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English Language Requirements

Information for candidates whose first language is not English (including those who attended an English-speaking University for their undergraduate studies).

PLEASE NOTE: For detailed guidance on English language requirements for all higher education students coming to the UK,  please see the Home Office information

Required Grades

The information below details the requirements for applicants taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. Where provision is made for equivalent qualifications, these are defined in the College’s Admissions Policy.

Graduate Diploma Applicants

The College requires applicants for entry to the Graduate Diploma to have the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum 5.5 across each area.

MA Applicants

The College requires applicants for entry to an MA course (except Global Innovation Design, see below) to have the equivalent of:

  • An IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE)

Applicants who have gained a second class (upper division) degree or above, from a university in a majority English speaking nation within the last two years are exempt from this requirement, for MA programmes only.

Applicants for the MA/MSc in Global Innovation Design ONLY are required to have English Language proficiency requirements of or equivalent to an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

MRes Applicants

MRes applicants must have the equivalent of 

  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

MPhil Applicants

MPhil applicants (by project and thesis) must have the equivalent of :

  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

PhD Applicants

PhD applicants (by project and thesis) must have the equivalent of an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE).

Please note: Tests for all applicants must have been taken a maximum of two years prior to the date of registration. Please upload a copy of your test certificate as part of your application if possible.

If you have taken a test and achieved the required grade within the time limits listed above, please bring the original certificate with you to the interview and give it to the administrator to be copied. You may then take the original back with you.

If you have not already taken an approved English Language Test and achieved the required score as listed above, then we will advise you to book a test if you are invited to an interview with the College.

Home Office Tier 4 Requirements

In addition to the RCA’s minimum requirements, students who need a Tier 4 visa for their studies at the RCA will need to show that they have met Home Office’s minimum requirements for entry clearance.

If you have any queries at all about the English Language requirements please contact admissions@rca.ac.uk

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