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English language requirements

The language of instruction at ARU College is English. To attain entry into the undergraduate or postgraduate pathway, you must be able to demonstrate you have a suitable level of English proficiency. The English requirement for all ARU College courses is: IELTS overall score of 5.5 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four components)

We have provided a calculator to help establish the entry level for a student based on their current English Certificate.

It asks for the title and date of the test and uses that information to show the available entry levels for UK study.

Qualification Grade Validity
GCSE/IGCSE C No expiry
IELTS 5.5 in all bands 2 years
Pearson PTE Academic 51 in all bands 2 years
International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard or Higher Level Grade 5 or above No expiry
TOEFL IBT 72 (Reading 18, Writing 17, Listening 17, Speaking 20) 2 years
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 72 (Reading 18, Writing 17, Listening 17, Speaking 20) 2 years
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Exams Listening 33/50, Reading 33/50, Writing 33/50, Speaking 33/50 2 years
LanguageCert Online International ESOL Exams Score per skill 25-32 2 years
Duolingo 90-115 2 years
Anglia Ruskin University: English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) 55% all bands 2 years
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET – Preliminary English test) 162-169 (Distinction) 2 years
Cambridge English: First (FCE – First certificate in English) 162-168 (Grade C) 2 years
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE – Certificate in Advanced English) 160-169 (Level B2) 2 years
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English) 180-199 (Level C1) 2 years
Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC – Business English Certificate – Vantage) 162-168 (Grade C) 2 years
Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC – Business English Certificate – Higher) 160-169 (Level B2) 2 years
Examination For the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE) by CaMLA 650 (Low Pass) all bands 2 years
Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English) (ECPE) by CaMLA 650 (Low Pass) all bands 2 years
Trinity College: Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (SELT) ISEII overall (Pass in all bands) 2 years

English Language Proficiency Test

ARU’s English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) provides an excellent opportunity to provide evidence of your English level to apply to study at ARU College and ARU.The ELPT has been developed to evaluate your level of English for undergraduate or postgraduate study. It is accepted by the University as an alternative to IELTS as proof of your English level and meets the visa requirements for the UK Visa Immigration (UKVI).

If you do not currently meet our English language requirements, there are number of ways that you can improve your English language skills before starting your degree.

Pre-sessional English Course

The pre-sessional course focuses on English Language, including grammar and vocabulary, fluency, and pronunciation and academic skills, including presentation skills, reading and listening, writing and exam preparation. All classes will be taught in the context of academic study in a university environment.

The number of weeks you require is dependent on your current English results.

Students need to have IELTS for UKVI, or another Secure English Language Test (SELT) in order to study a pre-sessional course.

Important update June 2020:

Where you are required to take a SELT overseas but a test centre is currently unavailable, we are temporarily able to accept non SELT qualifications for entry to the pre-sessional.

The concession is only available until such date as SELT test centres reopen in the country from which you will be applying. If the test centre in the country from which you will be applying has reopened before the date on which the CAS is being assigned, you must take and pass the SELT, if required to do so under the normal Tier 4 policy and the Immigration Rules.

If a SELT reopens after a CAS has been assigned under this concession, but before the CAS has been used in an application, you must take a SELT test and the CAS be updated accordingly, unless the test centre opened less than 7 calendar days before the application was submitted.

 

Please see table below for guidance:

Course Length Minimum IELTS Band Score Fee
20 weeks 4.0 (all bands) £6,500
15 weeks 4.5 (min 4.5 W, 4.0 LRS) £4,875
12 weeks 4.5 (min 4.5 in all) £3,900
10 weeks 5.0 (min 5.0 W, 4.5 LRS) £3,250
5 weeks 5.5 (min 5.0 all) £1,625
For exact start dates and fees for please see our important dates page.

For a detailed information about pre-sessional English course, please visit pre-sessional course page.

English for University Studies Course

The EUS Course is for students who would like to improve their general and academic English. We would usually recommend a minimum of 10 weeks to improve your IELTS by 1.0. Please note this is just a minimum guide only and you may need to do a Pre-sessional after this programme if you intend to apply for an academic course at Anglia Ruskin.

Course Length Minimum IELTS band score Fee
36 weeks 3.5 (no less than 3.5 in W) £10,800
30 weeks 4.0 (no less than 3.5 in W) £9,150
26 weeks 4.0 (no less than 3.5 in any band) £8,060
22 weeks 4.0 (no less than 4.0 in W) £6,820
Fees for ARU College courses starting in January 2020. Fees for CRIC courses starting in January 2020 Fees for CRIC courses starting in January 2020
For exact start dates and fees for please see our important dates page.

