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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) - Requirements based on IELTS equivalent

IELTS

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Reading 51 51 51 67

Listening

51

51

51

67

Speaking

51

51

51

67

Writing

51

51

51

67

Overall

51

56

61

67

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

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

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

Bulgarian High School Diploma

5.0 in the subject of English (Foreign Language I)

Latvian Diploma of General Secondary Education

B2 test at 80% or above

Lithuanian High School Diploma

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, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

West African Examination Council (WAEC)

(Nigeria & Ghana)

A to C or 1 to 6

Sri Lankan O’Level

Pre 2001 – Distinction or Credit

Post 2001 – C or above

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

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

Pass level (50% and above)

NCUK, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Syllabus

EAP band D for programmes requiring IELTS 5.5

EAP band C for programmes requiring IELTS 6.0

INTO English

Same grades as IELTS

International Baccalaureate Diploma

English Language Group A, Group B and Ab Initio at following levels:

English Language Group A – Grade 4

English Language Group B and Ab Initio – Grade 5

European Baccalaureate

Language 1 – 6.0 / 60%

Language 2 – 7.0 / 70%

Language 3 – 7.5 / 75%

Unicentres English Language Test

Overall score of 60 and above with the minimum of 60 in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 5.5

Overall score of 70 and above with the minimum of 60 in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 6.0

Overall score of 75 above with the minimum of 60 in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 6.5

The Study Group English and Skills for University Study (ESUS) modules 3

Overall score of 40% and above with the minimum of 40% in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 5.5 with no band lower than 5.5

Overall score of 50% and above with the minimum of 40% in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5

Overall score of 60% and above with the minimum of 40% in each component for programmes requiring IELTS 6.5 with no band lower than 5.5 

Thailand: Assumption University International English Language Test (AUIELT)

  Grade: IELTS 6.0: Overall score of 6.0