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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 International Centre for English 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, some of these qualifications may have a validity of two years from the date of the test.

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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Bulgarian High School Diploma 5.0 in the subject of English (Foreign Language I)
Brunei Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary level – syllabus 1120 C and above

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

IELTS

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Reading

162

169

176

185

Listening

162

169

176

185

Speaking

162

169

176

185

Writing

162

169

176

185

Overall

162

169

176

185

European Baccalaureate

Language 1 – 6.0 / 60%

Language 2 – 7.0 / 70%

Language 3 – 7.5 / 75%
Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) - Level 5 course in communications 50% and above, on a case by case basis
GCSE: AQA Board Grade 4 and above
GCSE: Edexcel Board Grade 4 and above
GCSE: OCR Board Grade 4 and above
GCSE: WJEC Board Grade 4 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

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
IGCSE: Edexcel Board

English as first language – Grade 4 (Grade C)

English as second language – Grade 7 (Grade A)
Indian Standard XII

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

International Baccalaureate Diploma

English B (Standard/Higher Level) – 5

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

 

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
Kaplan Language for Study 3 (LS3)

Overall score of 60 with:

A minimum of 60 in Listening

A minimum of 55 in Reading, Writing and Speaking

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
Malaysia Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary level (syllabus 1119) 1 – 6 before 2008 / C or above after 2008
Mauritius Cambridge International General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level – syllabus 1125/1126 Grade C and above
Navitas Academic English 2 (AE2) and Academic English 3 (AE3)

Overall pass of 55% in AE2 for programmes requiring IELTS 5.5

Overall pass of 60% in AE3 for programmes requiring IELTS 6.0

Overall pass of 65% in AE3 for programmes requiring IELTS 6.5

Overall pass of 70% in AE3 for programmes requiring IELTS 7.0

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

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

Romanian Baccalaureate Average of B2 or higher in RB assessment of English
Singapore Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary level – syllabus 1127 and 1128 C and above
Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level English Language C and above
South and City College Birmingham, Pre-Sessional English 6.0 with no banding below 5.5

Thailand: Assumption University International English Language Test (AUIELT)

Requirements based on IELTS equivalent
Overall 6.0 with no banding below 5.5
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
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

WASSCE (West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination): West African Examination Council (WAEC) A to C or 1 to 6
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education English Language Syllabus (1122) (ZIMSEC) Grade C and above

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.