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). If you hold one of our accepted qualifications but have missed the entry requirements, then you may be suitable for our Pre-Sessional English courses.
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.
English Language Tests
We also recognise the following qualifications/tests:
- IGCSE English Language / First Language English / English as a Second Language
- Cambridge International O Level English Language
- Cambridge B2 First (FCE – First Certificate in English)
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE – Certificate in Advanced English)
- Trinity College: Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
- LanguageCert International ESOL SELT tests
- International English Language Competency Assessment (IELCA)
We are aware that from time to time there may be difficulties in undertaking in-person tests at recognised test centres, due to closures, reduced testing availability, location, etc. and where this is the case we may be able to accept one of the following alternative tests:
With all of the above tests, we reserve the right to undertake additional English language verification at the CAS issuance stage (for Tier 4 students). English tests must have been taken within the past two years to be accepted.
There may be exceptions if you have previously completed a recognised academic qualification taught and assessed in English.
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.
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).
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.
Please see table below for guidance on PSE courses for entry onto a foundation programme at ARU College starting in September 2023.
For 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.