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Non tier 4 qualifications

General English Language qualifications

The following English language qualifications are only acceptable for applicants who do not require a TIER 4 (General) Student visa
 

QUALIFICATION GRADE REQUIRED FOR EQUIVALENCE
Austrian qualifications

MATURA/REIFEPRUFUNG

2 (gut) in English when both written and oral exams taken
2 (gut) = IELTS 6.5 overall
1 (sehr gut) = IELTS 7.0 or above
Belgian qualifications

GETUIGSCHRIFT VAN HOGER
SECUNDAIR ONDERWIJS /
CERTIFICAT D’ENSEIGNEMENT
SECONDAIRE SUPERIEUR

8 / 80% / grote onderscheiding / grande distinction in English
8 (80%) = IELTS 6.5 overall
9 (90%) = IELTS 7.0 or above
Danish qualifications

STUDENTEREKSAMEN / HØJERE FORBEREDELS-EKSAMEN

7 in English (levels A or B)
7 = IELTS 6.5 overall
10 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Dutch qualifications

VOORBEREIDEND WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS (VWO) DIPLOMA

8 (goed) in English
8 = IELTS 6.5 overall
9 = IELTS 7.0 overall
EUROPEAN BACCALAUREATE

Language 1

Grade 6 = IELTS 6.0-6.5
Grade 7 = IELTS 7.0+
EUROPEAN BACCALAUREATE

Language 2

Grade 7 = IELTS 6.0-6.5
Grade 8 = IELTS 7.0
Finnish qualifications

YLIPPILASTUTKINTO / STUDENTEXAMEN

5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English in Matriculation exam
4 IELTS 6.5 overall
6 (Eximia cum laude approbatur) = IELTS 7.0 overall
French qualifications

BACCALAUREAT DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT DU SECOND DEGRE

BACCALAUREAT (INTERNATIONAL OPTION) (OIB)

14 (bien) in English, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1. 12 may be acceptable in some cases
14 = IELTS 6.5 overall
16 = IELTS 7.0 overall
12 in OIB = IELTS overall 6.0-6.5
14 in OIB = IELTS overall 7.0+
German qualifications

ABITUR

FACHHOCHSCHULREIFE

10 (gut) in English when taken as main/intensive course
10 = IELTS 6.5 overall
12 = IELTS 7.0 or above

2 (gut) in English for Fachhochschulreife
2 (gut) = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
1 (sehr gut) = IELTS 7.0 or above

Icelandic qualifications STUDENTSPROF MATRICULATION EXAM 8 in English when taken as a compulsory language
8 = IELTS 6.5 overall
10 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Irish qualifications

GCE O-LEVEL ENGLISH

Grade C or above
Luxembourg qualifications

EXAMEN DE FIN D’ETUDES SECONDAIRES

40 (bien) = IELTS 6.0 overall
48 = IELTS 6.5 overall
52 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Lithuanian qualification

Matura state English examination

75% or 8/10 = IELTS 6.0 overall
75% or 8/10 = IELTS 6.5+ overall
Norwegian qualifications

VITNEMAL – VIDEREGAENDE OPPLAERING

4 in English
4 = IELTS 6.5 overall
5 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Swedish qualifications

AVGANGSBETYG

VG (val godkant) in English.
VG = IELTS 6.5 overall
MVG = IELTS 7.0 overall
Swiss qualifications

MATURITATZEUGNIS / CERTIFICAT DE MATURITE / ATTESTATO DE MATURITA - Federal maturity certificate or the federally-recognised cantonal maturity certificate

5 (gut/bien/bene) in English
5 = IELTS 6.5 overall
6 = IELTS 7.0 overall

Please note: If your qualification was taken more than 2 years ago, we may ask you to provide additional evidence of your English language ability.