Undergraduate English Language entry requirements

International English Language Tests - SELTs and non-SELTS
FacultyHumanities and Social SciencesExceptions: MArch (Master of Architecture)Health and Life SciencesExceptions: Clinical programmes - Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary ScienceHealth Sciences - Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Radiotherapy, OrthopticsScience and EngineeringExceptions: Geography, Planning and Carmel College BA, BSc, Mplan
IELTS Academic requirement (SELT and non-SELT) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component 7.0 with minimum 7.0 in each component 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component
TOEFL iBT requirement (TOEFL Special Home Edition is accepted for 2020/21 entry) Minimum 88 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19

Minimum 88 overall with L 19 W 19 R 19 and S 20

 

Minimum 88 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19 Minimum 100 overall with L 24 W 24 R 24 and S 26 Minimum 100 overall with L 21 W 21 R 21 and S 23 Minimum 78 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19 Minimum 88 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19
C1 Advanced CAE requirement Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with no less than 169 in any paper  Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 185 with no less than 185 in any paper Overall 185 with no less than 176 in any paper Overall 169 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper
PTE Academic requirement 61 with minimum scores of 46 in each component  61 with minimum scores of 54 in each component   61 with minimum scores of 46 in each component  69 with minimum scores of 69 in each component  61 with minimum scores of 69 in each component  54 with minimum scores of 46 in each component  61 with minimum scores of 46 in each component 
Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE II) Overall pass with merit in each component 

ISE II with an overall pass with merit in components

 

 
Overall pass with merit in each component Not accepted Not accepted Overall pass with merit in each component  Overall pass with merit in each component 
Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language (Syllabus 0500) Overall grade C or above, with minimum of grade 2 in Speaking and Listening.  Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Cambridge IGCSE English as First Language (Syllabus 0900) Overall grade 4 or above, with Merit in Speaking and Listening
Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511)

For 0510 = Overall B or above and a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

For 0511 = Overall B or above  

For 0510 = Overall C or above and a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

For 0511 = Overall C or above  

For 0510 = Overall B or above and a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

For 0511 = Overall B or above  
Cambridge IGCSE English as Second Language (Syllabus 0993 and 0991)

For 0993 = Overall grade 6 or above and a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

For 0991 = Overall grade 6 or above  

For 0993 = Overall grade 5 or above and a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

For 0991 = Overall grade 4 or above  

For 0993 = Overall grade 6 or above and a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

For 0991 = Overall grade 6 or above  
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency) Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with 169 in components  Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Not accepted Not accepted Overall 169 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced) Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with 169 in components  Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Not accepted Not accepted Overall 169 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced) Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with 169 in components  Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper Not accepted Not accepted Overall 169 with no less than 162 in any paper Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper
LanguageCert Overall B2 Communicator Pass with Component Pass or 33/50 in each N/A  Overall B2 Communicator Pass with Component Pass or 33/50 in each Overall C1 expert pass with Component pass or 39/50 in each Overall C1 Expert Pass with Component Pass or 33/50 in each Overall B2 Communicator Pass with Component Pass or 33/50 in each Overall B2 Communicator Pass with Component Pass or 33/50 in each
Country-specific English language tests (for students educated in English medium)

 

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 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 

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

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.