English Language Requirements

If you do not already hold a College approved qualification which demonstrates the required level of English for entry, you will be required to obtain one from another educational provider or your offer from us will be conditional on the successful completion of a pre-sessional English Language course.

As outlined in the previous section, our Applicant Advisors will be able to confirm with you at your initial consultation whether or not this will apply to your application

If you are advised that you need to take a pre-sessional English course, you will first need to take an English Assessment. This supervised assessment will take around 90 minutes to complete and will test your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

These initial English assessments allow us to assess what additional support (if any) you may need in order to meet the English language requirements for your chosen course.

Based on the outcome of this initial assessment you will be advised which pre-sessional English course you need to attend and what timetables are available at your chosen campus.

Remember, English Language requirements vary slightly depending on the course you wish to study:

  • HND IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent
  • FOUNDATION IELTS 5.0 (with no less than 4.5 in any area) or equivalent
  • DEGREE / TOP-UP IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any area) or equivalent

Free Pre-sessional English Support

As mentioned above, where applicants need a little support to improve their English Language skills, the College offers free pre-sessional English courses.

These courses aim to bring your level of English up to the required standard, enabling you to join the course you have applied for after attending English classes and passing a formal English test.

If you are offered a pre-sessional course, you will be required to attend classes and fully complete the course before being accepted on to your chosen HND, foundation or degree course.

Preparing for your English Language Assessment

  • Read the guidance notes on English Language Requirements at the end of this document
  • Consider taking a short functional skills course to gain an approved English qualification
  • Practice your English with friends, family or colleagues before taking the English assessment
  • Make sure you are well rested, not hungry, thirsty or distracted when you take the test
  • If you have an English qualification make sure we have seen it so you can be exempted

The table below shows the standard English qualifications that are accepted by the College:

Approved English Qualifications
Qualification  Foundation Year 

HND 

Degrees 

IELTS Academic 
IELTS for UKVI 
5.0
(no element below 4.5) 
5.5
(no element below 5.0) 
6.0
(no element below 5.5) 
Pearson  
English Test 
46  
(41) 
51 
(46) 
56  
(51) 
Functional Skills in English   Level 1 Pass  Level 2 Pass  Level 2 Pass 
Adult Literacy  Level 1 Pass  Level 2 Pass  Level 2 Pass 
Integrated Skills in English
(ISE II) 
Pass
(in all areas ISE I) 
Pass
(in all areas ISE II) 
Pass
(in all areas ISE II) 
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Standard Level English Language  
Grade 5
or above 
Grade 5
or above 
Grade 5
or above 
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Higher Level English Language  
Grade 4
or above 
Grade 4
or above 
Grade 4
or above 
NCUK International Foundation Year 
English for Academic Purposes  
Grade C
or above 
Grade C
or above 
Grade C
or above 
Edexcel IGCSE
English Language A 
Grade E / 3
(Inc. Speaking and Listening) 
Grade C / 4
(Inc. Speaking and Listening) 
Grade C / 4
(Inc. Speaking and Listening) 
Edexcel IGCSE
English as a Second Language 
Grade B / 6
(Inc. Speaking and Listening) 
Grade B / 6
(Inc. Speaking and Listening) 
Grade B / 6
(Inc. Speaking and Listening) 
Cambridge English
Level 2 Certificate: Advanced 
Overall score of 154
(with no less than 147  in any component) 
Overall score of 162
(with no less than 154  in any component) 
Overall score of 169
(with no less than 162  in any component) 
TESA 
English Test 
5.0
(no element below 4.5) 
5.5
(no element below 5.0) 
6.0
(no element below 5.5) 

* This list above is not exhaustive, however if the qualification you hold is not listed in the above table, you may be required to take an English Assessment and / or a pre-sessional English course and formal test.

If you are unsure or have questions about your English Language qualification, please speak to one of our Applicant Advisors and they will be able tell you whether you can be exempted.

Visit us in person at any of our campuses, email info@regentcollegelondon.com or call 020 3870 6666

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