How to Study in UK without IELTS in 2024


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Anumika Bahukhandi
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 16:29 IST
The United Kingdom is one of the most preferred locations for international students. It is a favourable location to study because of the comeback of the UK post-study work visa path for students. However, most British universities require an IELTS score to take admission and this brings many questions to the forefront. Some of the questions that international students seem to oscillate between are:
  • Is it possible to study in the UK without IELTS?
  • What are the admission criteria to study in the UK without IELTS?
How to Study in UK without IELTS

Many students who wish to take admission into universities located in the UK think that IELTS is mandatory. But, many universities allow students in the UK without IELTS. Appearing for IELTS is one of the most important things that a student needs to consider before starting the application procedure to study in the UK. We have already covered study abroad without IELTS globally. In this article, we will inform you about the Study in the UK without IELTS. Apart from the IELTS exam, candidates also give TOEFL and PTE exams to prove English language proficiency.

Taking the IELTS exam is important as your stay depends on it. English language proficiency is a student visa requirement and getting into a university has no impact because of this. Those who do not want to give IELTS or any other English language proficiency test can now apply to universities that offer admission without asking for IELTS exam scores. However, there can be other criteria set by the university which you need to fulfill to secure admission. UK universities may ask students to prove their English language proficiency not with the standardised test score but in a different way. So, you can check with the university how it is measuring your English proficiency, thus saving your time, money, and effort all at once.

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What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. The IELTS exam analyzes one’s English language skills to read, write, speak and listen. It is basically a standardized test for a student who wants to show his / her proficiency in English whose mother tongue is not English. 

List of UK Universities Without IELTS

Given below is the list of the universities that grant admission to Indian students without IELTS.

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How to Study in the UK without IELTS for Indian Students 2023

No wonder, how important is IELTS score to stay and study in the UK, there are some alternate options that one can consider to study in the UK without IELTS.

  • If your previous education was done in English: Some of the universities in the UK allow international students to study in the UK without IELTS whose previous education has been completed in an English Medium School. In order to prove proficiency in English, you need to get a Medium of Instruction (MOI) certificate from a previous educational institute.
  • Class 12th English Scores: Many universities that offer admission in the UK without IELTS need the class 12th English Language scores of students. In exceptional circumstances, universities may require the 10th class marks. Like if you have scored more than 70% in English in 10th and 12th then universities can consider this as proof of English proficiency.
  • Online Interview: Few universities may ask students to appear for online interviews through Skype. They will assess your English Language proficiency through this interview.   

Apart from this, there are universities that may not ask you to give IELTS or TOEFL score, but to write a separate exam to prove your English level.

Note: English language proficiency is one of the requirements for getting a Tier 4, the most common UK student visa. However, if your university is waiving IELTS test scores then you can ask them to issue a document stating that you are eligible to get a UK student visa.

Documents Required to Study in the UK Without IELTS

  • SSC mark sheet
  • HSC mark sheet
  • Bachelor’s semester marks sheet
  • Provisional certificate & consolidated marks memo
  • Medium of Instruction certificate (Depending on the senior year scores in English)
  • Passport
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Offer letter
  • Experience letter (if any)

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Study in UK without IELTS FAQs

Q. Is it possible to study in UK without IELTS?

A. Yes, it is possible to study in UK without IELTS. For this, you should have to fulfill English requirements such as having a proof of over 70% in English in High School or taking an online interview conducted by the university or proof of English as your medium of instruction in your school.

Q. List the name of the universities that allow students to study in UK without IELTS.

A. The name of the UK universities that allow students to take admission without IELTS are the University of Warwick, Birmingham City University, University of Bristol, Robert Gordon University, University of Greenwich, Portsmouth University, etc.

Q. Can I apply for UK visa without IELTS?

A. Yes, you may get a UK study visa without IELTS. For this, you can show the immigration authorities a certificate from the university where you have been admitted specifying that you are eligible for a study visa without IELTS.

Q. Does UK accept the study gap?

A. Yes, the study gap is acceptable in the UK. It is a friendly place for international students. However, one must have a solid academic record, work experience, and a valid reason for the gap.

Q. Is IELTS compulsory to take admission in Masters in the UK?

A. Although, IELTS is generally considered a pre-requisite to your application. On top of this, a good IELTS score strengthens your application. But IELTS can be waived off by making it possible for Indian students to study in the UK without IELTS. For this, they need to fulfill the same eligibility conditions given above.

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Pranay Parwarkar

2 months ago

i scored 66 marks in 12th in english can I study without ielts?

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Aliza Rangara

8 months ago

I got 69 marks in English so can I apply for Visa without ielts?

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Anumika BahukhandiStudy Abroad Expert

6 months ago

Hello Aliza, in which country do you want to pursue your higher education?


Ari Prasad

a year ago

I have completed 10th after 3 years of diploma can I apply for uk any universities without ielts

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Anumika BahukhandiStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hello Ari. We request you to be more clear with your query and elaborate the same so that we can understand the same properly. In case you are urgently looking for a solution, please feel free to take free counselling offered by Shiksha counsellors at -


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