English language requirements

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All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements.

Equivalent qualifications

English language requirements are shown on individual course pages. Generally, this is shown as an IELTS grade, however we accept a range of equivalent qualifications. 

As a general guide:

For undergraduate courses we require IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

For postgraduate courses, we require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

For the International Foundation Year, we require IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum 4.0 in each component) in UKVI IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

The approved equivalent qualifications list includes the following: 

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) 

Regional-based qualifications

Majority English Speaking Countries as deemed by UKVI

Medium of English Institutions

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK may require evidence of a Secure English Language test rather than an examination or qualification due to visa requirements, as deemed by the UK Government Home Office, Visa and Immigration (UKVI).

Equivalent qualifications

Secure English language tests

Applicants with the following SELT (Secure English Language Test) qualifications are deemed to be approved for entry to our courses, depending on the level of entry measured through IELTS.

Common European Framework

UKVI IELTS 4.5 equivalent: B1

UKVI IELTS 5.0 equivalent: B2

UKVI IELTS 5.5 equivalent: B2

UKVI IELTS 6.0 equivalent: B2

UKVI IELTS 

UKVI IELTS 4.5 equivalent: 4.5 (pre-sessional and International Foundation Year only)

UKVI IELTS 5.0 equivalent: 5.0 (pre-sessional and International Foundation Year only)

UKVI IELTS 5.5 equivalent: 5.5 

UKVI IELTS 6.0 equivalent: 6.0

Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English

UKVI IELTS 4.5 equivalent: ISE I – Pass

UKVI IELTS 5.0 equivalent: ISE II – Pass

UKVI IELTS 5.5 equivalent: ISE II – Pass

UKVI IELTS 6.0 equivalent: ISE II – Pass

Note: By UKVI regulations, SELTs are deemed to prove knowledge of English and applicants will not require a further test for Tier 4 sponsorship. This list is managed by the UK Government Home Office (UKVI) and may be subject to change.

Regional based qualifications

These qualifications are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry onto all of our courses at degree level or above.  

We accept the following qualifications as proof of English for Tier 4 visa sponsorship purposes, therefore applicants will not require an additional SELT.

Worldwide

GCSE English (all UK boards): Grade C.

iGCSE English: Grade C.

O Level English (all UK boards): Grade C.

A Level English (all UK boards): Grade E.

AS Level English (all UK boards): Grade D.

European Baccalaureate: 80% or 6 in English

International Baccalaureate: Higher level English  4/5/5; Standard level English 5/6/6

TOEFL IBT: 79 overall including minimum listening - 17; reading - 18; writing - 17; speaking - 20.

Pearsons: 60 = 6.5 IELTS, 53 = 6.0 IELTS, 51 = 5.5 IELTS.

NCUK – all programmes: EAP C, no components below D.

NCUK English Language test (online) -  6.0 = IELTS 6.0 / 6.5 = IELTS 6.5

INTO Foundation: EAP C, no components below D.

Kaplan International College - Foundation Year / Pre-Masters: 60% in English with all components 55% or above.

University of Michigan - Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE): ECCE test takers will receive a scaled numeric score for all four sections. Test takers who achieve an average score of 650 or higher will be awarded a certificate. Additionally, ECCE test takers who achieve a score of 840 or higher in all four sections will be awarded a Certificate of Competency with Honours.

Anguilla

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Antigua and Barbuda

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language

Australia

Secondary School (Year 12 equivalent): Grade C in English

Austria

Reifeprufung/Matura: English subject – Mark of 2 or gut.

(The) Bahamas

Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE): Grade C in English

Barbados

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade C in English

Belize

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade C in English

Bermuda

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Botswana

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education: Grade C/4 in English

British Antarctic Territory

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

British Indian Ocean Territory

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Brunei Darussalam

Cambridge O-Level English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Bulgaria

Diploma of Completed Secondary Education: English subject – pass (grade 3 or above).

Cameroon

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level - Anglophone System Only: Grade C in English

Canada

General Education Development Test (GED) - not including Quebec and New Brunswick: English Language to be completed and passed at Grade 12 level.

Cayman Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

China

Sino-British College International Diploma: Pass including minimum EAP D.

Cyprus

Apolyterion: 15 or above in English.

Dominica

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language

Falklands Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

France

International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB): MUST be the English Language Stream - Pass in the OIB.

Germany

Abitur: 10 or above in English Language.

Ghana

WAEC/WASSCE English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Gibraltar

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Greece

Apolytirion – English subject: 15 or above.

Grenada

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language

Guyana

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language

Hong Kong

HKALE Use of English: grade D or above.

HKCEE (Syllabus B): grade C or above.

HKDSE: grade 4 or above.

India

For IELTS 6.5 - Standard XII: 70% English (only when awarded from CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana).

For IELTS 6.0 - Standard XII: 65% English (only when awarded from CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana).

Jamaica 

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English as a First Language: Grade C or above.

