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English Language Qualification Guide

Many UK Universities will accept specific English Language qualifications as an entry requirement, as an alternative to either the IELTS or TOEFL exam.  Below is a guideline of these English Language qualifications which may be equivalent to IELTS Academic 6.0, or more where specified.

Please be aware that the following English Language qualifications may or may not be accepted by your intended Higher Education Institution as an entry requirement.  Further more, if your qualification is older than two years, the university may also require you to take additional tests in some circumstances.

This list is also not an exhaustive list as English qualifications are always being updated.  If you are unsure about your current English Language qualification please contact us.

Commonly Used English Language Qualifications

CountryQualificationTypical Score/Grade Required for UK University EntranceNotes
InternationalGCSE English LanguageGrade C
InternationalGCE O LevelGrade 3 or Grade C
InternationalInternational GCSE English (IGCSE)Grade CThis qualification is typically valid for 10 years
InternationalUndergraduate degree from a University in the UKSecond Class Honours (2:2)
InternationalIELTS (Academic Test)6.5 - 7.0 with not less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.There are separate tests in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

You should choose the academic modules in the test.

IELTS is valid for 2 years
InternationalTOEFL (including the Tests in Written and Spoken Practice) Paper Based Test600 with not less than 58 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing and a TWE of 4.5TOEFL is valid for 2 years

Website: www.toefl.org
InternationalTOEFL (including the Tests in Written and Spoken Practice) Internet Based Test100 with not less than 20 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and WritingTOEFL is valid for 2 years

Website: www.toefl.org


Other Non - Country Specific English Language Qualifications

CountryQualificationTypical Score/Grade Required for UK University Entrance
InternationalCambridge Higher School Certificate at Subsidiary levelGrade C
Cambridge International Examinations AS Level – English Language E/D or above is equivalent to IELTS 7/7.5; NQF 3.
Cambridge International Examinations AS Level – English LiteratureE/D or above is equivalent to IELTS 7/7.5; NQF 3.
Cambridge International Examinations AS Level – English Language and Literature E/D or above is equivalent to IELTS 7/7.5; NQF 3.
Cambridge International Examinations – IGCSE English – First LanguageGrade A – C (extended level)
Cambridge International Examinations – IGCSE English – Second LanguageGrade A – C (extended level)
Cambridge English Language syllabus 1115, 1119, 1120, 1123, 1124, 1125, 1126Typically Grade C6
City and Guilds International ESOL/International Spoken ESOLFirst Class Pass at Expert level (NQF2) and Pass at Mastery level (NQF 3).
Edexcel International GCE O Level – English LanguageGrade A – C
Edexcel International GCSE – English LanguageGrade A – C
Edexcel International GCSE – Second LanguageGrade A – C
European BaccalaureateEnglish mark of at least 65% - 75%. Or, an 8 in English as either Obligatory Subject (Language I or II) or Full Option (Language III or IV).
International Baccalaureate (IB)UK universities will generally look for an English mark of 4 - 5
INTO Pre-sessional English/Pre- Master’s English. Foundation/Diploma/Graduate Diploma 6.0 or above (60% or grade A-C) depending on grading system
London Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) – International Qualifications English for BusinessPass at level 3
London Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) – International Qualifications English Language Skills Assessment (ESLA)Listening / Reading, and optional Writing I, Writing II and Speaking.
L/R 380 (max 500), Writing II 5-6 (max 7), and Speaking Advanced are roughly equivalent to IELTS 6.
London Tests of English (Edexcel International)Acceptance grades usually levels 4-5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)Ideally you should have attained at least 75%.
NEAB University Entrance Test in English for Speakers of Other Languages (UETESOL)Pass
Trinity College ESOL ISE III (Integrated Skills in English)Pass
UCLES/Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)Grade B - C
UCLES/Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Grade B - C
University of Reading, TEEP6.5

Country Specific English Language Qualifications - English Speaking Countries

CountryQualificationTypical Score/Grade Required for UK University Entrance
AustraliaSenior School Certificate or Diploma50%
BruneiB-C GCE O Level (Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary
Level)
Grade C or Grades 1 - 6
CameroonGCE O LevelC or above
GambiaWASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination)Grades 1-6
GhanaWASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination)Grades 1-6
Hong KongHKCEE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education) OR,
HKALE (Hong Kong A/AS level)
Grade C (syllabus A / B)*
Grade E or above
*Some institutions may not accept syllabus A
KenyaKCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) Grade C
LiberiaWASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination)Grades 1-6
MalawiMSCE (Malawi School Certificate of Education) Grades 1-6
MauritiusEnglish 1125/1126 (Cambridge English Language O level)Grade C
New ZealandNCEA (National Certificate in Educational Achievement)Level 2 with Merit
NigeriaWASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination)Grades 1-6
PakistanHSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate, Year 12) - English 75% / 80%
SeychellesEnglish 1124 (Cambridge English Language O level)Grade C
Sierra LeoneWASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination) / GCE O – LevelsGrades 1-6
SingaporeNgee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore CELPT (Computerised English Language Proficiency Test)7.0
South AfricaSenior Certificate with or without Matriculation EndorsementGrades A - D
TanzaniaCSE (Certificate of Secondary Education)Grade C
UgandaUCE (Uganda Certificate of Education)
EACE (East African Certificate of Education)
Grades 1 – 6
USACollege Entrance Examination Board (Scholastic Aptitude Test) (SAT I) - Critical Reading Section of the Test600
West Indies/CaribbeanCECSE (Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate)
CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate)
BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Grades 1 – 3

Grade III

Grade C
ZambiaZambia School Certificate Grades 1 – 6

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