English Language Requirements

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

All of the tests in this chart are secure English language tests (SELTS), taken under test conditions. 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)Overall 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 (iBTOverall 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 tests 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 tests more than 5 years from the point of application, you will need to take an IELTS test or one of the equivalent tests in Chart One. 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

Pre-sessional Academic English Course (6 Weeks)

  • If your current IELTS (Academic) test score is minimum 5.5 overall with no score lower than 5.5 in any element, you can present an IELTS certificate from:-

Home Office Approved IELTS centre on the UKVI’s list
or
Standard IELTS test centre.

  • If your current IELTS (Academic) test score is minimum 5.5 and one or two scores are 5.0 in any element, you must present an IELTS certificate from:-

Home Office Approved IELTS test centre on the UKVI list (ONLY).

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.

Edge Hill permits students to join its Pre-sessional Academic English course if a student has taken the IELTS test and is half a band lower than the entry requirements (overall or in one or two elements) at the point of application. This applies to both undergraduates and postgraduates.

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.

Students from English Speaking Countries

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in:

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

You also don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following apply:

  • you’re a national of Canada or any of the countries in the list above
  • you have studied in the UK before as a Tier 4 (Child) student
  • you’re applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a university degree course in the USA