English Language Requirements

At Bath Spa University all programmes are taught and assessed in English and you must have the required English language proficiency.
Applicants must have an English language qualification that is recognised by the University. 

Typical General English language requirements

Undergraduate

  • IELTS - 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in all bands)
  • Pearsons Test of English Academic - Level B2 (including a minimum 51 in all bands)
  • Other recognised English language qualifications of an equivalent standard

Postgraduate - all programmes, except those listed below

  • IELTS - 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in all bands)
  • Pearsons Test of English Academic - Level C1 (including a minimum 67 in all bands)
  • Other recognised English language qualifications of an equivalent standard

Postgraduate - MA Business and Management (includes all pathways); MMus Composition; MMus Creative Sound & Media Technology; MMus Performance; MA Dance; MA Design (Ceramics); MA Design (Fashion and Textiles); MA Fine Art; MA Fashion Portfolio; MA Visual Communication

  • IELTS - 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in all bands)
  • Pearsons Test of English Academic - Level C1 (including a minimum 51 in all bands)
  • Other recognised English language qualifications of an equivalent standard

Postgraduate - MA Creative Writing; MA Scriptwriting; MA Travel and Nature Writing; MA Literature, Landscape and Environment

  • IELTS - 7.0 (including a minimum of 6.0 in all bands)
  • Other recognised English language qualifications of an equivalent standard

Postgraduate - MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

  • IELTS - 6.5 (including minimum of 6.0 in all bands)


You can read the full information regarding English language requirements, including additional recognised qualifications. For further enquiries contact International Relations, international@bathspa.ac.uk

Pre-sessional English language - you can study English before your degree at Bath Spa University

If you have applied to study for a Bachelors or Masters degree at Bath Spa University, but you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be able study English language before you start your studies.
Bath Spa University offers special English language programmes to help you improve your language, academic and study skills before advancing on to your degree. For information about pre-sessional English, including entry requirements and how to apply, please go to the course pages at Pre-sessional English language programme.

Studying English before your degree in your home country

If you need to improve your English language score, or you just want to be more prepared before you start your studies, there are many opportunities to study English in your home country. The British Council provides English language teaching and preparation for the IELTS examination. For further information, go to www.britishcouncil.org  

Contact us

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