Postgraduate Taught English Language entry requirements

If you do not already hold a valid English Language test, English Language will be included as a condition of your offer. This will be noted as an IELTS requirement, although other English Language tests are accepted, as below.

If you are submitting an English Language qualification that is not IELTS, you must still meet the IELTS equivalent requirement. Please contact the Admissions Team to clarify what this is if you are unsure; pgosi@liverpool.ac.uk

International English Language Tests - SELTs and non-SELTS

You can download our Postgraduate International English Language Tests - SELTs and non-SELTS in either PDF format or as Excel document.

Country-specific English language tests (for students educated in English medium)

 

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE/GCE)

This will be accepted for English Language and Mathematics for both UG and PG at grade A-C

 

This will be accepted for English Language and Mathematics for both UG and PG at grade A-C

Cameroon GCE O Level (British system) 

Grade C above

 

Grade C above

Caribbean Examination Council General Proficiency 

Grade I & II

 

Grade I & II

HKCEE 

Taken pre-2007 - C

Taken post-2007 - 4

 

Taken pre-2007 (syllabus B only) - C (B for clinical programmes in Medicine and Dentistry)

Taken post-2007 - 4 (5 for Medicine and Dentistry)

Hong Kong Use of English AS level 

C

 

C

HKDSE

IELTS 7.0 – HKDSE English Language Grade 5 (with no component score less than 5)

IELTS 6.5 or below – HKDSE English Language Grade 4 (with no component score less than 4)

 

IELTS 7.0 – HKDSE English Language Grade 5 (with no component score less than 5)

IELTS 6.5 or below – HKDSE English Language Grade 4 (with no component score less than 4)

INDIA Standard XII (awarded by CBSE, CISCE or any Indian State Board)

70% or above (when education has been completed in English Medium)

 

70% or above (when education has been completed in English Medium)

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 

C

 

C

Malawi School Certificate of Education 

Grade 6, Credit (3-6) or above

 

Grade 6, Credit (3-6) or above

Malaysian SPM 1119

C

 

C

Norway - Vitnemal - Videregaende Opplaering (VVO) English

GPA 4.0+

 

GPA 4.0+

Singapore Cambridge O Level

C

 

C

South African National Senior Certificate (SANSC or NSC)

This will be excepted for English Language for both UG and PG at grade 5-7 (2008 onwards)

Accepted for English Language at for both UG and PG at grade 5-7 (2008 onwards) 

Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) 

C

 

C

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) 

Grade 6 or above

 

Grade 6 or above

UK A/S level English language 

E

 

E

UK GCSE or O level English language 

C which is equal to new grades 4/5

 

C which is equal to new grades 4/5

UK IGCSE English as a first language 

C which is equal to new grades 4/5

 

C which is equal to new grades 4/5

UK IGCSE English as a second language

B which is equal to new grades 5/6

 

B which is equal to new grades 5/6

UK International Baccalaureate 

Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Lever Grade 4 in English B (Group 2).

Please note Standard or Higher Level English A (Group 1) is not acceptable.

Students who have studied English A should present an alternative, accepted (as outlined in this table), English Language qualification.

 

Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Lever Grade 4 in English B (Group 2).

Please note Standard or Higher Level English A (Group 1) is not acceptable.

Students who have studied English A should present an alternative, accepted (as outlined in this table), English Language qualification.

WAEC (for Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) 

Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above

 

Grade C, Credit (4-6) or above

Zambia Secondary School Certificate 

Grade 6 or above

 

Grade 6 or above

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education 

C, Credit (5-6) or above

 

C, Credit (5-6) or above

 

Partner institutions/University of Liverpool tests

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

University of Liverpool Pre-sessional English examination

40% or more on all pre-sessional sub-tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening). However overall entry requirements to study specific academic degrees might be much higher than 40% (see below).


IELTS direct entry requirements (as stated by individual departments) and the ELC’s equivalent overall pre-sessional scoring requirements are outlined below.

Academic programme score required IELTS entry requirement                           

CEFR score

Overall Pre-sessional

Overall 6.0, no score less (nsl) 5.5

B2-

40-49%

Overall 6.5, nsl 5.5          

B2

50-59%

Overall 6.5, nsl 6.0

B2

50-59%

Overall 6.5, nsl 6.5 (or specific skills at 6.5)       

B2+

60-69%

Overall 7.0

C1-

70-79%

Overall 7.5            

C1

80-89%

If a student does not score a minimum 40% on all the pre-sessional subtests (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and achieve the minimum overall score required for their specific course, they may not be able to progress on to their academic course.

Pre-Master's programmes from Liverpool International College (LIC) and other Kaplan International Colleges

65% overall with minimum of 55% in each component.

For exceptions please refer to the IELTS requirements in this table and convert IELTS score to a percentage (ie 6.5 = 65%).

(progression requirements are subject to change. Please consult your Kaplan offer letter for official entry requirements).

Most programmes in Management, Law, Sociology, School of Music, Architecture, School of Histories, Languages and Cultures require 65% or more overall with a minimum of 60% in each component.

For exceptions please refer to the IELTS requirements in this table and convert IELTS score to a percentage (ie 6.5 = 65%).

(progression requirements are subject to change. Please consult your Kaplan offer letter for official entry requirements).

English for Academic Purposes module from the NCUK Grad Dip/PMP programme

Grade B overall (minimum grade C in each component)

Grade B overall (minimum C grade in each component)

MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics require grade A overall with a minimum of grade B in each component

Students from Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University

Successful completion of the XJTLU/University of Liverpool degree programme at XJTLU taught in English medium satisfies the University’s English Language requirements

 

Successful completion of the XJTLU/University of Liverpool degree programme at XJTLU taught in English medium satisfies the University’s English Language requirements

Please note that some English Language examinations offered by our Partner Institutions are only valid for 2 years from graduation.

University of Liverpool Pre-Sessional English programmes

Where offers are conditional on improving English language scores, some students will be made an offer conditional on achieving the appropriate English language score for their programme or achieving a lower score and successfully completing one of the University’s pre-sessional English programmes.

For most programmes, IELTS tests are not necessary at the end of the pre-sessional but there will be an in-house test to ensure progression to the relevant competency in each component to cope on the academic programme.

For more information, please see our English Language Centre website.