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English Language Expectations


For learners to be successful on our qualifications which are taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. 

Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 to be able to study our qualifications. 

Students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being accepted to the programme that is both taught and assessed in English as follows:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 51

  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5


Why are English language entry requirements necessary?

For learners wishing to study our qualification and who are non-native English speakers, they must have a minimum level of English language competency. 
UK universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) commonly require a minimum standard of English language as part of their entry requirements onto undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

Whom do the entry requirements apply to?

These English language entry requirements apply to all non-native English speakers in the UK and internationally being registered onto our qualifications where that programme is taught and assessed in English.


Is it necessary for a learner to have studied in English at a particular level in the final two years of school?

No. The Centre should assess whether the learner completed the final two years of school in English and has the required English language competency.

Are there English Language test comparison tables?

Please find the English language comparison tables here.