Profile B

Different courses/programmes need different levels of language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The tests and levels you need to achieve Profile B are:

Accepted Secure English Language Tests (SELT)

Qualification Undergraduate (Score Required) Postgraduate (Score Required)
IELTS from authorised test centres only, otherwise will be treated as an exemption (see below) 7.0 overall, minimum 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in other bands 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level IV Pass in all elements Pass in all elements

Other qualifications we accept

Qualification Undergraduate (Score Required) Postgraduate (Score Required)
IELTS from non-authorised test centres 7.0 overall, minimum 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in other bands 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands
GCE A-level English B B
GCE AS-level English A A
TOEFL Internet based iB 100 minimum 24 any part, 27 in writing 100 minimum 24 any part
Pearson's PTE (Academic) 68 overall, minimum 60 in any band and 70 in writing 68 overall, minimum 60 in any band
Cambridge CPE: Certificate of Proficiency in English (taken before January 2015) C, no less than borderline in writing C
Cambridge CAE: Certificate in Advanced English (taken before January 2015) B, no less than good in writing and borderline in other elements B, no less than borderline in any element
Cambridge CAE and CPE (taken after January 2015) 185 overall, no less than 185 in writing and 176 in other elements 185 overall, no less than 176 in all elements
Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) Grade 2 Grade 2
IESOL/ISESOL (City and Guilds) ‘Mastery’ level plus pre-sessional (only if taken before 5 April 2015) ‘Mastery’ level plus pre-sessional (only if taken before 5 April 2015)
Full bachelors degree from an English-speaking country No specific English element No specific English element
Masters degree from an English-speaking country plus supporting SELT (can be expired) SELT IELTS 6.5 or equivalent SELT IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in every band if taken before the Masters. If taken during or after, must comply with the main requirement above.

Undergraduate only

Major qualifications

Qualification Grade required
GCSE A
IGCSE English 1st language B
IGCSE English 2nd language A
GCE O-Level English A
Cambridge GCE English 1119 A
European Bac L1, L2 or L2A L1 any grade, L2 or L2A 8.0
IB English A1 or A2 Grade 5 at either level
IB English B Grade 5 at higher or 6 at standard level
IB English Middle Years Programme (MYP) Grade 6
USA SAT I Writing 630
USA ACT 26 (writing 7)
USA Advanced Placement English 4

Europe

Country Grade required
Austria Matura/Reifeprufung 2 (gut) in both written and oral
Belgium Secondary Diploma 80%
Denmark Studentereksamen Grade 10
Finland Lukion paastotodistus Grade 8 in English A
France OIB (Option Int’l de Bacc) British option 14 or Bien
French Baccalaureate General 14 ‘bien’
Germany Abitur with English as Leistungskurs 13
Iceland Studentsprof 8 in English
Luxembourg Examen de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires 45 (bien) in English
Netherlands VWO 8
Norway Vitnemal Grade 5
Sweden Slutbetyg VG
Switzerland – ‘maturity’ certificates on a scale of 6 5 bien
Switzerland – ‘maturity’ certificates on a scale of 10 8 bien

Americas

Country Grade required
Canada ENG4C (Year 12, college preparation) 70%
Canada ENG4U (Year 12, uni preparation) 60%
Caribbean CXC CSEC Grade 2

Africa

Country Grade required
East Africa EACE Grade 4
West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) A1
South African National Senior Certificate/Matriculation Certificate Standard grade A (80%) or Higher grade B (75%)
West Africa WAEC Grade 2

Asia and Australasia

Country Grade required
Hong Kong HKCEE B
Hong Kong HKDSE 5
India CBSE/CISCE Yr 12 80% in English
Malaysia SPM B+
New Zealand NCEA Level 2, 8 credit points with ‘merit’
Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 Grade A

Students likely to be exempt from English language testing

Country-specific exemptions

Students who have one of these qualifications are not normally asked to produce additional evidence of English language.

Country Requirements
Australia Non Australian nationals taking ESL courses will require IELTS or TOEFL
Bermuda Bermuda School Certificate
Canada Exempt if education has been through the medium of English. If in French, completing Grade 11 is generally acceptable but non Canadian nationals taking ESL courses will require IELTS or TOEFL
Cayman Islands Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Malaysia 1119 Cambridge English Language syllabus (UCLES)
Malawi Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)
Malta Secondary Education Certificate
Pacific Islands Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate
Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate
Sierra Leone Senior School Certificate/West African School Certificate (WASC) Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC)
Singapore IP language Arts
Tonga New Zealand University Entrance Certificate/ Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate/ Tonga National Form 7
Trinidad and Tobago* Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate
Uganda East African Certificate of Education/ Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) / Cambridge Overseas School Certificate
United States of America High School Graduation Diploma, studied to grade 12 level. Non nationals taking ESL courses will require IELTS or TOEFL
Zambia Zambia School Certificate