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English language requirements


All undergraduate students are required to be sufficiently proficient in
the English language to benefit from their studies at the School.

If you have applied for one of our undergraduate programmes, or received an offer, you can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

•  You are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries, listed below, and whose first language is English or

•  You have achieved the required grades in one of our recognised English language qualifications, listed below or

•  You have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of those countries listed below.

In addition, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) guidelines stipulate that all students entering the United Kingdom to study must have an English Language qualification evidencing proficiency in each of the four sub-components of language learning (reading, writing, speaking and listening) unless they are from a majority English speaking country.

It is not necessary to have the required grade in an acceptable English language qualification when you make your undergraduate application to LSE. However, if you are made an offer of a place on one of our undergraduate programmes at LSE and English is not your first language, you will be asked to obtain one of the below acceptable qualifications before our deadline in August.

Acceptable English language qualifications

  Qualification

 Requirement

 Validity

AQA GCSE English Language

Grade 6 or better

Forever

Botswana GCSE (BGCSE)

Grade B or better

Forever

Cambridge C1 Advanced  (CAE)

185 points overall and 
a minimum of 185 points 
in each individual component (in one exam sitting only)

Forever

Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE)

185 points overall and 
a minimum of 185 points 
in each individual component (in one exam sitting only)

Forever

Cambridge English Language (1119), conducted by UCLES

Grade B4 or better

Forever

European Baccalaureate (L1 and L2 only)

No less than a score of 8.0

Forever

French Baccalaureate (International Option) taught in English only

Any grade (if academic requirements met)

Forever

GCSE English Language

Grade B or better/
Score of 6 or better

Forever

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education English (HKDSE) 

Score of 5**

Forever

International Baccalaureate (English A + Literature/ English A + Language & Literature)

Any grade at Higher Level or at least 6 at Standard Level

Forever

International Baccalaureate (English A + Literature & Performance) 

At least 6 points at Standard Level

Forever

International Baccalaureate (English B)

No less than 7 at Higher Level

Forever

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic

A score of 7.0 overall and 7.0 in all four components (in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme 
(1 September)

IGCSE English A Language (First Language) Edexcel Board

 

Grade B/6 or better, plus the Speaking and Listening components

OR

Grade B/6 or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years

Forever

IGCSE English B Language (First Language) Edexcel Board

Grade B/6 or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years

Forever

IGCSE English Language (First Language) CIE Board

Grade B/6 or better, plus grade 2 in the optional speaking test

OR

Grade B/6 or better, plus a Merit in the optional Speaking and Listening test

OR

Grade B/6 or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years

 

Scottish National 5 English (Language)

Grade B or better

Forever

O Level English Language (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1128 Singapore)

Grade B or better

Forever

O Level English Language (taken in UK)

Grade B or better

Forever

O Level English Language (taken abroad)

Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for
the past 5 years

Forever

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 

A score of 69 overall with 69 in all four components (in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme 
(1 September)

Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language

Grade B or better

Forever

Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) National University of Singapore (NUS) Language in Society (EL4101)

Grade B or better

Forever

TOEFL IBT (Internet based test)

At least 100 overall, with a minimum of: 

27 in Writing
25 in Reading
24 in Listening
24 in Speaking 

(in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme
(1 September)

Trinity ISE (revised test)

Level III overall with distinction in all components (in one exam sitting only)

2 years prior to start of your programme (1 September)

Test validity

CAE, CPE, IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, and Trinity test scores must be achieved from one sitting. We will not accept individual components scores from multiple tests. They are also only valid for two years. Applicants can only use these qualifications if they were taken within two years of the start of your programme, which is 1 September of your year of entry.

Booking your test

We strongly urge you to book your English language test early and in time to meet our August deadline. Test dates for all qualifications are often full by July and waiting to book a test could mean that you fail to meet the conditions of an offer. We cannot defer an offer on the basis of a missed English language test.

You should contact the individual organisations for further guidance about booking your test.

English speaking nationals

You may also meet our language requirements if you are a national of Canada or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries below (whose first language is English).

UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries:

 Antigua & Barbuda

 Jamaica

 Australia

 New Zealand

 The Bahamas

 St Kitts & Nevis

 Barbados

 St Lucia

 Belize

 St Vincent & the Grenadines

Dominica

 Trinidad & Tobago

 Grenada

 UK

 Guyana

 USA

 Ireland