Online Learning: Is My English Good Enough?

Is My English Good Enough for University Study?

Here, at Arden University, all of our online learning courses are taught in English.

We want to make higher education as accessible as possible to everyone - wherever you are in the world. So, you don't need to hold any formal English qualifications. However, you will need to have reasonable proficiency in both written and spoken English.

By having a good level of English language proficiency, you'll be in the best place to make the most of your study materials and ultimately excel on your online course.

Most of the courses we offer have a minimum English proficiency requirement of:

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.0 (with a score of no less than 5.5 in any element)

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Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) - 80.


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Or an equivalent qualification.

How Do I Demonstrate My English Language Skills?

You'll demonstrate your English language skills when you apply for your course. 

We consider all applications on a case-by-case basis. So, while there aren't any set ways you could demonstrate your skills, you'd typically show them in the form of...

Supporting documentation, such as:


Qualifications (if you do have them)

work experience

Work experience


Evidence you've previously studied in an environment where English was the medium of instruction.

You'll be able to find out more about the English proficiency requirements for your chosen course on the individual course page.

Don't worry - it certainly doesn't mean you can't apply. Instead, you can take our internal English Language Test.

It's designed to provide an opportunity for prospective non-native English-speaking students, who can't provide evidence of their proficiency, to enrol on their chosen course.

How Does Arden's English Language Test Work?

First, you need to have applied for a course here, at Arden. Secondly, your application needs to have been confirmed as being compatible by the student recruitment team.

It's an internet-based test (so, you'll need access to an internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone). It uses the same grading system as IELTS. And it costs £48 to sit.

When you've completed the test, your results will be processed within 48 hours - and we'll let you know whether you've been successful. If you have been successful, you'll be able to request a grading certificate you can use as future evidence of English proficiency.

Find out more by speaking to a member of our student recruitment team today.

Do you feel like your English language skills could be improved?

Arden offers an English Language Booster Qualification which can help you get to a level where you feel comfortable regularly communicating in English.

Not only will this help you get to have the fluency you'll need to enrol on your course at Arden, but it'll also set you up well for your future career post-graduation.

Want to learn more about our English Language Booster Qualification? Speak to our student recruitment team for more information.

The English Language Hub at Arden University is here to help you succeed in your studies by enhancing your academic English language skills. With our Fundamentals of Academic English course, one-to-one appointments, engaging workshops, and self-study resources, we've got everything you need to excel. 100% of the students we asked told us they have a better understanding of academic English after using the Hub, and would strongly recommend it to other people. Best of all, it's free and available to all Arden students. Join us and boost your academic English to reach new heights in your studies!

Conversations with our friendly student recruitment team.

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Your Next Steps

Get a better idea of how you'll study on your course or how you might be assessed by reading our useful guides.

How Will I Study?

How Will I Be Assessed?

Alternatively, you can find out more about the individual entry requirements for your chosen course on its dedicated page

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