English Language

English language requirements

Studies at UNIC and the University of Northampton are undertaken in English and to gain admission you must be able to demonstrate that you have achieved a suitable level of English proficiency. You can do this by obtaining one of the results shown in the table below. 


Please be aware that UNIC are also able to accept selected additional English qualifications that are not mentioned below, so please contact our admissions for further information.

Qualification/Country Undergraduate pathway Foundation Undergraduate pathway First Year and undergraduate Science and Heathcare Postgraduate pathway Pre-Masters
IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all bands) 6.0 (with 5.5. in all bands) 6 (with 5.5 in all bands)
A Level Grade D Grade D Grade D
GCSE/IGCSE/O Level Grade C Grade C Grade C
UK Degree N/A N/A Honours/pass
IB Standard Level 4 Higher-Level 4 Higher Level - 4
US High School Diploma
(non-USA citizens)
75%/C   75%/C
Caribbean CSEC grade 4 CSEC grade 4 CSEC grade 4
Cameroon GCE O Level - C GCE 0 Level - C GCE O Level - C
Hong Kong HKDSE 3 (with all 3 components at Grade 3) HKDSE 3 (with all 3 components at Grade 3) HKDSE 4 (With all 3 components at Grade 3)
India Standard 12 - 60% Standard 12 - 65% Standard 12 - 65%
Kenya KCSE grade C KCSE grade C KCSE grade C
Malaysia SPM 1119 - C/6(forecast results are accepted) SPM 1119 - C/6 SPM 1119 - C/6
South Africa NSC 3 NSC 3 NSC 3
Tanzania CSE grade C CSE grade C CSE grade C
Uganda UCE grade 6 UCE grade 6 UCE grade 6
Zambia ZSC grade 6 ZSC grade 6 ZSC grade 6
Zimbabwe O Level grade C O Level grade C O Level grade C
Antigua and Barbuda N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Australia N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
The Bahamas N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Barbados N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Belize N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Dominica N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Grenada N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Guyana N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Ireland N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Jamaica N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
New Zealand N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
St Kitts and Nevis N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
St Lucia N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
St Vincent and the Grenadines N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
Trinidad and Tobago N/A N/A Bachelor Degree
USA N/A N/A Bachelor Degree

English requirements subject to change. Contact further details

Courses to improve your IELTS

If you do not meet the above English requirements for your chosen course, it may be possible to study Pre-sessional English at the University of Northampton. Upon successful completion of your Pre-sessional English course you will then join your chosen academic programme at UNIC.


Students need to have IELTS for UKVI in order to study a pre-sessional course. The number of weeks you require is dependent on your current English results. The table below details which course you will need to enrol on to achieve the IELTS entry criteria to join UNIC.


Please note, you will need a UKVI approved IELTS to apply for the Pre-sessional English and must also hold a UNIC conditional offer letter.


Benefits of pre-sessional English courses

Our pre-sessional English courses are designed to provide you with academic language skills to the level required for university entry on undergraduate (Bachelors), and postgraduate (Masters and PhD) study, as well as helping you settle into student life in the UK.


By completing a Pre-sessional English language course, you will:

• increase your understanding of English

• improve your pronunciation, grammatical skills and reading comprehension

• develop a broad, academically useful vocabulary

• improve your ability to participate in seminars and take useful lecture notes

• build on your writing skills for essays, reports and assignments

• become confident at public speaking and delivering presentations

• learn English in a friendly and supportive environment

• be better prepared for your future studies to achieve a degree

• benefit from a smoother introduction into student life in the UK


Pre-Sessional English - Course Option