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Tier 4 qualifications

General English Language qualifications

QUALIFICATION GRADE REQUIRED FOR EQUIVALENCE

BELLERBY’s English and skills for University Study (ESUS)

50-59% =6.0 IELTS
60-69%= 6.5 IELTS
70-79% =7.0 IELTS
No less than 40% in any component. ESUS must be stated on the qualification

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE)

169 overall with minimum 162 in all test components. Entry requirements will vary according to the course of study.

Cambridge English: Business (BEC HIGHER)

169 overall with minimum 162 in all test components. Entry requirements will vary according to the course of study.

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE O-Level in English Language

Syllabuses:
1119 - Malaysia
1120 - Brunei
1123 - (Replaces syllabus 1115) - Various countries.
1125 &1126 - Mauritius
1127 - Singapore

Grade C = IELTS 6.0 overall
Grade B = IELTS 6.5 overall
Grade A = IELTS 7.0 overall
CAMBRIDGE International Examinations AS Level English Literature Grades A - C
CAMBRIDGE - IGCSE English – FIRST LANGUAGE (Syllabus 0500) Grades A – C
Grade C = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
Grade B = IELTS 7.0 overall

NOTE: Listening and Speaking components are graded separately as follows: Listening: Grades 1, 2 and 3 are acceptable only Speaking: Grades 1 and 2 are acceptable only

If component scores for all four skills cannot be seen on the certificate, the applicant must request a “Certifying Statement of CEFR” from Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE English - SECOND LANGUAGE (Syllabus 0511) A – C
C = IELTS 6.0-6.5
B= IELTS 6.0-6.5
A = IELTS 6.5-7.0 overall

NOTE: Listening grade must always be a minimum Grade A. If Listening score is lower than an A, this qualification cannot be accepted.

If component scores for all four skills cannot be seen on the certificate, the applicant must request a “Certifying Statement of CEFR” from Cambridge

EDEXCEL: IGCSE in English (Specification A) –SECOND LANGUAGE A – C
Grade B = IELTS 6.5 overall
Grade A = IELTS 7.0 overall

Note: Two routes are offered, Coursework or Examination. The Examination option of Specification B does not test speaking or listening, so will not be acceptable for entry to BU.

HONG KONG DIPLOMA OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (HKSDE) English language examination Grade 4 = 6.0-6.5 IELTS
Grade 5 = 7.0 IELTS

Note: No less than grade 4 in any component

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in all test components IELTS entry requirements will vary according to the course of study.
India Standard XII Boards recognised: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
70% = IELTS 6.0 overall
75% = IETLS 6.5 overall
80% = IELTS 7.0 overall

Note: English must be taken as a ‘core’ module (CBSE Code 301). Functional English (101) and Elective English (001) are not accepted.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

English from Subject Group A or B (this includes English Literature)

English A: Literature/ Language and Literature Higher Level and Standard Level:
Grade 5= IELTS 6.0-7.0
Grade 6 = IELTS 7.5

English B (Language) Higher Level:
Grade 5 = IELTS 6.0- 7.0
Grade 6 = IELTS 7.5

English B (Language) Standard Level:
Grade 5 = IELTS 6.0-6.5
Grade 6 = IELTS 7.0

INTO Pre-sessional English/Pre-Master’s English*FOUNDATION/ *DIPLOMA/ *GRADUATE DIPLOMA

INTO English Language Assessment (IELA)

6.0 or above (UEA; Glasgow Caledonian);
60% or above = IELTS 6.0 overall (Newcastle; Exeter);
A-C = IELTS 6.0 or above (Manchester).

Listening and Reading:
60%-65% = IELTS 6.0-6.5
66%-74% = IELTS 6.5-7.0
75%-89% = IELTS 7.0-8.0

Writing and Speaking:
B2= IELTS 6.0-6.5
C1= IELTS 7.0

KAPLAN Pre-Sessional English Qualification (all UK KIC providers) 60% overall = IELTS 6.0 overall
65% overall = IELTS 6.5 overall
70% overall = IELTS 7.0 overall

Note: No less than 55% in any component

LCCI – London Chamber of Commerce and Industry - INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

JETSET

Level 6 = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
Level 7 = IELTS 7.0-8.0
LCCI – International Qualifications English Language Skills Assessment

(ELSA)

440 – 500 overall

Listening: minimum score of 199/250
Reading: minimum score of 184/250
Speaking: minimum level Advanced
Writing II: minimum level of 4 compares to IELTS Writing 5.5-6.5 Minimum level of 5 compares to IELTS Writing 7.0 or above

Note: Applicants must take the Writing II component of the exam. Writing I is not accepted

NECO – National Examinations Council (West Africa) C6 = IELTS 6.0 overall
C5 = IELTS 6.5 overall
B3 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Pearson 54 = IELTS 6.0 overall (min. 51 in each component)
58 = IELTS 6.5 overall
62 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Trinity College London (Integrated Skills in English – ISE) ISE II Pass = IELTS 6.0 -6.5 overall
Each component will be graded as follows:
Pass= IELTS 5.5-6.0
Merit = IELTS 6.5
Distinction = IELTS 6.5-7.0

ISE III Pass = IELTS 7.0-8.0 overall
Each component will be graded as follows:
Pass = IELTS 7.0
Merit = IELTS 7.5
Distinction =IELTS 8.0

Note: No less than “Pass” in any component

TOEFL iBT

Overall scores:
60-78 = IELTS 6.0
79-93 = IELTS 6.5
94-101 = IELTS 7.0

West African Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (WASSCE), from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) C6 = IELTS 6.0 overall
C5 = IELTS 6.5 overall
B3 = IELTS 7.0 overall

Please note: English language qualifications must still be within their validity period when we issue a CAS for a TIER 4 visa application. If your English language qualification is older than 2 years old, we may ask you to provide additional evidence of your English language ability.

English language requirements will vary according to the requirements of your chosen course of study.

We may ask you to provide additional information on the grading of your qualification in order for us to confirm whether it is acceptable for entry to BU programmes. If you have any questions on your English language qualification, please contact internationaladmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk and we will be pleased to advise you.