You must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing.

If you are not exempt from proving your English language proficiency, you must take an IELTS-Academic test (from the British Council). You need to achieve an overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test, and the test result must have been obtained within 2 years prior to the start-date of the course. 

Please note: Clinical Training Internship positions will require an overall score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7 in each sub-test. Our Clinical Training residences and internships also require applicants to be registered, or eligible to be registered, with the RCVS, and you would therefore additionally need to meet the RCVS English language requirements.

 

You will not need to take an IELTS-Academic test if...

  • You are from a country listed as exempt by the UKVI .
  • You have completed a recent qualification (NQF level 6 or above) equivalent to a UK degree in a country listed as exempt by the UKVI within the 2 years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.
  • You have gained one of the following qualifications, which we accept as an equivalent of the IELTS-Academic test (This must have been obtained within 2 years prior to the start-date of the course):
  Where IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component  (Residency/PhD/MRes/ProfD)* Where IELTS 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in each component  (Internship)
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced/Proficiency in English  185 overall and no less than 169 in each section Overall score of at least 190 with no less than 180 in each session.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall score of at least 69 with no less than 62 in each section Overall score of at least 73 with no less than 65 in each component

TOEFL (iBT or iBT Home Edition test only)

Overall score of at least 101 with no section below 23 Overall score of at least 102 with no less than 24 in reading and listening, 23 in speaking and 27 in writing 

*Please note the required English scores for residency candiates are currently under review, and may increase to achieving at least 7.0 in each test component.

  
For more information on IELTS (Academic) please click on the following link: IELTS (Academic)

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