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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.

As outlined in the previous section, 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. 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 timetables are available at your chosen campus.

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

  • FOUNDATION DEGREE IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent
  • FOUNDATION 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

 

Free Pre-sessional English Support

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

These courses aim to bring your level of English up to the required standard, enabling you to join the course you have applied for after attending English classes and passing a formal English test.

If you are offered a pre-sessional course, you will be required to attend classes and fully complete the course before being accepted on to your chosen HND, foundation or degree 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
  • Practice 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

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

 

Approved English Qualifications
Qualification Foundation Year

Foundation Degree

Degrees

IELTS Academic
IELTS for UKVI
5.0
(no element below 4.5)
5.5
(no element below 5.0)
6.0
(no element below 5.5)
Pearson
English Test
46
(41)
51
(46)
56
(51)
Functional Skills in English Level 1 Pass Level 2 Pass Level 2 Pass
Adult Literacy Level 1 Pass Level 2 Pass Level 2 Pass
Integrated Skills in English
(ISE II)
Pass
(in all areas ISE I)
Pass
(in all areas ISE II)
Pass
(in all areas ISE II)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Standard Level English Language
Grade 5
or above
Grade 5
or above
Grade 5
or above
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Higher Level English Language
Grade 4
or above
Grade 4
or above
Grade 4
or above
NCUK International Foundation Year
English for Academic Purposes
Grade C
or above
Grade C
or above
Grade C
or above
Edexcel IGCSE
English Language A
Grade E / 3
(Inc. Speaking and Listening)
Grade C / 4
(Inc. Speaking and Listening)
Grade C / 4
(Inc. Speaking and Listening)
Edexcel IGCSE
English as a Second Language
Grade B / 6
(Inc. Speaking and Listening)
Grade B / 6
(Inc. Speaking and Listening)
Grade B / 6
(Inc. Speaking and Listening)
Cambridge English
Level 2 Certificate: Advanced
Overall score of 154
(with no less than 147  in any component)
Overall score of 162
(with no less than 154  in any component)
Overall score of 169
(with no less than 162  in any component)
TESA
English Test
5.0
(no element below 4.5)
5.5
(no element below 5.0)
6.0
(no element below 5.5)

 

* 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.

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