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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: The Home Office has changed the Tier 4 regulations for English Language. From 6 April 2015, all Tier 4 applicants must supply an IELTS UKVI Academic test result. If taking a test in the UK, applicants may choose to take either an IELTS UKVI test or Trinity College test (Integrated Skills in English - Level C1). You may also view the Home Office information

Required Grades

MA Applicants

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

  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • A Pearson Academic (PTE) score of 62 with 54 in the Test of Written English (TWE)

  • A pass in the Cambridge Proficiency in English Examination (CPE) or the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) would also be acceptable.

Applicants for the MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering require English language tests results equivalent to 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all four elements.

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

MRes Applicants

MRes applicants must have one of the following:

  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • A Pearson Academic (PTE) score of 62 with 54 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • A pass in the Cambridge Proficiency in English Examination (CPE) or the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) would also be acceptable.

MPhil Applicants

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

  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE)
  • A Pearson Academic (PTE) score of 62 with 62 in the Test of Written English (TWE)

  • Alternatively, a pass in the Cambridge Proficiency in English Examination (CPE) or the Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) would be acceptable.

PhD Applicants

PhD applicants (by project and thesis) must have one of the following:

  • An IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE)

  • A Pearson Academic (PTE) score of 68 with 68 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 application deadline, with the exception of students who will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For these students, all tests must have been taken a maximum of one year prior to the application deadline. Tests are not valid if they exceed the periods listed above. Please upload a copy of your test certificate as part of your application.

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 Programme Administrator to be copied. You may then take the original back with you.

If you have not already taken a Secure English Language Test (SELT) 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.

The minimum requirements for a Tier 4 visa are either: 

  • Or you have met one of the following:

IELTS (UKVI - Academic Test)

Overall score – 5.5 
Listening – 5.5
Reading – 5.5
Speaking – 5.5
Writing – 5.5     

Trinity College Test - Integrated Skills in English (Application in the UK only)

Level C1

If you are offered a place and you do not already hold a valid IELTS or Trinity College test (if applying in the UK at) the relevant level, you will be asked to take one of these tests as one of the conditions of your offer.


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

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