For applicants whose first language is not English, we accept a variety of English language tests. We also accept the English Language element of some international qualifications. These are listed on our International Entry Requirements page. Where an offer of a place is conditional on you meeting our English language requirement, you will need to meet that condition before your offer is made unconditional and you can begin studying.

We can only accept tests that have been completed within the last two years. 

Where an English Language test or qualification taught and examined in English is older than two years, we may consider evidence of continuing use of English in the workplace or elsewhere in the intervening period. This could be something like a reference and job description from your employer if you work in English.

You will find below a list of English requirements accepted at Falmouth University.

English language tests

  • Undergraduate - 169
  • Postgraduate - 176

A minimum grade of 7.0 in Advanced English Language 2 or a minimum grade of 7.5 in Advanced English Language 3.

A minimum of 5 in standard level English or 4 in Higher Level English

  • Undergraduate - 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each skill
  • Postgraduate - 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

Please check the IELTS website. Please note we also accept the IELTS Academic Online version of the test.

  • Undergraduate - Grade C or above

IELA 169 (minimum 162 in all four components)

  • Undergraduate - 426, with no less than 396 in any skill  
  • Postgraduate - 459 with no less than 426 in any skill 

Please find links to the Kaplan Test of English homepage and to the booking form

An easy-to-access online English language test that can be taken from home. Kaplan Test of English certificates are issued in 5 working days of test completion. 

Accepted from our January 2024 intake onwards. 

  • Undergraduate - High Pass from the LanguageCert ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)
  • Postgraduate - High Pass from the LanguageCert ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

You can find out all about this test and how to book by visiting the LanguageCert website

Undergraduate - LRN International GCSE English Language qualification at Grade 4 or above.

Accepted from our January 2024 intake onwards. 

  • Undergraduate - Pearson Academic 55 (minimum 51 in all four components)
  • Postgraduate - Pearson Academic 60 (minimum 55 in all four components)

For the latest on the PTE Academic test availability, please see the Pearson website

  • Undergraduate - PSI Skills for English: SELT B2 Pass 
  • Postgraduate - PSI Skills for English: SELT B2 Pass with Merit 

 Accepted from our January 2024 intake onwards. 

  • Undergraduate - Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components
  • Postgraduate - Trinity ISE III with Pass in all four components
  • Undergraduate - score of 80 with a minimum of 19 in all four components
  • Postgraduate - score of 88 with a minimum of 21 in all four components (in both cases from a single test date and not MyBest scores)

English Language Requirements by Country

To read about the English language requirements for your specific country, you can visit our International Entry Requirements page.

English requirements by country


Pre-sessional English

Some applicants may not have the current required level of English language. Falmouth University recommends pre-sessional English courses with partner Oxford International Digital Institute. You can make your enquiries directly with them here. Please note, for any questions you have, we advise you to contact the provider directly.

English language support

In order to help students who are not native English speakers, we offer term-time English language classes

If you do not yet meet the language requirements of your course, there are a large number of English language schools in the South West with language classes to prepare you for study at university level. The British Council's Education UK website has a list of accredited language schools in the UK.


Find an accredited English language school

Contact us

Contact our International team to talk about how you can meet our English language requirements:

Get in touch

Contact our English for Academic Purposes staff for advice and further information:

ASK: Academic Skills
Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE

T: +44 (0)1326 254228

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