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    English Language Requirements

    When you apply to study here, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language. This helps us to make sure you will cope with your course. We will let you know more about this during the application process.

    English language requirements for students who require visa sponsorship

    If you need a visa for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you must show evidence that your English Language skills are at B2 level on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

    This can be demonstrated by obtaining any of the following qualifications for direct entry on to undergraduate, postgraduate or research qualifications:

    Qualification

    Minimum Score

    Comments

    IELTS Academic *

    6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in any component)

    General IELTS is not accepted

    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) *

    64 (minimum 59 in any component)

    General PTE is not accepted/ PTE Academic Online is not accepted

    LanguageCert Academic*

    65 overall with no less than 60 in any component score. 

    SELT version only. 

    NCUK Password test *

    Password 6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in any component)

     

    PSI Skills for English B2 *

    Pass in all four components

    SELT version only

    Cambridge Advanced/
    Proficiency

    169 (minimum 162 in subtests)

    Other Cambridge suite exams (KET/PET/FCE) are not accepted

    TOEFL iBT *

    80 (minimum 18 reading, 17 Listening,
    20 speaking,
    17 writing)

    iBT is the only form of TOEFL examination accepted. MyBest scores not accepted

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English Language and Literature Syllabus A

    Grade 5 or above

     

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English Language Syllabus B

    Grade 5 or above

     

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level English Language and Literature combined

    Grade 5 or above

     

    iGCSE English (First Language) 

    C/4

     

    iGCSE English (Second Language)

    B/6

     

    Botswana BGCSE

    C

     

    Kenya KCSE

    B

     

    Malaysian SPM 1119 (UCLES)

    C/6C

     

    South Africa National Senior Certificate – English Home Language

    Grade 5

     

    West African Senior Schools Certificate (WAEC only)

    C6 or above in English Language

    WAEC certificates must be in digital format where available

    Malawi School Certificate of Education

    6 or above in English Language

     

    Indian Standard XII

    70%
    80%

    CISCE and CBSE National Boards
    Selected State Boards

    Zambian General Certificate of Education

    C/6 or above in English Language

     

    Each of the tests marked with an * in the table above must have been undertaken within the two years prior to the start date of study. If any of the other qualifications listed above were obtained more than two years prior to the start date of study then the applicant will be required to provide additional supporting evidence – in the form of an employment/academic reference or other evidence of academic ability in the medium of English, supporting the applicant’s continued language development.

    Visa applicants' English language skills will be further assessed by face-to-face interview as part of the application process for your course. Other evidence of English language proficiency may be considered in support of your application. Email Stephen Giles, English Language Support Manager, to discuss.

    In addition to English language, all applicants will need to meet course-specific entry requirements relating to subjects, grades and/or work experience.

    Further information

    To find out more about the minimum English language requirements required to apply for a student visa, take a look at the Knowledge of English page on the UK Government website.

    English language requirements for visa applicants from majority English-speaking countries

    If you're from a country that's been listed on the Knowledge of English page on the UK Government website, or if you have studied at degree level or above in a majority English-speaking country (as defined on the same page) you may not need to prove your English language abilities to apply for your visa. You may still need to prove your English language abilities to us when you apply for your course. We will let you know during the application process if we need you to do this.

    Additional English language requirements for joint UK-China programme students

    If you are studying one of our joint UK-China courses, you'll need to pass the English language modules of your course as part of your English language requirements.

    Advice and support

    Whether you need some advice on our English language requirements, or want to know about the support we offer when you study at Harper Adams, simply get in touch and we'll do our best to help.

      

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