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English Language Requirements

CELCA English Language Tutorials
Aston University provide several English Language programmes for students who need to improve their English Language before starting studies.

To ensure that you will be successful in your studies at Aston, we look for strong evidence that you have a good level of written and spoken English before you are accepted onto any of Aston's programmes. This is to ensure that you are able to cope with the demands of our programmes.

To be accepted onto our programmes, you must be able to satisfy the University's English language requirements. The level required will depend on the programme you are applying for.

Aston University

  • runs a selection of pre-sessional English language programmes for students
  • is an IELTS test centre so you can register for IELTS classes and tests

Note: Acceptability of TOEFL (30 April 2015)

Which English Language test should I take?

The Home Office have recently made some changes to the list of acceptable English Language tests that you can use to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

In September 2014, the Home Office removed TOEFL from the list of approved English Language test providers. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) is a division of the Home Office responsible for the UK visa system. From the academic year 2015/6, we will not be able to accept TOEFL for programmes below degree level such as Foundation programmes, but we will continue to accept it for entry onto our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes and we will be able to issue your CAS to support your overseas Tier 4 Visa application if you are holding suitable entry levels. 

Please note, this change will only affect you if you are planning to study on a Pre-sessional programme or a Foundation course at Aston University. 

If you have been made an offer for direct entry on to an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, then we will still accept a range of qualifications as evidence of your English Language ability, and you are NOT required to provide evidence of these for a Tier 4 visa application.

If you have been asked to provide evidence of an IELTS Academic test (not the IELTS General test) at a certain level, there are now two to choose from.

  1. A standard IELTS Academic test
  2. IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre.

The following applies to those who need a Tier 4 visa and have been made an offer based on an IELTS score:

  • If you have a direct entry unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, you can take any IELTS Academic test, whether from a UKVI approved centre or not.
  • If you require a Pre-sessional course, or have been made an unconditional offer for a Foundation year you must take your IELTS Academic test from a UKVI approved test centre.
  • If you are not sure which to choose, we strongly recommend that you take the UKVI approved test.
If you have an existing IELTS test that was taken before the 6th April 2015, then this will still be accepted for entry onto ANY programme at Aston, and can still be used for a Tier 4 Visa application

If you have any further questions, please contact Christina Bunbury, Visa Compliance Manager on c.j.bunbury@aston.ac.uk, alternatively please contact the International Office on http://www.aston.ac.uk/international-students/contact/

Main Entry IELTS Minimum Band Scores
School/Programme   Reading  Writing  Listening Speaking Overall
Foundation
All   5 5 5 5 5.5
Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)
Aston Business School   6 6 6 6 6.5
Engineering & Applied Science    5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6
Engineering & Applied Science -Logistic, Transport Management, Computing programmes    5.5 6 5.5 6 6.5
Life & Health Sciences   6 6 6 6 6.5
Languages & Social Sciences   5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6
Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)
Aston Business School   6 6.5 6 6.5 6.5
Aston Business School - MBA   6 6 6 6 7
European Masters in Management   6 6 6 6 6.5
Engineering & Applied Science   6 6 6 6 6.5
Engineering & Applied Science - Supply Chain Management programme   6 6.5 6 6.5 6.5
Life & Health Sciences    6 6 6 6 6.5
Life & Health Sciences  - OSPAP   7 7 7 7 7
Languages & Social Sciences   6 7 6 6 6.5
Languages & Social Sciences - TESOL   6 7 6 7 6.5
Postgraduate Research Programmes 
Aston Business School   6 6 6 6 6.5
Engineering & Applied Science    6 6 6 6 6.5
Life & Health Sciences     6 6 6 6 6.5
Languages & Social Sciences   6 6 6 6 6.5
Main Entry TOEFL (iBT) Minimum Range Band Scores
 School/Programme    Reading  Writing  Listening  Speaking  Overall
Foundation
TOEFL not accepted   N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)
Aston Business School   18 23 19 19 93
Engineering & Applied Science    12 20 11 17 78
Engineering & Applied Science -Logistic, Transport Management, Computing programmes    12 23 11 19 93
Life & Health Sciences   18 23 19 19 93
Languages & Social Sciences   12 20 11 17 78
Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)
Aston Business School   18 26 19 22 93
Aston Business School - MBA   18 23 19 19 101
European Masters in Management   18 23 19 19 93
Engineering & Applied Science   18 23 19 19 93
Engineering & Applied Science - Supply Chain Management programme   18 26 19 22 93
Life & Health Sciences    18 23 19 19 93
Life & Health Sciences  - OSPAP   26 28 26 23 101
Languages & Social Sciences   18 28 19 19 93
Languages & Social Sciences - TESOL   18 28 19 23 93
Postgraduate Research Programmes 
Aston Business School   18 23 19 19 93
Engineering & Applied Science    18 23 19 19 93
Life & Health Sciences     18 23 19 19 93
Languages & Social Sciences   18 23 19 19 93
Main Entry Pearson Minimum Band Scores
School/Programme   Reading  Writing  Listening Speaking Overall
Foundation
Pearson not accepted   N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)
Aston Business School   57 57 57 57 63
Engineering & Applied Science    50 50 50 50 57
Engineering & Applied Science -Logistic, Transport Management, Computing programmes    50 57 50 57 63
Life & Health Sciences   57 57 57 57 63
Languages & Social Sciences   50 50 50 50 57
Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)
Aston Business School   57 63 57 63 63
Aston Business School - MBA   57 57 57 57 72
European Masters in Management   57 57 57 57 63
Engineering & Applied Science   57 57 57 57 63
Engineering & Applied Science - Supply Chain Management programme   57 63 57 63 63
Life & Health Sciences    57 57 57 57 63
Life & Health Sciences  - OSPAP   72 72 72 72 72
Languages & Social Sciences   57 72 57 57 63
Languages & Social Sciences - TESOL   57 72 57 72 63
Postgraduate Research Programmes 
Aston Business School   57 57 57 57 63
Engineering & Applied Science    57 57 57 57 63
Life & Health Sciences     57 57 57 57 63
Languages & Social Sciences   57 57 57 57 63

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