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English language requirements

Before you begin your studies with us as an international student, you'll need an English language qualification that's recognised by the University.

Unless you are a national of a majority English speaking country, you'll need to submit an English language qualification. 

All qualifications submitted for English language must be achieved within two years of the course start date.

September 2018 Intake: 24th September 2018

Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for Pre-Sessional English Course

Applicants applying for a Pre-Sessional English Course, will require a Home Office approved 'Secure English Language Test (SELT).  There are two qualifying qualifications:

IELTS for UKVI Academic

  • For applicants outside of the UK. 

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English

  • For applicants already in the UK. 

Entry Requirements for Tier 4 visa students applying for a Pre-Sessional English Course

To join one of our Pre-Sessional English Courses, the following requirements apply. Please note that all IELTS qualifications must be a Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT):

If you require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree

  • 6/5 week programme: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent including a minimum of 5.0 in each component of the test
  • 12/11 week programme: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent including minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test
  • 16 week programme: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent including minimum of 4.0 in each component of the test

If you require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent in your undergraduate or postgraduate degree

  • 6/5 week programme: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent including a minimum of 5.0 in each component of the test
  • 12/11 week programme: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent including minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test
  • 16 week programme: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent including minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test

Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for Undergraduate Courses

IELTS Academic 6.0 overall

This must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

TOEFL iBT

A total of 72, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.

Please send your scores to the University through your TOEFL iBT account online account.

PTE Level B2

This must include a minimum of 51 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. 

Please send your scores to the University (Bath Spa University > All Departments > All Programs) through your Pearson online account.  The online results should then take 2 working days to come through to the University.

IELTS

Please note, IELTS tests are valid for two years only for immigration purposes.

Undergraduate entry:

  • IELTS 6.0. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • 6 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
  • 12 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 5.0 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test (UKBA Level B1).

Postgraduate entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 or 7.0. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • 6 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 6.0 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
  • 12 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test (UKBA Level B1).

Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students applying for Postgraduate Courses

IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0

This must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

TOEFL iBT

This must include a total of 75, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.

Please send your scores to the University through your TOEFL iBT account online account.

PTE Level C1

This must include a minimum of 67 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Please send your scores to the University (Bath Spa University > All Departments > All Programs) through your Pearson online account.  The online results should then take 2 working days to come through to the University.

Requirements for Business and Management, Art and Design, and Music and Performance courses

These are the equivalent of IELTS Academic 6.0 overall, and must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Alternative Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students

Alternatively, applicants who require a Tier 4 visa and are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course may submit the following listed below. 

Applicants holding alternative English qualifications are advised to contact International Admissions for advice the suitability of their qualifications by email at internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk .

A degree from a majority English speaking country

  • To qualify, you must hold a degree awarded by a recognised institution in a majority English speaking country, listed under 'Exceptions' on the Tier 4 visa page. 

West African Examinations Council

  • This requires a minimum of 5 subjects (one of which must include English) at C6 level.

iGCSE

  • This requires a minimum of 6 subjects, at A*-C including English, at A*-C. 

International Baccalaureate

  • This requires a score of 26 overall, and it must include English Language with a minimum of Higher 4. 

Foundation degrees and A-Levels

Cambridge CAE and CPE

  • Undergraduate - 169 overall with no less than 162 in each skill. 
  • Postgraduate - 176 overall with no less than 162 in each skill 

Please provide your Candidate ID Number and Candidate secret number to allow the results to be verified online.

Applicants who do not require a visa to study in the UK - eg. EU nationals

Any of the above qualifications can all be submitted as evidence of English language proficiency

What if I don't meet these requirements

Take a pre-sessional English language course with us

If you don’t meet the English language requirements, you can join our Pre-sessional English Language course before you begin your degree.

The course will not only teach you English language skills appropriate for progression to your academic degree - through individual support from your tutors and a variety of teaching methods, the course will also help you gain:

  • knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning styles and expectations of studying at a UK university;
  • increased knowledge of your academic subject;
  • academic and study skills;
  • research skills, critical thinking and analysis;
  • increased confidence for success.

Depending on your current level of English you will be able to join either the 12/11 weeks or 6/5 weeks Pre-sessional programme. Please check the entry requirements for the Pre-sessional English Language course.

Study English in your home country

If you need to improve your English language score or you just want to be more prepared before you start your studies, there are many opportunities to study English in your home country. The British Council provides English language teaching and preparation for the IELTS examination. Our Regional Offices can also help you find accredited IELTS examination centres in your country.

Request English Language support while you study

We appreciate that studying in a different language for the first time can be a big challenge, especially with the added pressure of needing to complete your degree. We have help and support available to assist you throughout your journey at Bath Spa University.

The English Language Unit

To ensure that you can meet those challenges, fully engage in university life and reach your full potential as learners, The English Language Unit (ELU) provides free English language and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) support for all international students whose first language is not English.

The Writing and Learning Centre

The University’s Writing and Learning Centre (WLC) is here to support you in your academic work at any stage of your academic career. WLC offers 1:1 individual sessions as well as workshops and courses on a variety of topics to help you improve your academic reading and writing, referencing, digital literacy, critical thinking, making the transition to university study and returning to study after a break.

If you have a qualification not listed here, please contact our International Admissions team at internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk and we will consider your qualifications on an individual basis. 

 

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