Study in UK without IELTS 2023, Universities and Colleges


22 June 2023



To study overseas, especially in an English-speaking nation, compliance with English proficiency test scores such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, etc., plays an essential role in enrolling in universities and the visa application process. Similarly, IELTS is usually required by many universities and educational institutions to study in UK. However, various other ways exist to get admission to a UK university without providing English proficiency test scores.


Universities have some other criteria through which they assess international students’ language skills and accept their applications. In this blog, we bring you all the information about universities and courses to study in UK without IELTS.


Universities to Study in UK Without IELTS

Among the wide range of highly ranked and globally recognised universities in UK, many universities allow the admission of international students without the requirement of IELTS.


Here, we have curated the list of all the UK universities without IELTS for international students:

  1.  Birmingham City University

  2. Coventry University

  3. Queens University Belfast

  4. University of Hertfordshire

  5. Heriot-Watt University

  6. University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  7. De Montfort University

  8. Keel University

  9. Canterbury Christ Church University

  10. University of Gloucestershire

  11. University for the Creative Arts

  12. University of Westminster

  13. Swannesea University

  14. University of Leeds

  15. Loughborough University

  16. Nottingham Trent University

  17. Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University

  18. University of Portsmouth

  19. University of Edinburgh

  20. Bangor University 


UK Study Visa Without IELTS 2023

Many international students wonder if they can get a UK student visa without qualifying for IELTS. So let us tell you that getting a United Kingdom student visa is possible without a qualifying IELTS test. But you have to provide the document from the college or university and submit them to immigration authorities.


Here are the main requirements for a study visa in UK without IELTS:

  • A document attested by your university with the statement that you can apply for a UK study visa without IELTS scores

  • Letter of acceptance from a university in the UK

  • Aspirants can also take the Secure English Language Test (SELT) mandated by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as valid proof of English proficiency without IELTS.


How to Study in UK Without IELTS?

IELTS is not the only way a university can examine candidates' English proficiency. If you have not taken the IELTS exam, there are alternatives offered by universities in the UK. Let's look at the IELTS substitution criteria offered by UK universities:


Online Interview: Some universities may ask you to attend an online interview to assess your English proficiency.


High School English Grades: Various universities in UK accept international students if they have scored more than 65% in their 10th and 12th standards in the case of CBSE and ICSC boards (and more than 70% in the case of state board). However, universities have established their own requirements for different courses. You can get more detailed information from Meridean Overseas (MOEC) experts!


MOI (Medium of Instruction): If you studied English as a major while pursuing your undergraduate studies, you do not need to take the IELTS. The fact that you have completed your degree in English medium language prooves your language skills.


Pre-Session English Courses: Some universities offer Pre-Session English Courses for those who plan to study in UK without giving IELTS. After opting for pre-session courses, they are accepted for their chosen degree or diploma program.


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UK Admissions Process

International students applying to UK universities should follow a well-researched guide before starting their application process: 


Step 1: Shortlisted courses and universities


The first step in the application process is to shortlist courses and universities based on your academic profile and preferences. Students can shortlist courses and universities through AI-Course Finder and generate a list of universities where they are most likely to succeed and plan their application process. 


Step 2: Know your deadlines


The next step is to find out the exact deadlines of the universities and colleges in the United Kingdom you are planning to apply to. International students should take the application process well in advance (one year to 6 months before the actual deadline). This ensures that students can complete all college requirements, such as SOPs, letters of recommendation, English proficiency tests, funding/scholarship options, and accommodation. 


Step 3: Pass the entrance tests


The third step of the application process for UK universities requires students to take tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or GRE/GMAT/LNAT/BMAT/MAT if required by the university you have selected for the particular course. At some universities, students may also require grades for ACT or SAT exams


Step 4: Compile your documents


The next step is to compile all required documents and test results for the application process. This means that students must begin writing their SOPs, receiving letters of recommendation from teachers and supervisors, and organising their financial statements along with other documents such as test scorecards. With the COVID-19 pandemic, students must upload their vaccine certificates and specify the vaccine administered for the request. 


Step 5: Start with your app


Once you have all the documents in place, you can start the application process directly or through UCAS. You can apply to UK universities that accept direct applications can start by applying through the university's official website. They must select the courses, pay the application fee and start the online application process.


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Apart from this, we have also curated a list of some of the best scholarships for Indian students who aspire to study in UK without IELTS below:

  • Rhodes Scholarship

  • Great Scholarship

  • Chevening Scholarship

  • University of Plymouth UK Scholarship

  • Welcome (UK Government) Scholarship

  • University of Westminster Scholarships

  • Nottingham Trent University Scholarships

  • University of Birmingham Scholarship

Work in UK Without IELTS

If you wish to apply for a UK post-study work visa without IELTS, you can provide your bachelor's or master's level academic records to verify that you have achieved more than 70% in school or college. Also, applicants can submit IELTS UKVI with four stripes (all) for the UK work visa without IELTS, which is easier to score. Here are some examples of eligible postgraduate courses to study in UK:

  • A 1-year Master starting at the start of the 2021-22 academic years or later

  • A 2-year Master starting at the start of the 2020-21 academic year or later

  • A master's degree in 3 years (or more) or a doctorate starting in the academic year 2019-20 or later


 You can apply to UK universities without IELTS on the basis of other parameters, such as through online interviews, on the basis of the Medium of instruction of previous qualification, or a good score in English subject. Apart from this, you can also apply for Post study work for 2 years after completing your education in UK without IELTS.


If you are also planning to study in UK without IELTS, contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). If you are unable to reach our office, you can also take free online sessions through our website. Our expert counsellors will provide the best guidance and support for the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.


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