University of Birmingham Entry Requirements
International student entry requirements
We welcome undergraduate applications from all candidates offering A level or equivalent overseas qualifications (including the International Baccalaureate or a recognised Foundation Programme). All candidates must achieve appropriate grades in their examinations.
The A level requirements are listed next to the programme entry in the course finder. To find out what the grade requirements would be for a qualification that you have studied in your own country, please see your individual country page information.
English language requirements
In order to undertake a programme of study here at the University, you will need to demonstrate that a suitable level of English proficiency. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS/TOEFL/PTE or alternative qualifications. The sections below will tell you what grades you need in these qualifications for the subject area you want to study. Please note that English tests/qualifications normally need to have been taken within two years of the start date of your programme.
|Group||TOEFL||IELTS*||Pearson Test of English (PTE)||Cambridge English
(exams taken from 2015)***
|A||80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing||6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band||PTE 51 in all four skills||Cambridge English: Advanced Minimum
overall score of 169, with no less than 162
in any component
|B||88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing||6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band||PTE 59 in all four skills||Cambridge English: Advanced Minimum
overall score of 176, with no less than 169
in any component
|C||95 overall with no less than 22 in any band||7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any band||PTE 67 in all four skills||Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: ProficiencyMinimum overall score of 185, with no less than 176 in any component|
|D||95 overall with no less than 23 in any ban||7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in any band||PTE 67 in all four skills||Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: ProficiencyMinimum overall score of 185, with no less than 185 in any component|
For more information on Cambridge English exams, please visit their website. For Cambridge English exams taken before 2015, please see under Alternative Qualifications for the accepted grades.
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
|Biosciences||Business, including Economics||Dental Hygiene and Therapy|
|Biomedical Materials Science||Education||Law|
|Chemistry||English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies||Physiotherapy|
|Chemical Engineering||History and Cultures||Social Work|
|Civil Engineering||Language, Cultures, Art History and Music|
|Computer Science||Liberal Arts and Sciences|
|Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering||Biomedical Science||Group D|
|Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences||Philosophy, Theology and Religion||Dentistry (BDS)|
|Mathematics||Political Science and International Relations||Medicine (MBChB)|
|Metallurgy and Materials||Social Policy||Pharmacy|
|Physics and Astronomy|
|Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Science|
|Urban and Regional Studies|
For more information on IELTS visit their website.
For more information on the Pearson Test of English visit their website.