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English Language Requirements

All courses at Brunel have an English language requirement. This is listed on your course page under 'entry criteria'. 

If you need an English test, we recommend booking one early as there can be a long wait in some areas. You can also take our Brunel English Language Test (BrunELT). 

FAQs

What level of English do I need?

In general, our courses ask for an English level of between IELTS 6.0 and 7.0 or equivalent. Some courses will have higher requirements (and will require you to also reach minimum sub-scores), so please check your course page for the exact levelIf you do not meet the required level of English, you can take one of our pre-sessional courses.

What English qualifications does Brunel accept?

English qualifications we currently accept for degree level study include those listed below. We accept a wide range of other qualifications, so if you are unsure please get in touch with us on languagecentre@brunel.ac.uk

What English qualifications do I need if I wish to study English at Brunel before my degree course?

If you need to study English before starting your degree, you should take the following test in order to apply for a Tier 4 visa:

You need to have a minimum of IELTS 4 in each subscore or a minimum of Trinity Level I. (Other qualifications are NOT acceptable to apply for a Tier 4 visa). Find out more about IELTS tests or contact us for further information.

I don't need to study English before I start my degree. Do I still need to provide proof of English language?

All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. If this is the case, a pass at high school level which is equivalent to GCSE Grade C or above is sometimes acceptable. Please see your country page for more information.

If you don't need to study English before your degree and don't have relevant high school qualifications, we can still accept a non-UKVI-approved IELTS from an official test centre with the required scores. However, should you not achieve the required scores for your degree course, you will not be able to use this IELTS to apply for a Tier 4 visa for a pre-sessional English course in the UK. In some circumstances, if you don't have a UKVI IELTS, you may be able to attend an English course with a Short Term Study visa. Contact us for more information.

 

English language qualifications we accept

(Click to expand and see specific requirements):

IELTS

Pre-sessional English only

Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only

Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry

 4.0 to 5.0

 5.5

 6.0

 6.5

7.0

(Minimum 4 in all subscores)

(Minimum 5.5 in all subscores)

(Minimum 6.0 in all subscores)

(Minimum 6.0 in all subscores)

(Minimum 6.0 in all subscores)

    English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

Trinity ISE

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
 Level I (1) Level II (2) Level III (3) Level III (3) Level IV (4)
    English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

BrunELT (Brunel English Language Test)

English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.
Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre 60% 65% 70%
  (Min 55%) (Min 60%) (Min 60%)
 

Pearson (PTE)

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre 51 58 64
  (Min 51 in all subscores) (Min 51 in all subscores) (Min 59 in all subscores)
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

Cambridge ESOL

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre  162 169 176
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

International GCSE

Pre-sessional English only  Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only  Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre Grade C Grade C Grade C
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

International Baccalaureate (Standard B)

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre  5  5  5
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

International Baccalaureate (Higher and Standard A)

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre  4  4  4
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

MELAB

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre 83% or above 90% or above 90% or above
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

Michigan English Test - Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre Pass Honours Honours
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.

TOEFL iBT

Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/LBIC Foundation only Pre-sessional English/LBIC/direct entry  
Please contact Brunel Language Centre 79 92 100
    (min 20 PG) (min 20 UG & PG)
  English language requirements for directy entry to Brunel are dependent on your chosen course. View your course page for more information.