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).
Duolingo – as of 14th July 2021 for September 2021 entry only, the following score is accepted, comparable to IELTS requirements: Min IELTS 5.5 equivalent component score: Duolingo 95 (with at least 95 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.
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 student route visa 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:
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.