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Accepted English Qualifications

Country Qualification IELTS equivalent (IELTS 5.5)
Aland Islands Ylioppilastutkintotodistus 5 (magna cum laude approbatur)
Austria Matura / Reifeprufung 2 'gut' when both written and oral exams have been taken
Belgium Diploma van Secundair or the Certificat D'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur 8 / 80% or 'Grote avec grande distinction'
Botswana Cambridge overseas School Certificate C
Bulgaria Secondary School Diploma 5
Cameroon O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Croatia TESA The required level for equivalent to IELTS 5.5 is 52
Cyprus EU Apolyterion Apolyterion 15/20
Czech Republic Maturita Maturita grade 2
Denmark Stundentereksamen 10 in English
Estonia Gumnaasiumi Loputunnistus 60 points/Grade 4 in English
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus 6/E (magna cum laude approbatur)
France Baccalaureat General 13 in English
Baccalauréat l’Option Internationale – English 11+
Gambia WAEC Senior Secondary Schl. Leaving Cert. A - C
Germany Abitur or 2/6 in English Language as a Leistungkurs 10+
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Certificate of Language Proficiency English test. B in all sections
Ghana WAEC/WASSCE (No shelf life applied) The 7 year shelf life for WAEC/WASSCE for Ghanaian applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade C i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a C in WAEC/WASSCE English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the WAEC/WASSCE.
O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Greenland Stundentereksamen 10 in English
Hong Kong A-Level Use of English C
HKCEE Syllabus B. (Discontinued Sep 06) Taken pre-2007 - D
Taken post-2007 – 3
HKCEE Syllabus A. B
HK Secondary Diploma in English Language 3
Hungary Advanced Level Matura Erettségi 4
Iceland Studentsprof matriculation exam 8 in English
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate in English C
Kenya KCSE English C
KCSE English (No shelf life applied) The 7 year shelf life for KCSE for Kenyan applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade C i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a C in KCSE English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the KCSE.
O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Latvia Atestats par visparejo videjo izgliti Grade 8 in English
Lesotho Cambridge Overseas School Certificate C
Junior Certificate 1 - 6
Liberia WAEC 1 - 6 or A - C
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas Grade 9 in English (76)
Luxembourg Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires 45 in English
Malawi EACE English or MSCE C or grade 6
Malaysia O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
UCLES English SPM 1119 Syllabus 6C
Mali Cert. Education English Lang. Communic. 6
Malta Maltese Matriculation Certificate in English C
Mauritius O level English may be required If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Namibia Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate 2
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk (VWO) Dip 7
Nigeria National Exams Council (NECO) Senior Schools Certificate C6
NABTEB (National Business and Technical Examinations Board) C6
WAEC (for English Language level) C6
WAEC (for general academic entry) As per the following the 7 year shelf life for WAEC for Nigerian applicants no longer applies in the following instances: Scenario1: Applicants who have completed WAEC and a 2year OND Scenario2: Applicants who have completed WAEC and a 2year OND followed by a 2-year HND Scenario3: Applicants who have completed WAEC and a University Degree Scenario4: Applicants who have completed WAEC followed by OND, HND and a 2-year PG Diploma i.e. as long as an applicant achieved 1-6 in WAEC English and has any of the further education combinations outlined above do not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook to WAEC.
National Technical Certificate (NTC) C6
O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Norway Vitnemål 4
Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzałości / Matura 60% in the written extended65% in written basic65% in oral exam
Portugal English Grade from Portuguese High School (Ensino Secundário) Grade 12
Romania Bacalaureat CEFR B2 or above in at least 3 elements, with no less than B1 in any element
Sierra Leone Senior School Certificate 6
Singapore O level English C
Slovakia Maturita 2 or above in B2 English Language
South Africa O or A level English may be required The 7 year shelf life for O or A level for South African applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade C i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a C in O or A level English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the O or A level. If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5
National Senior Certificate C/5
Sweden Slutbetyg fran Komvux/Avgangsbetyg VG (val godkant)
Switzerland Maturita 5 (gut/bien/bene)
Tanzania Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE) English. C
COSC, Secondary Leaving Certificate and Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) / National Form IV Examination C
East Africa Certificate of Education EACE English (No shelf life applied) C
O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Thailand Normal IELTS or equivalents required except for: Institute of International Studies Ramkamhaeng University IIS-RU / Bangkok University International College (BUIC) / Thammasat University (Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) / Assumption University International College / Rangsit University International College / Khon Kaen University International College (KKUIC) / Mahidol University International College (MUIC) / Srinakharinwirot University International College for Sustainable Studies (SUIC). These are 'A' listed universities from which if the applicant has a first degree, and has graduated within 5 years of making an application to study at Anglia Ruskin, s/he is exempted from providing evidence of English Language ability.
Uganda UCE English C or 1-6
UCE English (No shelf life applied) The 7 year shelf life for UCE for Ugandan applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade C i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a C in UCE English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the UCE.
O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5
Zambia EACE English The 7 year shelf life for EACE for Zambian applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade C i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a C in EACE English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the EACE.
Zambia School Certificate in English (ZSC) The 7 year shelf life for ZSC for Zambian applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade 6 i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a 6 in ZSC English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the ZSC.
O level English If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5 +
Zimbabwe Zim Sec O level English or GCSE English The 7 year shelf life for O level or GCSE for Zimbabwean applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade C i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a C in O level or GCSE English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the O level or GCSE. If the applicant has O-level or equivalent English and has been taught in English in their First Degree, they will be considered to be at the level of IELTS 6.5
Certificate Secondary Education in English The 7 year shelf life for CSE for Zimbabwean applicants no longer applies when the applicant has a grade 6 i.e. as long as an applicant achieved a 6 in CSE English and has completed a minimum of 1 academic year of education equivalent to UK HE level at an institution equivalent to HE Education then we will not include an English language condition in their offer letter regardless of when they undertook the CSE.
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