English Language Requirements

BIMM Institute requires that your English Language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed on 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 have therefore English language requirements based on the following minimum standards.

For each of the following single and joint honours undergraduate courses, applicants require an Academic IELTS. You will need an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band:

Single Honours

  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance
  • BMus (Hons) Songwriting
  • BA (Hons) Music & Sound Production
  • BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production
  • BA (Hons) Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Event Management
  • BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication

Joint Honours

  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Music Production & Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Music Production
  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Songwriting
  • BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Production

For our single honours and joint honours undergraduate courses, we also accept the following equivalent English Language exams:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 170 overall, including at least 165 in each band
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE) with a score of 170 overall, including at least 165 in each band.
  • Pearson (PTE Academic) with a score of 50 overall, including at least 42 in all four skills
  • TOEFL (iBT) with a score of 80 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

Postgraduate Courses

For our MA courses, applicants require an Academic IELTS. You will need an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band.

If you have studies an alternative external English language qualification, please contact [email protected] to confirm if this can be accepted.

We can accept Secondary School qualifications from the following countries, should the applicant have completed a qualification listed at a required level, as per table below:

Country Qualification
Austria Award of Reifeprufung /Matura awarded from a Allgemeinbildende Hohere Schule with a minimum grade of 2/ Gut on the English component to meet English Language requirements.
Bulgaria Award of Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (after 4 years of study) – grade of 5 in English component to meet English Language requirements.
Croatia Award of Svjedodzba o Maturi after four years of study with a minimum grade of 5 in English component to meet English Language requirements.
Denmark Award of Studentereksamen – English language grade 7 on the STX, HF, HHX or HTX to meet English Language requirements.
Estonia Award of Gumnaasiumi loputunnistus orRiigieksamitunnistuswith – English language requirements are met with a School Exam grade of 4 OR English State Examination at 75% or above to meet English Language requirements.
Finland Award of Ylioppilastutkinto or studentexamen after three years of study – English at a minimum grade of Eximia cum laude approbatur or 6 as a second official language to meet English Language requirements.
France We can accept English at 12 for those who have studied Option Internationale Anglais on the Baccalaureat General.
Germany Award of Abitur – grade of 10 on the English component (LF ).
Hungary Award of Erettsegi Vizsga or Matura – grade 4 or above in English at Advanced Level; OR 5 at Basic level exam.
Iceland Award of Stúdentspróf (Matriculation Certificate) – grade of 9 in the English component.
Ireland Award of ILC with a minimum of C1/C/O4 in English Standard Level.
Latvia Award of Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education) – Grade 8 in English Language component.
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas – a grade of 8 in English language to meet English language requirements.
Malta The Matriculation Certificate Examination and grades CC at Advanced Level, to include having consistently studied in the English language and obtained a 1–5 in English language on the Secondary Education Certificate.
The Netherlands Award of VWO after six years of study – 8.0 in English Language.
Norway Award of Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skoleas – grade of 4 in the English component.
Poland Matura – English Language Extended level at 70%.
Sweden Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran gymnasieskolan – A grade C/VG will need to be obtained on the English C/7 component OR a C/VG on both English A/5 AND B/6 component.
Australia English Grade C on the Year 10 Certificate/ Junior Secondary Studies Certificate/ English VHA, HA or SA on the Year 10 Certificate/ SACE English Pass/ English Credit,Higher Pass or Pass on the School Certificate (TCE)/ English Pass in Unit 3 or 4 on the VCE/ WACE – Pass in English on the Certificate of Lower Secondary Studies (CLSS).
Canada Grade 11 Secondary School English language grade at C or an equivalent.
USA HSD – C in Grade 12 English.

If you studied English as a first language and your country is not listed above, please contact [email protected] to confirm if your qualification will be accepted.

Please note: Entry requirements are subject to change.

 

For our UK diploma courses, applicants require an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.

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

You can find UKVI’s approved list of test providers and Centres as well as a list of any exemptions that may apply here: www.gov.uk/guidance/prove-your-english-language-abilities-with-a-secure-english-language-test-selt

 

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.

International (London based): +44 (0)208 749 3131
UK: +44 1273626 666

Contact UK International: [email protected]
Contact EU Settlement/Brexit: [email protected]

 

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