AEMS Overseas

Is it possible to study in the UK without IELTS?

1. If English was the primary medium of instruction in your school:

‘English-medium’ schools are pretty common nowadays in India.

If you have attended an English medium school or university, you can show that as proof of your English proficiency.

Many universities accept this based on your English medium school scores. Studying in the UK is possible through applying to such institutes.

2. If the HSC and SSC scores are a factor to assess language abilities:

A lot of universities in the UK give weightage to class XII english scores.

Although the better placed universities will require you to have at least 70% in the finals.

3. Language abilities maybe assessed independently by the universities through interviews:

Most universities have online interviews as part of their admission process.

IELTS scores might not be mandatory if such universities organise these online sessions to check for your proficiency.

4. If you take another English language assessment:

IELTS is definitely the most popular and widely accepted English assessment test in the UK. But there are many others that are accepted also.

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE), TOEFL, Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), PTE Academic, and the Duolingo English test are some exams one can look forward to.

A good score in exams other than IELTS gives you a big chance among universities.

Note: Universities will mention the tests that they accept in the requirements section of their website. Check your intended university’s site before taking any test.

5. Your university may allow for you to take pre-sessional English courses:

You have ample options even if you’re not proficient in the language and there’s no need to feel pressured. Most universities offer pre-sessional courses in the UK without IELTS to help international students adapt to the new educational system.

In these courses, you will gain the required language skills along with the needed classroom skills. You will also have the opportunity for a smooth transition to a foreign education system. Check your university website to find out if they offer foundational or professional courses.

 You can also reach out to our advisors for more details.

If you are not confident about your English language skills, this option is your best bet. 

Can you get a UK study visa without IELTS?

Yes. Although English language skills is one of the prerequisites, if you opt to study at an institution that does not need IELTS, there is an alternative.

Instead of submitting your IELTS scores, you need to submit a document from the university stating that you are eligible to apply for a Visa.

Here are some popular universities in UK that provide admissions without IELTS for students starting courses at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

  1. The University of Warwick
  2. Birmingham City University
  3. The University of Bristol
  4. London Southbank University
  5. Northumbria University
  6. University of Bolton
  7. The University of Northampton
  8. The University of Plymouth
  9. Portsmouth University
  10. Aston University

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