English Language Requirements

How to demonstrate your English language level

There are a number of different ways you may be able to demonstrate your English language level, for example, by your nationality, with a degree taught in a majority English-speaking country or with an approved English language qualification or test. Which of these you may be able to use will depend on the course you are going to be studying and whether or not you will need to apply for a Student visa and can meet the UKVI requirements.

Please read the information below carefully to see if you can meet the English Language requirements for your course.

Demonstrating your English language level using a qualification from a ‘majority English-speaking’ country

You can demonstrate your English Language level by providing a UK degree or an academic qualification that is equivalent to a UK degree (this needs to be confirmed by UK NARIC) that was taught in any of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados;Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Malta;  New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; USA.

Demonstrating your English language level with your nationality

You can also demonstrate your English Language level by providing your passport showing you are a national of Canada or any of the countries in the list above.

Acceptable English language tests for direct entry to UG/PGT and PGR courses at Edge Hill University

The scores listed below are standard scores for the different programmes but please check with your department as they may ask for higher scores. Please check individual websites for more information and test fees.

 International Foundation YearUndergraduate (UG)Postgraduate (PGT)Postgraduate (PGR)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)Overall 5.0 with no element below 4.0Overall 6.0 with no element below 5.5Overall 6.5 with no element below 6.0Overall 7.0 with no element below 6.5
IELTS Academic (Standard Test) OR IELTS IndicatorOverall 6.0 with no element below 5.5Overall 6.5 with no element below 5.5Overall 7.0 with no element below 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based (iBT) OR iBT Special Home EditionOverall score of 80 or above with minimum elements of
listening 17,
reading 18,
speaking 20
and writing 17.
Overall score of 90 or above with minimum elements of
listening 21,
reading 22,
speaking 23
and writing 21.
Overall score of 100 or above with minimum elements of
listening 22,
reading 24,
speaking 25
and writing 24.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)Overall score of 169 or above with at least 162 in each element.Overall score of 176 or above with at least 169 in each element.Overall score of 185 or above with at least 169 in each element.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Overall score of 169 or above with at least 162 in each element.Overall score of 176 or above with at least 169 in each element.Overall score of 185 or above with at least 169 in each element.
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)Scores of 58 or higher with no element lower than 51.Scores of 65 or higher with no element lower than 59.Scores of 73 or higher with no element lower than 66.
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI Approved)ISE Level II with Distinction in each element.ISE Level III with Pass in each element.ISE Level III or IV with Pass in each element.
Euroexam AcademicOverall score of 60% with no sub-skill below 40%Overall score of 60% with no sub-skill below 40%Overall score of 60% with no sub-skill below 40%

Other English language qualifications accepted at EHU

The qualifications in this list are acceptable for undergraduate entry with the scores stated. If you are a postgraduate student, please note that a higher score may be required by your department. If you took one of these qualifications more than 5 years ago, from the point of application, you will need to take an IELTS test or one of the equivalent tests in the table above instead. If you have an English language qualification which does not appear in the list below, please contact the International Office international@edgehill.co.uk

QualificationCountryScore or Grade
West African Senior School (WASSC)GhanaEnglish Grade C6
GCE O-Level in EnglishGhanaEnglish Grade C
Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE)Hong KongEnglish Language Grade 3
Malaysian 1119 (UCLES)MalaysiaEnglish Grade C or above
West African Examination Council (WAEC)
National Examinations Council (NECO)
Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE)
NigeriaEnglish Grade C6
iGCSE in EnglishAllEnglish Language Grade C or above
GCSE in EnglishAllEnglish Language Grade C/Level 4 or above
A Level in English LanguageAllEnglish Language Grade C or above
International Baccalaureate
Standard or Higher English Language
Syllabus A
AllGrade 4
International Baccalaureate
Standard or Higher English Language
Syllabus B or English Language and Literature (combined) or English Literature
AllGrade 5
National Senior Certificate (NSC)South AfricaGrade 5 in English as First/Home language
Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) O LevelZimbabweEnglish Language grade C or above
Secondary School Certificate English Standard XIIIndian70% or higher
German Arbitur EnglishGermanyGrade 12 or above
French Baccalaureate (I'option Internationale English)FranceGrade 12 or above
Netherlands VWO EnglishHollandGrade 7 or above

What if you do not currently meet the English language level for your course?

You may be able to do a pre-sessional course before your chosen main course in order to improve your English language to the required level.

Pre-sessional Academic English course (6 Weeks)

If you have an unconditional offer for your main course, except for your English language level, then you may be able to do a pre-sessional course to meet the English language requirement. If you need to apply for a Student visa, we can give you a joint CAS to cover both the pre-sessional course and your main course – if you meet all the other UKVI requirements.

Your overall IELTS score cannot be more than 0.5 lower than the overall requirement for direct entry onto your course, and each element also cannot be more than 0.5 lower than the requirement for each element for direct entry onto your course.

  • Example 1: Postgraduate Research
    To get a joint CAS  for the pre-sessional course followed by a Postgraduate Research degree, you would need an IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 6.5, and no element below 6.0
  • Example 2: Postgraduate Taught
    To get a joint CAS  for the pre-sessional course followed by a Postgraduate Taught degree (e.g. a Masters), you would need an IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 6.0, and no element below 5.5
  • Example 3: Undergraduate
    To get a joint CAS for the pre-sessional course followed by an Undergraduate degree, you would need a UKVI IELTS overall score of at least 5.5, and no element below 5.0
    OR
    A non-UKVI IELTS
    (or equivalent) overall score of at least 5.5, and no element below 5.5

The fee for the Standard IELTS test is approximately £165; for the Home Office approved IELTS test the fee is approximately £200. Please check with the relevant test centre as fees may vary.

The Pre-sessional course enables students to raise their overall English language proficiency and learn important academic skills before joining their main course.

The Pre-sessional provides an orientation to the campus and its learning facilities.

The Language Centre assess all four skills and provides a report on exit. The Edge Hill Pre-sessional course is 6 weeks and details can be found on the Language Centre website.