English Language Requirements

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.

Please be aware that language needs to be verified from one of the options listed on this web page. We do not accept letters of proficiency.

Acceptable English Language Tests

One way you can meet the English Language requirement is through an acceptable English Language Test. Please click the tab that relates to your area of study for more information on the suitable tests and grades required.

Please note that your test certificate must be within its period of validity – for example, the IELTS, Pearson and Trinity ISE SELTs are only valid for two years after the test date.

International Foundation Programme

If you are applying for the International Foundation Programme, a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) is required.

SELTs are taken in person in a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Testing centre.

For details on the difference between Route A and Route B, please visit the International Foundation Year course page.

UKVI Approved SELTInternational Foundation Year Entry Requirement
(Route A)
International Foundation Year Entry Requirement
(Route B)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)Overall 5.0 with no element below 4.0Overall 6.0 with no element below 5.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) UKVI Scores of 51 with no element lower than 46Scores of 59 with no element less than 56
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI Approved)

Please note ISE tests are only accepted if the test taker is in the UK
ISE Level II with Pass in each elementISE Level II with Merit in each element
Language Cert International ESOL SELTB1 Achiever SELT Pass with a minimum score of 38/50B2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 33/50 in each element
PSI Skills for English (4- skill tests only - UKVI approved)B1 Pass with Merit - OverallB2 Pass - Overall

Undergraduate Entry

 Undergraduate (UG)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)Overall 6.0 with no element below 5.5
IELTS Academic (Standard Test) OR IELTS IndicatorOverall 6.0 with no element below 5.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based (iBT) OR iBT Special Home EditionOverall score of 78 or above with minimum elements of listening 19, reading 18, speaking 19, and writing 21
Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE)Overall score of 169 or above with at least 162 in each element
Cambridge C1 Advanced Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Overall score of 169 or above with at least 162 in each element
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) (UKVI Approved Test)Scores of 59 with no element less than 59
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI Approved) Please note ISE tests are only accepted if the test taker is in the UK ISE Level II with Merit or above in each element
Euroexam AcademicOverall score of 75% with no sub-skill below 60% (Level B2 Distinction)
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 33/50 in each element
Oxford Test of English (OTE)OTE score 120 overall with at least 111 in each component
PSI Skills for English (4- skill tests only - UKVI approved)B2 Pass - Overall

Pre-sessional English for Undergraduate Applicants

If you do not currently meet the English language level for your course, you may be able to do a Pre-sessional English course before your main degree programme to improve your English language to the required level.

For Pre-sessional entry, please check the specific entry requirements for your main course, and then refer to the Pre-sessional entry requirements in the table below.

UKVI Approved SELTPre-sessional entry requirement
(Undergraduate)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)

An IELTS score (overall or in any sub-skill) which is half a band lower than the required entry level for your degree.
Overall 5.5 with no element below 5.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) UKVIScores of 56 or higher with no element lower than 51
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI Approved)ISE Level II with Pass in each element
Language Cert International ESOL SELT B2B2 Communicator SELT Pass with a minimum score of 25/50 in each element

Postgraduate Entry

 Postgraduate (PGT)Postgraduate (PGR)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)Overall 6.5 with no element below 6.0Overall 7.0 with no element below 6.5
IELTS Academic (Standard Test) OR IELTS IndicatorOverall 6.5 with no element below 6.0Overall 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 90 or above with minimum elements of listening 23, reading 23, speaking 22 and writing 26 Overall score of 100 or above with minimum elements of listening 26, reading 26, speaking 23 and writing 28
Cambridge C2 Proficiency (formerly known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE)Overall score of 176 or above with at least 169 in each elementOverall score of 185 or above with at least 176 in each element
Cambridge C1 Advanced Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Overall score of 176 or above with at least 169 in each elementOverall score of 185 or above with at least 176 in each element
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) (UKVI Approved Test)Scores of 61 with no element less than 59Scores of 76 or higher with no element less than 76
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI Approved) Please note ISE tests are only accepted if the test taker is in the UK ISE Level II with Distinction in each element or ISE Level III with Pass in each elementISE Level III with Merit in Each element
Euroexam AcademicOverall score of 60% with no sub-skill below 40% (Level C1 Pass)Overall score of 75% with no sub-skill below 60% (Level C1 Distinction)
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 38/50 in each elementC1 Expert SELT with a minimum score of 33/50 in each element
Oxford Test of English (OTE) OTE score 130 overall with at least 111 in each componentNot accepted
PSI Skills for English (4- skill tests only - UKVI approved)
B2 Pass with Merit - OverallC1 Pass - Overall

Pre-sessional English for Postgraduate Applicants

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 main degree programme to improve your English language to the required level.

For Pre-sessional entry, please check the specific entry requirements for your main course, and then refer to the Pre-sessional entry requirements in the table below.

UKVI Approved SELTPre-sessional entry requirement
(Postgraduate taught)
Pre-sessional entry requirement
(Postgraduate research)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)

An IELTS score (overall or in any sub-skill) which is half a band lower than the required entry level for your degree.
Overall 6.0 with no below than 5.5Overall 6.5 with no below 6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) UKVIScores of 59 with no element lower than 59Scores of 61 with no element lower than 59
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI Approved)ISE Level II with Merit or above in each elementISE Level II with Distinction in each element
Language Cert International ESOL SELT B2B2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 33/50 in each elementB2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 38/50 in each element

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.

Edge Hill University reserves the right to ask the applicant to provide further evidence of English language proficiency in the form of a UKVI accepted Secure English Language Test (SELT) if an applicant has taken one of the qualifications below a long time ago and has not used English in a work or study environment.

If you have an English language qualification that does not appear in the list below, please contact the International Admissions Team at [email protected]

Africa
QualificationCountryScore or Grade
West African Senior School (WASSC)GhanaEnglish Grade C6
GCE O-Level in EnglishGhanaEnglish Grade C
West African Examination Council (WAEC)
National Examinations Council (NECO)
Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE)
NigeriaEnglish Grade C6
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
Asia
QualificationCountryScore or Grade
Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE)Hong KongEnglish Language Grade 4
Secondary School Certificate English Standard XIIIndia70% or higher
Malaysian 1119 (UCLES)MalaysiaEnglish Grade C or above
Europe
QualificationCountryScore or Grade
French Baccalaureate (I'option Internationale English)FranceGrade 12 or above
German Arbitur EnglishGermanyGrade 12 or above
Netherlands VWO EnglishHollandGrade 7 or above
Global
QualificationCountryScore or Grade
iGCSE in EnglishAllEnglish Language Grade C or above (Cambridge Board, Pearson/Edexcel Board, Oxford/AQA Board)
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

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

You can demonstrate your English Language level by providing a UK degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) 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; Jamaica; Malta; New Zealand; Republic of Ireland; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; USA.

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.

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