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English language and English tests

We accept a range of English language qualifications as evidence of your abilities. These qualifications are all checked by our Centre for Academic Success to ensure they meet our requirements. 

Their syllabuses are mapped against the four components of listening, reading, writing and speaking to ensure they are comparable to CEFR level B2 in each of these components. 

For the majority of our courses, an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5) is required, however, please note that some courses may require a higher IELTS score. Please check with the University if you are unsure.

Please note that if you have a UK Bachelor Degree, or equivalent from a majority English speaking country, you will not be required to hold one of these English language qualifications. 

Qualification

Grade

IELTS

IELTS 6.0 with no banding below 5.5

Please note select courses require higher IELTS.

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Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) - Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

IELTS

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Reading 42 42 42 65

Listening

42

42

42

65

Speaking

42

42

42

65

Writing

42

42

42

65

Overall

42

50

58

65

TOEFL (If taken outside the UK) - Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

IELTS

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Reading 18 18 18 24

Listening

17

17

17

22

Speaking

20

20

20

25

Writing

17

17

17

24

Overall

72

80

88

95

Malaysia Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary level (syllabus 1119)

1 – 6 before 2008 / C or above after 2008

GCSE: Edexcel Board

Grade 4 and above

GCSE: OCR Board

Grade 4 and above

GCSE: AQA Board

Grade 4 and above

GCSE: WJEC Board

Grade 4 and above

iGCSE: Edexcel Board

English as 1st Language – Grade 4 (Grade C)

English as 2nd Language – Grade 7 (Grade A)

IGCSE: Cambridge Board (1st Language)

Grade 4 (Grade C)

IGCSE: Cambridge Board (2nd Language)

Before March 2017 - Grade 7 (Grade A)

After March 2017 - 
Syllabus 0511 - Grade C
Syllabus 0510 - Grade C with Grade 2 or above in Speaking

Bulgarian High School Diploma

5.0 in the subject of English (Foreign Language I)

Latvian High School Diploma / Certificate of General Secondary Education

B2 test at 80% or above

Lithuanian High School Diploma / Brandos Atestatas (Secondary School Leaving Certificate / Maturity Certificate)

B2 test at a score of 8 or above

Romanian Baccalaureate

Average of B2 or higher in RB assessment of English

Indian Standard XII

65% and above in the following boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

WASSCE (West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination): West African Examination Council (WAEC)

A to C or 1 to 6

Brunei Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary level – syllabus 1120

C and above

Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary level – syllabus 1127 and 1128

C and above

HKDSE Hong Kong

Grade 3 and above in each band in each target description for programmes requiring IELTS 5.5

Grade 4 and above overall with a minimum of 3 in each band in each target description for programmes requiring IELTS 6.0

Overall Grade 5 with minimum Grade 3 in each band in each target description for programmes requiring IELTS 6.5

Overall Grade 5 with minimum Grade 4 in each band in each target description for programmes requiring IELTS 7.0

2018 onwards

HKDSE English Language IELTS equivalence range
3 5.48 - 5.68
4 6.31 - 6.51
5 6.81 - 6.99
5* 7.16 - 7.32

Mauritius Cambridge International General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level – syllabus 1125/1126

Grade C and above

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education English Language Syllabus (1122) (ZIMSEC)

Grade C and above

Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) - Level 5 course in communications

50% and above, on a case by case basis

NCUK, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Syllabus

Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

NCUK EAP IELTS
D (40 - 49%) 5.5
C (50 - 59%) 6.0
B (60 - 69%) 6.5
A (70-79%) 7.0

European Baccalaureate

Language 1 – 6.0 / 60%

Language 2 – 7.0 / 70%

Language 3 – 7.5 / 75%

The Study Group: Academic English Skills (Previously English and Skills for University Study (ESUS) modules 1-3)

Overall score of 40% with 40% in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 5.5

Overall score of 50% with 40% in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 6.0

Overall score of 60% with 40% in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 6.5

Thailand: Assumption University International English Language Test (AUIELT)

Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

Overall 6.0 with no banding below 5.5

INTO – INTO English Language Assessment Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

IELA IELTS
162 - 168 5.5
169 - 175 6.0
176 - 184 6.5
185 7.0

Cambridge English Qualification: C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced/CAE)

B2 or above

INTO – University of East Anglia (UEA) Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

English Language and Study Skills IELTS
55% 5.5
60% 6.0
65% 6.5
70% 7.0

INTO – University of Exeter

Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

Overall 6.0 with no banding below 5.5

International Baccalaureate Diploma

 

English B (Standard/Higher Level) – 5

English A: Language and Literature, Literature, Literature and Performance (all at Standard/ Higher Level) – 5

Global English Testing Services (GETS) Higher English proficiency test

 

Overall score of 81 or above with:

  • 81 or above in listening
  • 75 or above in reading, writing and speaking

South and City College Birmingham, Pre-Sessional English

Overall band 6.0 or above with no sub-skills below 5.5

For Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programmes you will be required to complete a BCU in-house English Language test if you do not hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above or an approved Level 2 equivalent in English Language. You would need to obtain an IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no bands below 6.5. This will also be the same for Mathematics and Science.