Undergraduate English Language entry requirements

  • International English Language Tests (UKVI Secure English Language Tests - SELTs)

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering
    (with exceptions)

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences (excluding medicine, dentistry and veterinary science unless specified)

    and

    Geography (L700, F750, F800), Planning (L7K4, K400, K430, K4L7) and Carmel College

    IELTS

    6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component

    Geography BA/BSc require 6.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component

     

    6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component

    Clinical programmes in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science - 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component

    Health Sciences programmes (Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Radiotherapy and Orthoptics) have an IELTS requirement of 7.0 with minimum of 6.5 in each component.

    Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English

    Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE)II with a pass overall and a merit in each component or higher

     

    Humanities and Social Sciences - Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE)II with a pass overall and a merit in each component or higher

    Health and Life Sciences - Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE)III with a at least a pass in all components and a pass overall.

    ** For tests taken before 1st July 2013: Summary slip and certificate.

    For tests taken on or after 1st July 2013: Certificate which must show the candidate's name, qualification, date of award and the candidate Trinity ID.

  • International English Language Tests (Non UKVI Secure English Language Tests - SELTs)

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering
    (with exceptions)

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
    (excluding medicine, dentistry and veterinary science unless specified)

    and

    Geography (L700, F750, F800),
    Planning (L7K4, K400, K430, K4L7) and Carmel College

    IELTS (non-SELT)

    6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component

    Geography BA/BSc require 6.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component

     

    6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component

    Clinical programmes in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science - 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component

    TOEFL IBT***

    If IELTS requirement 6.0 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 78 overall with 19-Listening, Writing, Reading, 21-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 20-Listening, Writing, Reading, 22-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 6.0 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 21-Listening, Writing, 22-Reading, 23-Speaking.

     

    If IELTS requirement 6.0 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 78 overall with 19-Listening, Writing, Reading, 21-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 5.5 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 20-Listening, Writing, Reading, 22-Speaking.

    If IELTS requirement 6.5 with 6.0 in all bands then TOEFL requirement is min 88 overall with 21-Listening, Writing, 22-Reading, 23-Speaking.


    Clinical programmes in medicine and dentistry 100 with minimum 24 in speaking and 22 in writing, reading and listening

    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 

    55 with minimum score of 51 in any component

     

     
    62 with minimum scores of 51 in each component

    C1 Advanced (CAE)

    IELTS 7.5 (with no band less than 7.0)

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 191 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing and 6.0 in Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Speaking and Writing, 169 in Listening and Reading.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 176 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, and 6.0 in Speaking, Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Writing, 169 in Speaking, Listening and Reading

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

    IELTS 7.5 (with no band less than 7.0)

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 191 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing and 6.0 in Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Speaking and Writing, 169 in Listening and Reading.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 176 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, and 6.0 in Speaking, Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Writing, 169 in Speaking, Listening and Reading

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    176 with a minimum 162 in each component

    C2 Proficiency (CPE) 

    IELTS 7.5 (with no band less than 7.0)

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 191 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing and 6.0 in Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Speaking and Writing, 169 in Listening and Reading.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 176 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, and 6.0 in Speaking, Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Writing, 169 in Speaking, Listening and Reading.

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

    C2 Proficiency (CPE) 

    IELTS 7.5 (with no band less than 7.0)

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 191 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0

    Cambridge English scale overall:  Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 185 in any paper.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 5.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Speaking and Writing and 6.0 in Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Speaking and Writing, 169 in Listening and Reading.

    IELTS 7.0 (with no band less than 6.5)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 185 with no less than 176 in any paper.

    IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, and 6.0 in Speaking, Listening and Reading)

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 176 in Writing, 169 in Speaking, Listening and Reading.

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    176 with a minimum 162 in each component

    Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language 

    (Syllabus 0500 and 0522): Minimum - Reading grade E; Writing grade E; Speaking grade D (0522) or 2 (0500); Listening grade D (0522) or 2 (0500), with an overall grade of C

     

    (Syllabus 0500 and 0522) Minimum - Reading grade E; Writing grade E; Speaking grade D (0522) or 2 (0500); Listening grade D (0522) or 2 (0500) with an overall grade of C

    Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language 

    (Syllabus 0510 and 0511): Minimum - Reading grade D; Writing grade D; Oral (Speaking) grade C (0511) or 2 (0510); Listening grade A, with an overall grade of C

     

    (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Minimum - Reading grade D; Writing grade D; Oral (Speaking) grade C (0511) or 2 (0510); Listening grade A, with an overall grade of B

    HKDSE

    IELTS 7.0 - HKDSE Level 5 (no score less than 5)
    IELTS 6.5 or below - HKDSE Level 4 (no score less than 4)

     

    IELTS 7.0 - HKDSE Level 5 (no score less than 5)
    IELTS 6.5 or below - HKDSE Level 4 (no score less than 4)

    Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)

    7.5 overall with 7.0 in each band equivalent to Cambridge English scale overall:191 with no less than 185 in any band. 

