Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE)

The Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE) is used to decide if your level of English is good enough to begin most full-time degree courses at the University of Wolverhampton (see below for course exceptions).

How to apply to the IA








You will be examined in four areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

You will receive a global score (average score of the four areas), and if this is the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above you will be able to progress to your chosen degree, with the exception of some professional related courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching or Graduate Employment Based Route leading to Early Years Teacher Status.


Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE) 2018 dates

The next Wolverhampton English Proficiency Examination (WEPE) dates will be held at Telford Innovation Campus on the:

  • 13 June
  • 10 July
  • 08 August
  • 13 September

(Please note the WEPE test days may be subject to change, so please check the dates when you book).

Wolverhampton English Proficency Examination (WEPE) - book a test

To book a test place please Email: ia@wlv.ac.uk  or Telephone: +44 (0) 1902 322525

 (Please note the WEPE test days may be subject to change, so please check the dates when you book).

The examination cost is £60.00 payable through the online estore link by debit/credit card.  The test will be held at the International Academy at Telford Innovation Campus:

The University of Wolverhampton
International Academy
Priorslee Hall
Telford Innovation Campus
Shifnal Road

or by pre-arrangement with our overseas partners.  You must also bring your passport along with you for identification purposes.

Entry Points

Entry points for our courses depend on your English language level:

  • If you have IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent), you must do at least one pre-sessional course
  • If you have IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent), you must do two pre-sessional courses.

You are strongly advised to do some English language study preparation before the course begins, especially if you are entering the course at IELTS 5.0. 

If you fail to reach IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) in the exam, you may still be able to progress to your degree by taking one of our Pre-sessional English language courses. 

Please note that you will not normally be able to take the WEPE test again within two months of your previous test date.

Other pathways to degree courses at the University of Wolverhampton

You may also find our other course offerings of interest, all of which help prepare students for degree level study and are accredited by the British Council  (PDF 281K, Downloads file) for the quality of English language provision.

In particular the Extended International Foundation Year allows students entry with IELTS 4.5 overall, with no less than a 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in all other bands or IELTS 5.0 overall, with no band less than 4.5 in any component.  Applicants will also need to show evidence of UKVI IELTS at the required level as part of the offer conditions and visa application. Students can complete this Extended International Foundation Year programme on a single CAS, undertaking specialist English language skills training as well as the modules available on the current International Foundation Year.

This course provides students who otherwise would not have been able to start the IFY course with a viable route onto a degree programme, subject to professional body requirements, at the University of Wolverhampton.