OUSSA language requirements

All our courses are taught in English. Any assignments must be written in English.

We want to be sure that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start, and the University has set English language requirements to try to ensure this. 

If English is not your first language you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by a responsible body) before we will offer you a place. The University recognises only certain English tests including IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency.

As OUSSA is taught at undergraduate level, the minimum language score required is IELTS 7.0.

Approved English Language Tests

  • IELTS: 7.0
    • Minimum 6.5 per component
  • TOEFL iBT: 100
    • Minimum listening score: 22
    • Minimum reading score: 24
    • Minimum speaking score: 25
    • Minimum writing score: 24
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185
    • Minimum 176 per component
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185
    • Minimum 176 per component


You do not need to supply evidence of competency if:

  • You hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in which the medium of instruction and assessment was English
  • You have previously supplied evidence for this programme
  • You have previously attended OUSSA

Further exemptions may be made if you possess relevant professional experience; if this is applicable please contact the programme administrator.