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English Language Requirements for Admission

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency, generally in the form of an IELTS (academic) or TOEFL examination score. Scores can vary according to the qualification sought.

1.   Admission to CertAttainFoundSt
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an IELTS score of 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in the Written band), or
    a B grade or better at Level 6 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
2.   Admission to BA, BCGD, BCMS, BEP, BMCT, BMPD, BMus, BSc (in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences), BSocSc and BSpLS
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an IELTS Overall score of 6.0 (with at least 6.0 in the Writing band), or
    a paper based TOEFL score of 550 (with at least 5 in the Test of Written English), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 79-80 with a Writing score of 20, or
    a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
3.   Admission to BBA(Fin), BCS, BECom, BMS, BTour, BE(Hons), BSc (in the Faculty of Science and Engineering) and BSc(Tech)
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an IELTS Overall score of 6.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any band), or
    a paper based TOEFL score of 550 (with at least 5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 79-80 with a Writing score of 20, or
    a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
4.   Admission to LLB
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an IELTS Overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in the Writing band), or
    a TOEFL score of 600 (with at least 5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 100 with a Writing score of 22, or
    a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
5.   Admission to BSW
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.5 in any band) or
    a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
6.   Admission to graduate/postgraduate programmes
  The requirements are higher for admission to graduate qualifications (including higher degrees such as the MPhil, PhD and EdD). It is generally recommended that students have:
    an IELTS Overall score of at least 6.5 overall (including at least 6.0 or better in the Writing band), or
    a Paper-based TOEFL score of 577 plus a TWE (Test of Written English) of 5 or better, or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 90 with a Writing score of 22, or
    a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
  However, some qualifications, such as the LLD, SJD, MBA, PGDip(SLT), MA(Applied) in Applied Linguistics require a higher score. The English language proficiency requirements for admission to particular qualifications are at the discretion of the Dean concerned.
7.   Admission to graduate Law Qualifications
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an IELTS Overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in the Writing band), or
    a Paper-based TOEFL score of 600 (with at least 5.5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 100 with a Writing score of 22, or
    a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
8.   Admission to BTchg, BEd and GradDipT
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an academic IELTS Overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any component)
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
9.   Admission to MTchgLn
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    an academic IELTS Overall score of 7.5 (with no less than 7.0 in any component)
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.

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