Alternative English language qualifications

Note: Please remember to check what IELTS level is required for your course on the course webpage.

Qualification Grade Required For Equivalence

Austria qualification:
Matura/Reifepruefung

2 (gut) in English when both written and oral exams taken

BEIJING FOREIGN STUDIES UNIVERSITY (BFSU) Internal English Test

Grading aligns with IELTS bands

Belgium:
Getuigschrift Van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs / Certificat D’Enseignement Secondaire Superieur

8 or 80% grote onderscheiding /grande distinction in English

BELLERBY’s Academic English Skills (AES)

50-59% = 6.0 IELTS
60-69% = 6.5 IELTS
​70-79% = 7.0 IELTS

Note: No less than 40% in any component.

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) = CEFR C1

169-175 = 6.0 IELTS
176-184 = 6.5 IELTS
185 = 7.0 IELTS

The above are the overall grades. The breakdown of component grades for reading, writing, listening and speaking can be found on the website here:  English Language Comparison Scores | Bournemouth University

C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) = CEFR C2

169-175 = 6.0 IELTS
176-184 = 6.5 IELTS
185 = 7.0 IELTS

The above are the overall grades. The breakdown of component grades for reading, writing, listening and speaking can be found on the website here:  English Language Comparison Scores | Bournemouth University

B2 Business Vantage (formerly BEC Vantage)

169-175 = 6.0 IELTS
176-184 = 6.5 IELTS
185 = 7.0 IELTS

The above are the overall grades. The breakdown of component grades for reading, writing, listening and speaking can be found on the website here:  English Language Comparison Scores | Bournemouth University

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE O-Level in English Language Syllabuses accepted:

1119 – Malaysia
1120 - Brunei
1125 & 1126 - Mauritius
1127 - Singapore

Grade C = IELTS 6.0 overall
Grade B = IELTS 6.5 overall
Grade A = IELTS 7.0 overall

We will require access to your results, details about how this can be done, can be found here: English Language Comparison Scores | Bournemouth University

CAMBRIDGE International AS and A Level English Literature (Syllabus 9695)

Grades A – C can be considered

CAMBRIDGE IGCSE English – First Language 0500 and 0900

A – C (or 9-4 for syllabus 0900)
Grade C = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
Grade B = IELTS 7.0 overall

Note: Speaking and Listening are separate components and these scores do not contribute to the overall grade. IGCSE 0500 can only be accepted if Speaking and Listening exams are taken. We will require access to your results, details about how this can be done, can be found here: Sending your results to a recognising organisation – Cambridge English Support Site

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0993) (Speaking Endorsement)

 

Reading, Writing and Listening grades A-C (or 9-4 for syllabus 0993):
Grade C = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
Grade B = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
Grade A = IELTS 6.5-7.0

Note: Listening grade must be Grade A or B. Component scores must appear on the certificate.

Cambridge IGCSE English as Second language (Syllabus 0511 and 0911 – count in Speaking)

Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking grades A-C (or 9-4 for syllabus 0911):
Grade C = IELTS 6.0 overall
Grade B = IELTS 6.5 overall
Grade A = IELTS 7.0

Denmark:
Studentereksamen / Højere Forberedels-Eksamen

 

7 or above in English (levels A or B)
7 = IELTS 6.0-6.5
10 = IELTS 7.0

Netherland:
Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Diploma

8 (Goed) or above in English
8 = IELTS 6.0-6.5
9 = IELTS 7.0

EDEXCEL: IGCSE English language (Specification A) – Second Language

Grade C = IELTS 6.0
Grade B = IELTS 6.5
Grade A = IELTS 7.0

Speaking and Listening: Minimum grade of "Merit"
(Please Note: We cannot accept Specification B as this does not cover all components)

ELLT (Online English Language Level Test by Oxford International)

5 (B2) = IELTS 6.0
6 (C1) = IELTS 6.5
7 (C1+) = IELTS 7.0

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+

Finland:
Ylippilastutkinto / Studentexamensbetyg

Matriculation Exam
4 = IELTS 6.0
5 = IELTS 6.5
6 = IELTS 7.0

France:
Baccalaureat De L’Enseignement Du Second Degre
Baccalaureat (International Option) (OIB)

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+

Germany:
Abitur

Fachhochschulreife

English 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

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)

Grade D = IELTS 5.5-6.0
Grade C = IELTS 6.5
Grade B = IELTS 7.0

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)

Grade 3 = IELTS 5.5
Grade 4 = IELTS 6.0-6.5
Grade 5 = IELTS 7.0

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKSDE) English language examination

Grade 3 = IELTS 5.5
Grade 4 = 6.0-6.5 IELTS
Grade 5 = 7.0 IELTS

Iceland:
Studentsprof Matriculation Exam

8 or above in English when taken as a compulsory language
8 = IELTS 6.5
10 = IELTS 7.0

IELTS (Academic) accepted only

IELTS Indicator (taken from 1 July 2020)

6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in all test components.

