English language requirements

BIMM Institute requires that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed in your chosen course of study.

All applicants are required to demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English. We accept a wide range of country-specific English language qualifications, please see your country on our International Entry Requirements page. We also accept a number of English language tests based on the following minimum standards.

 

Test Undergraduate degrees Postgraduate degrees
A level (A2)  C grade or above in A2 English language  C grade or above in A2 English language 
AS level (A1)  C grade or above in AS English language  C grade or above in AS English language 
GCSE English/ GCE O level/ iGCSE first language  C/4 or above  C/4 or above  
Irish Leaving Certificate  Grade C or above (ordinary) or at Grade D or above (higher)  Grade C or above (ordinary) or at Grade D or above (higher) 
LanguageCert International ESOL (B2 Communicator Level)  

*Test can be taken online or in-centre – please contact Admissions for an exclusive discount of test fees 

B2 Pass with a minimum score of 33 in each skill  B2 High Pass  with a minimum score of 38 in each skill 
European Baccalaureate  Grade 6 (80%) EL  85% 
International Baccalaureate  Standard Level in English A at a minimum of Grade 4 or Higher Level in English B at Grade 4  Same as undergraduate with evidence of continued use of English 
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic version 

*We may be able to accept IELTS Indicators taken from 1st July 2020 onwards  

Min. 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each element: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing  Min 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing overall 
TOEFL (iBT) 

*We do not accept TOEFL ITP tests available in China 

Min. 72 overall with 18 in Reading, 17 in Writing, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking  Min. 83 overall with 19 in Reading, 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening and 20 in Speaking 
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)  Min. 50 overall with no less than 42 in each element  Min. 58 overall with no less than 50 in each element 
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)  170 overall with 165 in each component  170 overall with 165 in each component 
Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)  170 overall with 165 in each component  170 overall with 165 in each component 
British bachelor’s degree  2:2 or above*  2:2 or above 
Trinity ISE 2  Pass with Merit  Pass with Distinction 

*Contingent on an academic progression assessment

FE Applicants who require a Visa under the Student route will require to submit a Secure English Language Test  (SELT) to meet the English language requirements as part of their visa application.

Please ensure you complete one of the following English tests:

  • IELTS for UKVI with an overall score of 5.5 and a minimum of 5.5 in each band
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) with a Pass overall and a minimum score of 25 on each skill – please contact Admissions for an exclusive discount on test fees
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI with a score of 42 overall, including at least 42 in all four skills

Please consider the approved test centres here:

www.gov.uk/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests.

If all tests centres in your country are currently unavailable, please contact [email protected] for support and further information. Please do not book any alternative tests independently, as this may not be accepted.

If you do not require a visa to study in the UK, please refer to the Undergraduate English Requirements section for your English Language exam options

Any questions?

Our international team are on hand to provide prospective and enrolled international students with information and advice on UK immigration and visa requirements.

For help, support or advice, please call us between 8am-6pm GMT using the contact details below.

UK: +44 1273626 666

Contact UK International: [email protected]

 

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