Entry requirements

Ready to study? Our entry requirements outline what you'll need to start

We look for evidence of your motivation and commitment, alongside aptitude and potential.

It’s important that you have a good understanding of maths, communication and IT, along with knowledge and interest in the subject area you're applying to.

Course entry requirements

Each course has specific entry requirements, which are listed on each course in the tab 'Entry requirements'. Search Course Finder for full course information including entry requirements.

You must have five GCSE passes at grade C or above – including English and Maths – to study any of our courses. We’ll also accept Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and English in place of GCSEs. If you completed your English and Maths GCSE under the new grading system, you’ll need a grade 4 or higher.

UCAS Tariff points explained

Undergraduate university courses explain their entry requirements in UCAS Tariff points. For home students, many of the qualifications you hold, such as GCE A-levels, BTEC National or qualifications at a level comparable to them, give you a Tariff point score.

Tariff point requirements vary across courses so make sure you read the entry requirements for each course using our Course Finder.

The UCAS tariff calculator is a useful tool to add up what your qualifications are worth in terms of tariff points.

International entry requirements

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Each of our country pages explains specific entry requirements, including the English language qualification you need before studying here.

For a list of our accepted English language entry requirements please see below or visit your country page. For more details, or with any questions, please email global@lsbu.ac.uk.

English language qualifications needed to study at LSBU

Exam name

Undergraduate level required

Postgraduate level required (for 'MSc with Internshi' requirements, please see below)

Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)

6.0 (with no component below 5.5)

6.5 (with no component below 5.5), subject to course. Check course entries in our Course Finder for specific information.

TOEFL iBT

Overall score: 80

Reading: 18
Listening: 17
Writing: 17
Speaking: 20

Overall score: 90

Reading: 18
Listening: 17
Writing: 17
Speaking: 20

Pearson Test of English
Academic (PTE Academic)

Overall score: 52  (minimum score required in each skill area is 51)

Overall score: 60 (minimum score required in each skill area is 51)

Cambridge English:

  • First
  • Advanced
  • Proficiency

Overall score: 169 (with no score below 162)

Overall score: 180 (with no score below 162)

LanguageCert SELT or International ESOL (IESOL) Exam

  • B2 Communicator
  • C1 Expert
  • C2 Mastery

High Pass

Minimum score required in each skill area is 33*

(*For C2 Mastery, min score for Listening is 25)

High Pass

Minimum score required in each skill area is 33*

(*For C2 Mastery, min score for Listening is 25)

Trinity ISE

Pass ISE II with ‘Distinction’ in all 4 components

Pass ISE III with ‘Pass’ in all 4 components

GCSE / O-Level / IGCSE English Language (Edexcel/ Cambridge Overseas exam boards)

Grade C

Grade C

A Level / AS Level English Language

Grade C

Grade C

Other English Language certificates and qualifications are accepted. Find out more (PDF File 124 KB).

For LSBU Business School 'MSc with Internship' course, please see English Language requirements here (PDF File 62 KB).

Updates to English requirements in light of COVID-19

We are aware of the disruption caused to many applicants with regard to accessibility of test centres for IELTS and many other exams as a result of COVID-19. We accept the following tests for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate courses for September 2021 and January 2022 entry, until further notice:

Exam name

Undergraduate level required

Postgraduate level required

IELTS Indicator

6.0 (with no component below 5.5)

6.5 (with no component below 5.5)

TOEFL iBT Home Edition

Overall score: 80

Reading: 18
Listening: 17
Writing: 17
Speaking: 20

Overall score: 90

Reading: 18
Listening: 17
Writing: 17
Speaking: 20

Duolingo English Test
(Only accepted for Sep 2021; not accepted for Jan 22 entry onwards)

110

Minimum score required in each skill area is 85

120

Minimum score required in each skill area is 85

LanguageCert International ESOL Online Exam:

  • B2 Communicator
  • C1 Expert
  • C2 Mastery

High Pass

Minimum score required in each skill area is 33*

(*For C2 Mastery, min score for Listening is 25)

High Pass

Minimum score required in each skill area is 33*

(*For C2 Mastery, min score for Listening is 25)

ELLT (English Language Level Test - OIETC)B2+ with B2 in each bandC1 with B2+ in each band

Care Leavers

If you’re a Looked After Young Person or a Care Leaver applying to us or wondering what your next step could be, then we can help.

To find out what support we can offer, please contact the Student Life Centre on 020 7815 6454 or email: studentlife@lsbu.ac.uk

What next?

Our admissions tutors will consider all the information on your application form, your past academic performance, predicted grades and personal statement to decide if we can make you an offer.

If we can offer you a place, it may be a Conditional Offer, so you will need to achieve particular grades in certain subjects to secure your place.

If you haven’t met the conditions, don’t worry – you may still be able to get a place. You can check this through UCAS Track.

Our expert advisors are here to help. If you want to discuss your options call our Course Enquiries on freephone 0800 923 8888.