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.

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.

Please note that your test certificate must be within its period of validity – for example, IELTS certificates are valid for two years.

 Undergraduate (UG)Postgraduate (PGT)Postgraduate (PGR)
IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved Test)Overall 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 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 78 or above with minimum elements of listening 19, reading 18, speaking 19, and writing 21 Overall 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 169 or above with at least 162 in each elementOverall 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 169 or above with at least 162 in each elementOverall 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 59 with no element less than 59Scores 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 Merit or above in each elementISE 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 75% with no sub-skill below 60% (Level B2 Distinction) Overall 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 33/50 in each elementB2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 38/50 in each elementC1 Expert SELT with a minimum score of 33/50 in each element

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 (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; 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.

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: Undergraduate
      To get a joint CAS for the pre-sessional course followed by an Undergraduate degree, you would need a UKVI SELT (Secure English Language Test) with an IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 5.5, and no element below 5.0
      OR
      A non-SELT IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 5.5, and no element below 5.5
    • 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 a UKVI SELT (Secure English Language Test) with an IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 6.0, and no element below 5.5
    • Example 3: Postgraduate Research
      To get a joint CAS  for the pre-sessional course followed by a Postgraduate Research degree, you would need a UKVI SELT (Secure English Language Test) with an IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 6.5, and no element below 6.0

For information on IELTS test fees, please check with the relevant test centre. Test fees vary from country to country, but the test fee is approximately £200. The latest information on IELTS preparation, test fees and registration can be found on the IELTS website

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.

Acceptable English language tests for entry to below degree level programmes

If you are applying for a course below degree level (such as the Pre-sessional English course or 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.

Please note that IELTS, Pearson and Trinity ISE SELTs are only valid for two years after the test date.

For Pre-sessional entry, please check the specific entry requirements for your main course, and then refer to the Pre-sessional entry requirements table below. The scores listed below are standard scores for the different programmes but please check with your department as they may ask for higher scores.

Acceptable English language tests for entry to the Pre-sessional course at Edge Hill University

UKVI Approved SELTPre-sessional entry requirement
(Undergraduate)
Pre-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 5.5 with no element below 5.0Overall 6.0 with no below than 5.5Overall 6.5 with no below 6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) UKVIScores of 56 or higher with no element lower than 51 Scores 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 Pass in each element 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 Pass with a minimum score of 25/50 in each elementB2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 33/50 in each elementB2 Communicator SELT with a minimum score of 38/50 in each element

International Foundation Programme English Language Entry Requirements

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

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

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 which does not appear in the list below, please contact the International Admissions Team at [email protected]

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 4
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 (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
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
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