Test validity: 2 years

India:
India Standard XII Boards for Undergraduate courses:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)

Maharastra Exam Board
Tamil Nadu Exam Board
Karnataka Exam Board

70% (or Grade B) = IELTS 6.0 overall
75% (or Grade B) = IETLS 6.5 overall
80% (or Grade A) = IELTS 7.0 overall

CBSE must be Core Module 301

Postgraduate applicants: If your degree was passed within the last 2 years and you can provide a letter from the university that awarded the degree stating it was taught and assessed in English, then we can also accept this so long as you also have a Standard XII (any Board) that meets the course requirements grades as above.

International Baccalaureate

We can accept both English Literature and Language at both Higher and Lower level

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

Republic of Ireland

GCE O-Level English

Grade C or Above

KITE (Kaplan International Tools for English)

426-458 = IELTS 6.0 overall
459-494 = IELTS 6.5 overall
495-526 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Note: minimum requirements for component scores is B2

Kaplan Pre-Sessional English Qualifications
(All UK Kaplan International Providers)

60% overall = IELTS 6.0 overall
65% overall = IELTS 6.5 overall
70% overall = IELTS 7.0 overall
55% + in all components

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 requires at least 33/50 in all components
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 requires at least 33/50 in all components

Latvia:
'Atestats par Visparejo Videjo Izglitbu' (Certificate of General Secondary Education)

80% = IELTS 6.0 overall
85% = IELTS 6.5 overall
90% = IELTS 7.0 overall

Lithuania:
Matura state English examination

75% or 8/10 = IELTS 6.0+ overall

Luxembourg:
Examen De Fin D’Etudes Secondaires

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

MLS English Language Proficiency Assessment System (MLS ELPAS)

CEFR B2 - = IELTS 5.5
CEFR B2 = IELTS 6.0
CEFR B2+ = IELTS 6.5
CEFR C1 = IELTS 7.0

NECO – National Examinations Council (West Africa)

C6 = IELTS 6.0 overall
C5 = IELTS 6.5 overall
B3 = IELTS 7.0 overall

Norway:
Vitnemal – Videregaende Opplaering

4 = IELTS 6.0-6.5 overall
5 = IELTS 7.0 overall

Pearson PTE (under review)

54 = IELTS 6.0 overall
58 = IELTS 6.5 overall
62 = IELTS 7.0 overall
Please Note: (min. 51 in each component for all)
Test validity: 2 years

Poland:
Świadectwo Dojrzałości (Certificate of Maturity) Bilingual English Exam Advanced English Exam

Advanced English examination:
70% overall plus 70% in oral exam = IELTS 6.0
75% overall plus 70% in oral exam = IELTS 6.5
80% overall plus 70% in oral exam = IELTS 7.0

Portugal:
Certificado de fim de Estudos Secondarios/ Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano

Grade 12 English exam:
14/20 = IELTS 6.0 overall
16/20 = IELTS 6.5 overall
18/20 = IELTS 7.0 overall

Pre-Sessional courses accredited by other UK Universities

Pre-Sessional and foundation programmes with integrated English courses may be acceptable, if the course is accredited by a recognised body of educational oversight (e.g., British Council, other UK Universities). Grades must show all four components with no component lower than 5.5 and with an overall score of 6.0. But individual course requirements may apply.

Romania:
Romania Baccalaureate

B2 overall with minimum grade of B2 in each component (acceptable for equivalency up to IELTS 7.0)

South Africa:
South African National Senior Certificate

NSC Grade C or 5 = IELTS 6.0
NSC Grade B or 6 = IELTS 6.5
NSC Grade A or 7 = IELTS 7.0

This is for those taking English as first language and as first additional language

Sweden:
Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

Old grading system
VG (val godkant) in English.
VG = IELTS 6.5 overall
MVG = IELTS 7.0 overall

New grading system
C = IELTS 6.0-6.5
B = IELTS 6.5-7.0
A = IELTS 7.0+

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
Test validity: 2 years only for immigration purposes

TOEFL iBT

TOEFL IBT Home Edition

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

Test validity: 2 years.
Note: We do not accept paper-based tests or MyBest scores.

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

We may request you provide a scratch-card to verify your results if your certificate was obtained prior to 1989.