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

     

    7.5 overall with 7.0 in each band equivalent to Cambridge English scale overall:191 with no less than 185 in any band.  

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

    Cambridge Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced) / Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)

    7.5 overall with 7.0 in each band equivalent to Cambridge English scale overall:191 with no less than 185 in any band. 

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

     

     

    7.5 overall with 7.0 in each band equivalent to Cambridge English scale overall:191 with no less than 185 in any band. 

    6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 169 in any paper.

    6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 176 with no less than 162 in any paper.

    6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band as equivalent to

    Cambridge English scale overall: 169 with no less than 162 in any paper.

     

    *** Please be advised that TOEFL is no longer classified by UK Visas and Immigration as a Secure English Language Test (SELT). However, at the current time the university is continuing to accept TOEFL, at the required level, for entry on to Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic programmes.

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

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering
    (with exceptions)

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
    (excluding medicine, dentistry and veterinary science unless specified)

    and

    Geography (L700, F750, F800),
    Planning (L7K4, K400, K430, K4L7) and Carmel College

    Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate

    Credit (3-6) or above

     

    Credit (3-6) or above

    Brunei Cambridge O Level

    Grade C or above

     

    Grade C or above

    Cameroon GCE O Level (British system) 

    Grade C above

     

    Grade C above

    Caribbean Examination Council General Proficiency 

    Grade I, II & III

     

    Grade I, II & III

    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, West Bengal, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu boards, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Goa, Delhi, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Gujarat)

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

     

     

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

    Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) 

    C

     

    C

    Malawi School Certificate of Education 

    Credit (3-6) or above

     

    Credit (3-6) or above

    Malaysian SPM 1119

    C

     

    C

    Norway - Vitnemal - Videregaende Opplaering (VVO) English

    GPA 3.0+

     

    GPA 3.0+

    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) 

    Credit (3-6) or above

     

    Credit (3-6) 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

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

     

    C which is equal to new grades 4/5

    UK International Baccalaureate 

    Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Lever Grade 4 in English A (Group 1)

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

    English Ab Initio Standard Level is not acceptable; students offereing this would be required to take a Secure English Lanuage Test

     

    Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Lever Grade 4 in English A (Group 1)

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

    English Ab Initio Standard Level is not acceptable; students offereing this would be required to take a Secure English Lanuage Test

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

    Credit (4-6) or above

     

    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

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    Faculty of Science and Engineering
    (with exceptions)

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
    (excluding medicine, dentistry and veterinary science unless specified)

    and

    Geography (L700, F750, F800),
    Planning (L7K4, K400, K430, K4L7) and Carmel College

    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.

    Foundation Certificate from Liverpool International College (LIC) and other Kaplan International Colleges

    60% overall with minimum of 55% in each component

    Geography BA/BSc require 65% overall with a minimum of 55% in each component.

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

     

    65% overall with minimum 55% in each component

    Health and Life Sciences 70% overall with a minimum of 65% in each component.

    Medicine and Dentistry – IELTS required (see above)

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

    HELP University College, Malaysia

    SPM 1119 English Grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 no component less than 5.5

     

    SPM 1119 English Grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 no component less than 5.5

    INTI University College, Malaysia

    SPM 1119 English Grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 no component less than 5.5

     

    SPM 1119 English Grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 no component less than 5.5

    Brickfields Asia College, Malaysia

    SPM 1119 English Grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 no component less than 5.5

     

    SPM 1119 English Grade C or above or IELTS 6.5 no component less than 5.5

    English for Academic Purposes module from the NCUK IFY/FC or IntDip 

    C grade overall (min D in each component equates to B2)

     


    B grade overall (min D grade in each component equates to B2)

    Biological Sciences C grade overall (min D grade in each component equates to B2)

    Students from Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University 

    Successful completion of the first two years of the degree programme at XJTLU taught in English medium satisfies the University’s English language requirements

     


    Successful completion of the first two years of the degree programme at XJTLU taught in English medium satisfies the University’s English language requirements

    Students from the medicine programme at the International Medical University (IMU) Malaysia entering year 3 of MBChB programmes at the University of Liverpool 

    N/A

     

     


    A minimum standard in English of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each element) or TOEFL 100 (with a minimum score of 22 in each component, and at least 24 in speaking) is required to progress

    Please note that some English Language examinations offered by our Partner Institutions are only valid for 2 years from graduation. The University can only consider the latest English Language qualification for entry to our academic programmes.