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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 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.

We strive to make your application process as easy as possible, however in all cases we reserve the right to request an English language qualification and / or conduct an interview.

Graduated from a UK university or live in an English speaking country?

If you studied for a minimum period of two years in the UK and achieved at least a 2:2 within the last two years then we would normally consider you to have met our English language requirements.

If you studied for a minimum period of one year in the UK and achieved at least a 2:1 within the last two years then we would normally consider you to have met our English language requirements.

Alternatively if you have been domiciled in a majority English-speaking country for 2 years prior to application then we may consider the requirements met.

Applicants meeting either of these criteria may not be required to present an IELTS as part of a Tier 4 (General) visa application.

Exemptions for Undergraduate applicants

If you have studied or are studying recognised qualifications in English, such as GCE A2 or IB, an IELTS qualification is not required provided you meet our minimum requirements.

Unfortunately this does not apply to our International Foundation Programmes.

These don't apply to me

If you don't meet the above criteria you will need to meet our English language requirements as listed below. 

For applicants whose English falls short of our minimum entry requirements we provide a range of Pre-sessional English Language programmes which aim to enable our applicants to reach our requisite levels of English and help them to become more confident about studying in English in the UK.

See pre-sessional dates and costs here          

Which English Language test should I take?

TOEFL

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.

From the academic year 2015/6, we will accept TOEFL for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, and will be able to issue your CAS to support your overseas Tier 4 Visa application (if you hold a suitable level). However we will not be able to accept TOEFL for programmes below degree level, including Foundation and pre-sessional programmes.

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.

IELTS

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 any further questions, please contact Christina Bunbury, Visa Compliance Manager or alternatively please contact the International Office.

Main Entry IELTS Minimum Band Scores

Foundation

 School / Programme
 Reading Writing
 Listening  Speaking Overall
 All  5  5  5  5  5.5

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

 School / Programme
Reading 
Writing
 Listening  Speaking
 Overall
 Aston Medical School  7.0  7.0  7.0  7.0  7.5
 Aston Business School
 6.0           
 6.0  6.0  6.0  6.5
 Engineering & Applied Science
 5.5 5.5
5.5
5.5
6.0
 Life & Health Sciences
 6.0 6.0 
6.0 
6.0 
6.5
 Languages & Social Sciences
 5.5 5.5
5.5
5.5
6.0 

Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)

 School / Programme
 Reading Writing
Listening
Speaking
Overall
 Aston Business School
 6
 6
 6
 6
 6.5
 Aston Business School - MBA
 6  6  6  6  7.0
 Engineering & Applied Science
 6  6  6  6  6.5
 Life & Health Sciences
 6  6  6  6  6.5
 Life & Health Sciences - OSPAP
 7  7  7  7  7
 Languages & Social Sciences
 6  6  6  6  6.5

Postgraduate Research Programmes

 School / Programme
 Reading Writing
Listening
Speaking
Overall
 Aston Business School
 6
 6.5
 6
 6.5  6.5
 Engineering & Applied Science
 6  6  6  6  6.5
 Life & Health Sciences
 6  6  6  6  6.5
 Languages & Social Sciences
 6  6.5  6  6.5
 6.5


Main Entry TOEFL (iBT) Minimum Range Band Scores

Foundation

TOEFL is not accepted for entry onto foundation programmes.

Undergraduate (Bachelor Degrees)

 School / Programme
Reading 
Writing
 Listening
 Speaking 
Overall
 Aston Medical School  24  24  24  24  110
 Aston Business School
 18
 23  19
 19  93
 Engineering & Applied Science
 12  20  11  17  78
 Life & Health Sciences
 18  23  19  19  93
 Languages & Social Sciences
 12  20  11  17  78


Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)

 School / Programme
Reading
Writing
Listening
Speaking
Overall
 Aston Business School
 18  23
 19  19  93
 Aston Business School - MBA
 18  23  19  19  101
 Engineering & Applied Science
 18  23  19  19  93
 Life & Health Sciences
 18  23  19  19  93
 Life & Health Sciences - OSPAP
 26  28  26  23  101
 Languages & Social Sciences
 18  23  19  19  93


Postgraduate Research Programmes

 School / Programme
Reading
Writing
Listening
Speaking
Overall
 Aston Business School
 18
 26  19  22  93
 Engineering & Applied Science
 18  23  19  19  93
 Life & Health Sciences
 18  23  19  19  93
 Languages & Social Sciences
 18  26  19  22  93


Main Entry Pearson Minimum Band Scores
School/Programme   Reading  Writing  Listening Speaking Overall
Foundation & Aston Medical School
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
Life & Health Sciences   57 57 57 57 63
Languages & Social Sciences   50 50 50 50 57
Postgraduate (Masters Programmes)
Aston Business School   57 57 57 57 63
Aston Business School - MBA   57 57 57 57 72
Engineering & Applied Science   57 57 57 57 63
Life & Health Sciences    57 57 57 57 63
Life & Health Sciences  - OSPAP   72 72 72 72 72
Languages & Social Sciences   57 57 57 57 63
Postgraduate Research Programmes 
Aston Business School   57 63 57 63 63
Engineering & Applied Science    57 57 57 57 63
Life & Health Sciences     57 57 57 57 63
Languages & Social Sciences   57 63 57 63 63