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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 BLC-admissions@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 one of the following tests at an approved test centre in order to apply for a Student visa:

  • IELTS (Academic) for UKVI SELT (minimum of IELTS 4 for overall and sub-scores) 
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B1 level or above, Pass overall and  33 for each part)
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (Ievel 1 or above, both modules)
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI (43 for each part)

Find out more about exams you can take to obtain a Student visa:  IELTS (Academic) for UKVI, LanguageCert International ESOL SELTTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE), and Pearson PTE Academic.  For further details, contact us

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 for UKVI (UKVI approved for Student Visa)

Pre-sessional English only

Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (PBC)

Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (PBC) /Brunel degree programmes

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 5.5 in all subscores)

(Minimum 5.5 to 6.0 in all subscores, depending on course)

(Minimum 5.5 to 7.0 in all subscores, depending on course)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Trinity College London: Secure English Language Tests for UKVI - Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UKVI approved for Student Visa)

 

Pre-sessional English only

Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)

Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Trinity ISE

B1 Pass

B2 Pass / ISE II with pass in all parts

ISE III with pass in all parts

ISE III with pass in all parts

C1 Pass / ISE IV with pass in all parts

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

BrunELT (Brunel English Language Test)

 Pre-sessional English Only Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC) Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes 

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

7.5

BrunELT

40%+ (a minimum of 40% in all parts)

55% (a minimum  of 55% in all parts)

58% (a minimum of 55% in all parts)

63% (a minimum  of 55% or 58% in all parts, depending on course)

68% (a minimum of 58%, 63% or 68% in all parts, depending on course)

73% (a minimum of 58%, 63% or 68% in all parts, depending on course)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Pearson Academic (UKVI approved for Student Visa)

 Pre-sessional English only Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC) Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

PTE Academic UKVI

43+ (a minimum of 43 for each part)

59 (a minimum of 59 for each part)

59 (a minimum of 59 for each part)

59 (a minimum of 59 for each part)

64 (a minimum of 59 or 64 for each part, depending on course)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Cambridge

  Pre-sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)    Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Cambridge English: Business Certificates (BEC) suite of exams

140-159 (a minimum of 140 for each part) (previously BEC Preliminary pass/pass with merit)

160 (minimum of 160 for each part) or BEC Vantage (Grade C)

169 (minimum of 160 for each part) or BEC Vantage (Grade B)

180 (minimum of 160 or 169 for each part, depending on course) or BEC Higher (Grade C) or Vantage (Grade A)

185 (minimum of 169 or 180 for each part, depending on course) or BEC Higher (Grade B)

IGCSE EFL (English as a first language)

D

C/4

C/4

C/4

C/4

IGCSE ESL (English as a second language)

D

C/4

C/4

C/4

C/4

B2 First (formerly FCE)

140-159 (a minimum of 140 for each sub-score) (Pass/Pass for previous BEC Preliminary)

160 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score) (C old test)

169 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score, depending on course) (B old test)

180 (a minimum of 160 or 169 for each sub-score, depending on course) (A old test)

 

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)

 N/A

160 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score) (D old test)

169 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score, depending on course)

180 (a minimum of 160 or 169 for each sub-score, depending on course) (C old test)

185 (a minimum of 169 or 180 for each sub-score, depending on course)

C2 Proficiency (CPE)

 N/A

160 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score)

169 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score, depending on course)

180 (a minimum of 160 or 169 for each sub-score, depending on course)

185 (a minimum of 169 or 180 for each sub-score, depending on course)

International Legal English Certificate - ILEC/ International Certificate of Financial English - ICFE

N/A 

160 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score) (B2 Pass)

169 (a minimum of 160 for each sub-score, depending on course)(C1 Pass)

180 (a minimum of 160 or 169 for each sub-score, depending on course)(C1 Pass)

 185 (a minimum of 169 or 180 for each sub-score, depending on course) (C1 Pass with Merit)

International Education English O'level

 D

 C

C

C

C

Cambridge International Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in First Language English

 D

 C

C

C

C

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

GCSE

 Pre-sessional English only  Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes  

