510) and A in Listening
International Baccalaureate English,
Standard or Higher Level, First or
Second Language
5 or above
HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of
Secondary Education) English
Level 3 or above
India Standard XII (CBSE/CISCE/West Bengal) 75% or above
India Standard XII (other Indian state boards) 80% or above
Malaysian SPM 1119 (Cambridge O Level) Grade C or above
ESOL Cambridge CAE (Certificate in
Advanced English) (tests taken before January 2015)
Grade C with a minimum of Borderline in all 4 skills
ESOL Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) (tests taken before January 2015) Grade C with a minimum of Borderline in all 4 skills

Please note that the grades stated above are the University minimum and some degree programmes will have higher requirements. Always check your offer letter for full details of your conditions.

English language courses

If you do not have the required level of English or would like to improve your English before the start of the academic year, you can take one of our pre-sessional English language courses.

Learn more

For advice on entry requirements or English language requirements for specific courses, you can contact the Admissions Tutor listed against the course entry in the course finder or visit the relevant department's website.

Special requirements

For some courses there are very specific entry requirements concerning a students' fitness to practice their chosen course of study. For information concerning these requirements, please visit the following page which also contains important information concerning the University's conditions of study: