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English Language Requirements and Help

English Language Requirements

If you do not already hold a college approved qualification which demonstrates the required level of English for entry, you will be required to obtain one from another educational provider or your offer from us will be conditional on the successful completion of a pre-sessional English Language course. These classes will be provided absolutely free.

Our Applicant Advisors will be able to confirm with you at your initial consultation whether or not this will apply to your application.

If you are advised that you need to take a pre-sessional English course, you will first need to take an English Assessment Test. This supervised assessment will take around 90 minutes to complete and will test your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

These initial English assessments allow us to assess what additional support (if any) you may need in order to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.

Based on the outcome of this initial assessment you will be advised which pre-sessional English course you need to attend and what classes (weekday afternoons and evenings; Saturday mornings) are available either online or at your chosen campus.

Remember, English Language requirements vary slightly depending on the course you wish to study:

  • HND / FOUNDATION DEGREE IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent
  • FOUNDATION YEAR IELTS 5.0 (with no less than 4.5 in any area) or equivalent
  • DEGREE / TOP-UP IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any area) or equivalent

UKVI English Language Requirements for International Students

If you choose to prove your English language abilities with a secure English language test (SELT), you will need to take a test that assesses your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities. The level of test you will need, known as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level, will depend on your level of study.

For further information and a list of UKVI approved Secure English Language Test Providers please click here

For English language requirements for international students please visit our International Students Entry Requirements page.

Free Pre-sessional English Support

As mentioned above, where applicants need a little support to improve their English Language skills, the College offers free digital pre-sessional English courses.

These courses focus on your areas of weakness and aim to bring your level of English up to the required standard. Classes will also improve important study skills in preparation for academic study. At the end of your course, on passing another English test, you will be able to join the course you have applied for.

If you are offered a pre-sessional course, you will be required to attend classes regularly and fully complete the course before being accepted on to your chosen course.

Preparing for your English Language Assessment

  • Read the guidance notes on English Language Requirements at the end of this document
  • Consider taking a short functional skills course to gain an approved English qualification
  • Practise your English with friends, family or colleagues before taking the English assessment
  • Make sure you are well rested, not hungry, thirsty or distracted when you take the test
  • If you have an English qualification make sure we have seen it so you can be exempted

Approved English Qualifications

The table below shows the standard English qualifications that are accepted by Regent College London:

Test Foundation Year HND / Foundation Degree Bachelor’s Degree Top-Up Degree Master’s Degree
IELTS Academic (taken within 2 Years) 5.0 with no element below 4.5 5.5 with no element below 5.0 (with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing) 6.0 with no band below 5.5 6.0 with no band below 5.5 6.0 with no band below 5.5
IELTS Indicator 5.0 with no element below 4.5 5.5 with no element below 5.0 (with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing) 6.0 with no band below 5.5 6.0 with no band below 5.5 6.0 with no band below 5.5
PTE Overall score of 29 and no less than 23 in each component Overall score of 36 and no less than 29 in each component (with no less than 36 in reading and writing) Overall score of 46 and no less than 36 in each component Overall score of 46 and no less than 36 in each component Overall score of 46 and no less than 36 in each component
TOEFL iBT Including Special Home Edition Overall Score of 63 with minimum component scores for; Reading (9), Writing (15), Listening (12) and Speaking (8) Overall Score of 72 with minimum component scores for; Reading (14), Writing (16), Listening (15) and Speaking (19) Overall Score of 80 with minimum component scores for; Reading (18), Writing (17), Listening (17) and Speaking (20) Overall Score of 80 with minimum component scores for; Reading (18), Writing (17), Listening (17) and Speaking (20) Overall Score of 80 with minimum component scores for; Reading (18), Writing (17), Listening (17) and Speaking (20)
Pearson Versant Overall score of 41 and no less than 37 in each component Overall score of 46 and no less than 37 in each component (with no less than 46 in reading and writing) Overall score of 51 and no less than 46 in each component Overall score of 51 and no less than 41 in each component Overall score of 51 and no less than 41 in each component
Duolingo Overall score of 75 and no less than 60 in each component Overall score of 85 and no less than 75 in each component (with no less than 85 in reading and writing) Overall score of 95 and no less than 85 in each component Overall score of 95 and no less than 85 in each component Overall score of 95 and no less than 85 in each component
Trinity College (Integrated Skills) ISE I with a merit in each component ISE II with a pass in each component ISE II with Distinction in all four components Requires IELTS 6.0 and ISE II- Distinction for each component Requires IELTS 6.0 and ISE II- Distinction for each component
GCSE in English Language (from a UK awarding body) E or 3 D or 3 C or 4 C or 4 C or 4
Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level English E D3 C3 C3 C3
Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level English E D3 D2 D2 D2
IGCSE English as a First language (for syllabus 0500 Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate) E D C C C
IGCSE English as a Second language (for syllabus 0510 Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate) E D C C C
Cambridge Advanced English Overall score of 154 points with no Component below 146 Overall score of 162 points with no Component below 154 (with no less than 162 in reading and writing) Overall score of 169 points with no Component below 162 Overall score of 169 points with no Component below 162 Overall score of 169 points with no Component below 162
International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher level English Language(Syllabus A) 3 3 4 4 4
International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English Language (Syllabus B) 3 4 5 5 5
European Baccalaureate English Language 60% 65% 70% 70% 70%
Functional Skills English 1 2 2 2 2
Adult Literacy 1 2 2 2 2

* This list above is not exhaustive, however if the qualification you hold is not listed in the above table, you may be required to take an English Assessment and / or a pre-sessional English course and formal test.

Timetables for English classes and English tests

If you are unsure or have questions about your English Language qualification, please speak to one of our Applicant Advisors and they will be able tell you whether you can be exempted. Email info@rcl.ac.uk or call 020 3870 6666