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

GCSE

D/3

C-A or 4-9

C-A or 4-9

C-A or 4-9 

C-A or 4-9 

GCSE, IGCSE & AQA Level 1/2 English Language

 D

 C

C-A

C-A

C-A

GCSE combined language and literature

 D

C

C

C

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

 Pre-sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC) Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes 

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

IB Higher and Standard A

2+ 

HL or SL 3

HL or SL 4

HL or SL 4

HL or SL 4

IB Higher B

2+

HL 3

HL 4

HL 4

HL 4

IB Standard B

2+

SL 4

SL 5

SL 5

SL 5

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Michigan Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

ECPE

 N/A

Low Pass (a minimum of 650 for each part)

Pass (minimum of 650 for each part)

Pass (minimum of 650 or 750 for each part, depending on course)

Honors (minimum of 750 or 840, depending on course)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

TOEFL

 Pre-Sessional English only Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC) Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

 4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

iBT

45+ (min R4, L9, S16, W13)

71 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17 - depending on course)

90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17, or min 20 in all subscores -  depending on course)

98 (min 20, 23, or 25 in all subscores - depending on course)

ITP (for China and interviews is checked by Brunel)

 460 (min L47, R48, W32)

543 (min L54, R56, W53)

580 (min L54, R56, W53) 

610 (min L54, R56, W53, S55, or L59, R59, W60, S60 - depending on course)

627 (L59, R59, W60, S60, or min L63, R64, W64, S65 - depending on course)

PBT

 437 (a minimum sub-score of 437)

527 (a minimum sub-score of 527)

550 (a minimum sub-score of 527)

570 (a minimum sub-score of 527 or 550, depending on the course)

600 (a minimum sub-score of 550 or 570, depending on the course)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

Duolingo

 Pre-Sessional English only Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC) Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Duolingo (for duration of 2020/21 and 2021/22 admissions cycles)

60 (a minimum of 60 in all parts)

90 (a minimum of 90 in all parts)

100 (a minimum of 90 in all parts)

110 (a minimum of 90 in all parts, or a minimum of 100 in all parts - depending on course)

120 (a minimum of 100 in all parts, or a minimum of 110 in all parts -  depending on course)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

LanguageCert SELT (UKVI approved for Student Visa)

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

 7.0

LanguageCert

B1 Achiever - Pass (min 33/50 for each part)

B2 Communicator Pass (min 33/50 for each part)

B2 Communicator Pass (min 33/50 for each part)

B2 Communicator High Pass (min 39/50 for each part)

 C1 Expert Pass (min 33/50 for each part)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

City & Guilds ESOL, IESOL adn SESOL

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)  Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

ESOL, IESOL and SESOL

 Achiever B1 (pass)

Communicator B2 (pass) 

Communicator B2 (first class pass)

Expert C1 (pass)

Expert C1 (first class pass)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

European Baccalaureate Year 7 (Except English Language 4)

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

European Baccalaureate 7

 N/A

English Language I and II grade 5.5; English Language III grade 6

English Language I and II grade 6; English Language III grade 7

English Language I and II grade 6; English Language III grade 7 

English Language I and II grade 7; English Language III grade 7.5

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

French Baccalaureate

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

French Baccalaureate

 N/A

 10

10

12

13

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

GCE (O'level)

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

GCE

 D

 C/4

C

C

C

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

NATO Stanag

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS 

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

NATO Stanag

 3333

4444

4444

4444

4444

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.

PSI Services: Skills for English UKVI

 Pre-Sessional English onlyPre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)Pre-sessional English/Brunel Pathway College (BPC)/Brunel degree programmes

IELTS

4.0+

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

Skills for English

B1 (Lower Intermediate)  Code: 4SB1

or

B1 Pass with Merit Code: 4SB1+

(pass for each part)

B2 Upper Intermediate Code: 4SB2 (pass for each part)

B2 Upper Intermediate Code: 4SB2 (pass for each part)

B2 + Upper Intermediate Code: 4SB2+ (B2 Pass with Merit) (pass for each part)

C1 (Expert) Code: 4SBC1 (pass for each part)

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

Please contact BLC-admissions@brunel.ac.uk for more information.