Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

The University of Glasgow knows that there is a lot of anxiety around whether offer holders and new applicants will be able to secure the requirements they need for entry onto their degree programme in autumn 2020. In particular, with English language testing centres in different countries currently closed, there has been concern around the ability to demonstrate that the English language requirement has been met. 

We have taken some time to review the various English testing options which are now available and are delighted that we are now able to offer some flexibility which we hope will reassure offer holders and new applicants of their ability to meet these requirements.  

IELTS 

  • Where an offer holder has taken two IELTS tests within 6 months of each other, and through a combination of these tests has met the English language requirements, the University will accept the combined scores. 
  • The validity of an IELTS test will be extended from 2 years and 5 months prior to the date of entry to 4 years 5 months.  
  • We are currently reviewing the new Indicative Test offered by IELTS and will update on this in due course. 

TOEFL  

  • The University of Glasgow will accept the TOEFL At Home test at our usual TOEFL scores.
  • We will also accept TOEFL MyBest.
  • The validity of a TOEFL test will be extended from 2 years and 5 months prior to the date of entry to 4 years 5 months. 

Duolingo

Duolingo will be accepted for entry to our Pre-Sessional English and degree level programmes with standard English language requirements with the following scores:

  • 115 – direct entry to degree programme 
  • 105 – direct entry to degree programme with compulsory in-sessional English support 
  • 100 – entry to the 5 week online Pre-Sessional English course 
  • 95 – entry to the 10 week online Pre-Sessional English course 

For programmes like those in the College of Arts which request higher than standard English language requirements the following scores will be required: 

  • 120 – direct entry to degree programme 
  • 110 – direct entry to degree programme with compulsory in-sessional English support 
  • Entry to Pre-Sessional English programmes will remain at the same scores above. 

Other qualifications 

  • The University already accepts BALEAP-accredited online and offline Pre-Sessional programmes at other UK institutions. 
  • Where an offer holder has studied at least two years of an undergraduate degree in English in a country which speaks English as a primary language or at an institution in their home country on a Trans-National Education opportunity, and has successfully passed that degree, no further evidence of English language will be required. 
  • Where an offer holder has studied a postgraduate degree taught fully in English at an overseas institution based in their home country, and has successfully passed that degree, no further evidence of English language will be required. 
  • In some cases, the University will accept an English language qualification taken in the applicant’s home country; e.g. WAEC, Indian CSE. For further information on whether we will accept a specific qualification please contact the International Recruitment Officer for that region. You can find details of named contacts through our country pages.

Where an offer holder is unsure whether their English language meets the University entry requirements, they are encouraged to contact the University with evidence of their existing achievement for assessment. 

The above measures are in response to the issues around the Coronavirus epidemic and the difficulties it has  brought, and are not intended to reflect a change in admissions policies generally. These measures will be applicable for autumn 2020 and January 2021 entry only, and will be reviewed for Autumn 2021 entry