Malaysia

SPM 1119 English (Bahasa Inggeris): Grade C or above on the UCLES O level grade (or grade 6C or above if taken between 2000-2009).

Mauritius

Cambridge High School Certificate (includes O Level/iGCSE English: Grade C or above.

Montserrat

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

New Zealand

Higher School Certificate: English Language grade C (50-64)

Norway

Vitnemal: Four or above in English Language.

Nigeria

WAEC/WASSCE/NECO English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Bachelor Degree: 2nd Class Honours (Lower Division) 2.40-3.49 GPA or 60-69%

Pitcairn Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Poland

Matura: 70% or above in English Language.

Republic of Ireland

Leaving Certificate: English Language Grade C (55-69%)

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O level: Grade C6 or above

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan O Level English: Credit or above.

St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year secondary education qualification in English. Grade III in English Language.

St Kitts & Nevis

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language.

St Lucia

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language.

South Africa

Senior Certificate: Grade C (60-69%) in English

St Vincent & the Grenadines

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education (Also known as Certificate of Secondary Education Examination or CSEE): Grade C or above.

Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate: Grade III in English Language,

Turks & Caicos

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English: Grade III in English Language.

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE): Grade 1-6.

UK

UK bachelor’s degree/UK master’s degree: Successful completion of full award (CertHe, DipHE, PGCert, PGDip - not accepted)

USA

General Education Development Test (GED): English Language grade C

High School Graduation Diploma: (70-79) GPA 2.0

West Africa

WAEC/WASSCE English Language: Grade C6 or above.

Zambia

School Certificate/ General Certificate of Education: Grade 5-6/Credit in English

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level: Grade C in English

 

Majority English speaking countries

Applicants with degrees from these countries (must be equivalent to a UK degree) are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry into all of our programmes.

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

The Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Dominica

Grenada

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

New Zealand

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

UK

USA

Note: By UKVI regulations, nationals of the above countries, as well as Canada, do not need to prove knowledge of English, and applicants will not require a further test for Tier 4 visa sponsorship. This list is managed by the UK Home Office (UKVI) and may be subject to change.

Medium of English institutions

Students who have completed applicable courses at the following institutions are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry onto all of our programmes at degree level or above, provided the course has been completed in the past two years.

We accept the following qualifications for proof of English for Tier 4 visa sponsorship purposes and applicants will not require an additional SELT.

Bahrain

British University Bahrain: Must have passed University of Salford awarded International Foundation Year delivered on the British University Bahrain Campus  - NQF Level 3.

France

ESIEA - Must be applying for programme as part of the Partner Agreement with ESIEA AND have achieved a minimum of grade 12 (non-tier 4 applicants) or grade 14 (tier 4 applicants) in English Language in the French Baccalaureate

ISEP - Must be applying for programme as part of the Partner Agreement with ESIEA AND have achieved a minimum of grade 12 (non-tier 4 applicants) or grade 14 (tier 4 applicants) in English Language in the French Baccalaureate

ESTIA - Must be applying for programme as part of the Partner Agreement with ESIEA AND have achieved a minimum of grade 12 (non-tier 4 applicants) or grade 14 (tier 4 applicants) in English Language in the French Baccalaureate

IPSA - Must be applying for programme as part of the Partner Agreement with ESIEA AND have achieved a minimum of grade 12 (non-tier 4 applicants) or grade 14 (tier 4 applicants) in English Language in the French Baccalaureate

Hong Kong

LiPACE Open University Hong Kong (OUHK): Successful completion of Higher Diploma course

Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) Australia - CMA Hong Kong Branch: Must be applying for the level 7 programme as part of the Partner Agreement with CMA.

India

Indian Institute or Technology: Successful completion of course

Indian Institute of Management (various campuses): Successful completion of course

University of Delhi: Successful completion of course

University of Mumbai: Successful completion of course

University of Calcutta (Kolkatta): Successful completion of course

Malaysia

Taylors University College: Successful completion of course

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UiTM): Successful completion of course

Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC): Successful completion of course

INTI University College Malaysia: Successful completion of course

Laila Taib College (LTB): Successful completion of course

Additional qualifications for non-Tier 4 students

These qualifications are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry onto our courses at selected partners only. (These qualifications are not approved for Tier 4 sponsorship purposes. For students who require a Tier 4 visa for studies, you will need to submit an additional approved qualification).

UK University degrees:

A University of Salford awarded degree, delivered overseas or online.

A UK university awarded degree (where the UK university governs quality assurance) delivered overseas or online.

Sentral College Penang (formerly Sentral Technology College Penang), Malaysia:

Diploma in Accounting, Business Studies;

Diploma in Computer Systems Technology;

Diploma in Information Technology in collaboration with NIIT;

Diploma in Tourism Management.

Pentecost University College, Ghana:

Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business - ACCA;

Level 6 International Advanced Diploma - Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).