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English language entry requirements

The TESOL Centre offers a variety of English language courses for students who need more tuition to reach the required standard.

English Language entry requirements are listed in the entry requirements section of the online prospectus. The information provided below is intended to help you understand the different English Language qualifications we will accept.

Courses at NQF Level 6 and above (includes BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MPhil, PhD)

We consider the following English language qualifications for courses at degree level (NQF Level 6) or above requiring

an IELTS for UKVI* 6.0 or equivalent entry requirement (*IELTS may be accepted if you do not require a Tier 4 student visa)
Qualification Result required
IELTS for UKVI* IELTS for UKVI* 6.0
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5
TOEFL Internet based 79
Listening: minimum level 17
Speaking: minimum level 20
Reading: minimum level 18
Writing: minimum level 17
Pearson 52
Listening: minimum level 51
Speaking: minimum level 51
Reading: minimum level 51
Writing: minimum level 51
Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 and 0522) Grade C
Listening: minimum Grade D (0522) or 2 (0500)
Speaking: minimum Grade D (0522) or 2 (0500)
Reading: minimum Grade E
Writing: minimum Grade E
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) Grade C
Listening: minimum Grade A
Speaking: minimum Grade C (0511) or 2 (0510)
Reading: minimum Grade D
Writing: minimum Grade D
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) Grade C
Listening: minimum level 162
Speaking: minimum level 162
Reading: minimum level 162
Writing: minimum level 162
City and Guilds International ESOL Diploma Communicator Level
Listening: minimum score 15/30
Speaking: minimum score 6/12
Reading: minimum score 15/30
Writing: minimum score 12/24
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Score 80
Michigan Test: Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Pass
IGSE English as a Second Language Grade C or above
Completion of Sheffield Hallam University pre-sessional English course Pass
an IELTS for UKVI* 6.5 entry requirement (* IELTS may be accepted if you do not require a Tier 4 student visa)
Qualification Result required
IELTS for UKVI* IELTS for UKVI* 6.5
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5
TOEFL Internet Based Overall score 90
Listening: minimum level 17
Speaking: minimum level 20
Reading: minimum level 18
Writing: minimum level 17
Pearson Test of English Academic Overall score 60
Listening: minimum score 51
Speaking: minimum score 51
Reading: minimum score 51
Writing: minimum score 51
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) Grade B
Listening: minimum level 162
Speaking: minimum level 162
Reading: minimum level 162
Writing: minimum level 162
Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) Grade C
Listening: minimum level weak
Speaking: minimum level weak
Reading: minimum level weak
Writing: minimum level weak
City and Guilds International ESOL Diploma Expert Level
Listening: minimum score 15/30
Speaking: minimum score 6/12
Reading: minimum score 15/30
Writing: minimum score 12/24
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Score 80
Michigan Test: Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Pass
Completion of Sheffield Hallam University pre-sessional English course Merit
an IELTS for UKVI* 7.0 entry requirement (* IELTS may be accepted if you do not require a Tier 4 student visa)
Qualification Result required
IELTS for UKVI* IELTS for UKVI* 7.0
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5
TOEFL Internet Based Overall score 100
Listening: minimum score 21
Speaking: minimum score 23
Reading: minimum score 22
Writing: minimum score 21
Pearson Test of English Academic Overall score 67
Listening: minimum score 59
Speaking: minimum score 59
Reading: minimum score 59
Writing: minimum score 59
Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) Grade A
Listening: minimum level 162
Speaking: minimum level 162
Reading: minimum level 162
Writing: minimum level 162
Cambridge English: Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) Grade B
Listening: minimum level weak
Speaking: minimum level weak
Reading: minimum level weak
Writing: minimum level weak
City and Guilds International ESOL Diploma Expert Level
Listening: minimum score 15/30
Speaking: minimum score 6/12
Reading: minimum score 15/30
Writing: minimum score 12/24
Trinity College London: Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life Level 2
Reading: pass
Listening: pass
Speaking: pass
Writing: pass
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) Score 90
Michigan Test: Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Honours Pass
Completion of Sheffield Hallam University pre-sessional English course Distinction

Courses at NQF Level 5 or below (includes HND)

English Language Requirements for

  • Courses at NQF Level 5 or below
  • English Language Courses
  • Joint CAS where progression to the main course of study is dependent on passing the English course

If you require a visa to study in the UK you will need to prove your English Language Level with a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). The list of approved tests can be found here.

  • Levels of English Language required for your course are listed in the entry requirements section of the online prospectus or on the on the English Language Courses pages.
If you have any questions regarding English language entry requirements please use our enquiry form or call +(44) 0114 225 5555.

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