Entry and language requirements

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To study for a University of Sunderland degree you need to meet the course entry requirements.

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualification (or equivalent) as a minimum:

Generally, the course requirements will be a minimum score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Any score above 180.

No score lower than 170.

You need grade C or above (UK Exam board).

You need grade 6 or above (only grades 1, 2 or 3 are acceptable for Law).

Proof of qualification is required.

You need Merit or Distinction.  

Please note: Some courses require a higher level of English language – read the course description carefully to see if this applies to your chosen course. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website.

If you have another qualification not listed above, contact the International Office for advice. If you do not have the necessary level of English you may need to take one of the University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) University pre-sessional courses before you begin your course.

If you have any questions about your English Language requirements, contact the University of Sunderland's International Office: international.enquiries@sunderland.ac.uk / +44 (0) 191 515 3000.

English for Academic Purposes University Pre-sessional Courses

English for Academic Purposes University Pre-sessional Course A 

This course is for people with an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.0.
The course takes 20 weeks to complete and runs in April if your main programme starts in September or early October. It runs in May if your main programme starts in late October.

English for Academic Purposes University Pre-sessional Course B 

This course is for people with an IELTS or equivalent score of 4.5.
The course takes 15 weeks to complete and runs in May if your main programme starts in September or early October. It runs in June if your main programme starts in late October.

English for Academic Purposes University Pre-sessional Course C

This course is for people with an IELTS or equivalent score of 5.0.
The course takes 10 weeks to complete and runs in June if your main programme starts in September or early October. It runs in July if your main programme starts in late October.

English for Academic Purposes University Pre-sessional Course D 

This course is for people with an IELTS or equivalent score of 5.5.
The course takes 5 weeks to complete and runs in July if your main programme starts in September or early October. It runs in August if your main programme starts in late October.

EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and EBS (English for Business Studies) - University Language Scheme

This course is for people who do meet the required IELTS score but would also like to develop their language skills to get the most value out of their university course. The course takes 15 weeks to complete and can be taken at the same time as your main course.