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Alternative English Language Qualifications

Queen Mary University of London also accepts alternative English language qualifications for entry to Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes of study.

Please refer to the English Language Requirements for your chosen subject area, either UndergraduatePostgraduate Taught or Postgraduate Research, to determine what IELTS equivalent is required for your chosen course of study. The alternative English language test equivalents are published below. If you are at all unsure whether or not a qualification you have studied may be considered as proof of your English Language proficiency for your chosen course of study, please contact our Admissions Office directly.

Exceptions (Postgraduate Applicants only)

There are certain circumstances where you may not be required to have an English Language test to prove your proficiency.  If you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country or your degree has been taught and examined in English, please read our Postgraduate Guidelines.

Advanced Placement (English Language/English Literature)

Queen Mary University will consider the College Board’s Advanced Placement test in English Language and Composition/English Literature and Composition to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 3 out of 5
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 4 out of 5
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 4 out of 5

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

BALEAP accredited pre-sessional English language courses

Queen Mary offers a range of BALEAP accredited pre-sessional English language courses, which provide excellent preparation for your future study.  Further details on the application process can be found here

We will consider alternative BALEAP accredited pre-sessional English language courses on a case by case basis.  Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking scores will be evaluated against our standard entry requirements.

 

Please note that pre-sessional courses must have been completed no more than 2 years from the start date of your course.

 

Bellerbys College Academic English Skills (AES) test

Queen Mary University will consider the Bellerbys College Academic English Skills (AES) test to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below. 

Equivalent to IELTS 5.5: 40% in Bellerbys AES test
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 50% in Bellerbys AES test
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 60% in Bellerbys AES test
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 70% in Bellerbys AES test

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 2 years from the start date of your course.

CIE iGCSE

CIE iGCSE English as a First / Second Language

Queen Mary will consider both the CIE iGCSE English as a First Language (syllabus 0500 & 0522), and the CIE iGCSE English as a Second Language (syllabus 0510 & 0511) to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.   

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Tier 4 Visa Regulations

If you require immigration permission to study in the UK, you will need to provide copies of your final Certificate of Results and either a component score sheet from your college or a Supplementary Certifying Statement.  Please keep the originals for your visa application and enrolment. 

You can request the Supplementary Certifying Statement from CIE.  Details are on their website.

 

English as a First Language (syllabus 0500)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C overall in the iGCSE English as a First Language, to include a minimum of grade 2 in Listening and Speaking. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C overall in the iGCSE English as a First Language, to include a minimum of grade 2 in Listening and Speaking. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B overall in the iGCSE English as a First Language, to include a minimum of grade 2 in Listening and Speaking. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

 

English as a First Language (syllabus 0522)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C in the iGCSE English as a First Language. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C in the iGCSE English as a First Language.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in the iGCSE English as a First Language.

 

English as a Second Language (syllabus 0510)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade B overall in the iGCSE English as a Second Language, to include a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B overall in the iGCSE English as a Second Language, to include a minimum of grade 2 in Speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: This qualification is not accepted for entry to programmes requiring IELTS 7.0.

 

English as a Second Language (syllabus 0511)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade B in the iGCSE English as a Second Language.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B in the iGCSE English as a Second Language.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: This qualification is not accepted for entry to programmes requiring IELTS 7.0.

Danish STX/HF/HHX or HTX

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Danish Studentereksamen, Højere Handelseksamen, Højere Teknisk Eksamen and Højere Forberedelseseksamen to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 7 in Writing and 7 in Oral.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 7 in Writing and 7 in Oral. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 10 in Writing and 10 in Oral.

 

 

 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Dutch VWO (English component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Dutch Voorbereidend Wetenshappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 7 (goed) in the English component.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 7 (goed) in the English component.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 8 (goed) in the English component.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Edexcel IGCSE (First Language)

Queen Mary University will consider the Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language, including Speaking and Listening, to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C in the IGCSE English as a First Language.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C in the IGCSE English as a First Language.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in the IGCSE English as a First Language.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Edexcel IGCSE (Second Language)

Queen Mary University will consider the Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language, to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade B in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B in the IGCSE English as a Second Language.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade A in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

European Baccalaureate (English as L1 - L3)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the European Baccalaureate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 6 in the European Baccalaureate English component.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 6.5 in the European Baccalaureate English component.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 7 in the European Baccalaureate English component. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto (English component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 4 (magna cum laude approbatur) in the English component of the Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in the English component of the Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in the Advanced English component of the Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

French Baccalaureate General

Queen Mary University will consider the English component (English Writing and Speaking combined) of the French Baccalaureate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 13 (bien) in the English Writing and Speaking combined component of the French Baccalaureate, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 14 (bien) in the English Writing and Speaking combined component of the French Baccalaureate, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 14 (bien) in the English Writing and Speaking combined component of the French Baccalaureate, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

French Baccalaureate OIB English / American

Queen Mary University will consider the French International Option Baccalaureate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 11 overall in the French International Option Baccalaureate.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 12 overall in the French International Option Baccalaureate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 12 overall in the French International Option Baccalaureate.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

GCE A-Level/AS-Level English Language or English Language & Literature

Queen Mary University will consider GCE A-Level/AS-Level English Language or English Language & Literature to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C in GCE A-Level/AS-Level in English Language or English Language & Literature. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: C in GCE A-Level/AS-Level in English Language or English Language & Literature. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: B in GCE A-Level/AS-Level in English Language or English language & Literature. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

GCE O Level English

Queen Mary University will consider GCE O Level English to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C in GCE O Level English.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C in GCE O Level English. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in GCE O Level English.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

GCSE English Language / English Literature

Queen Mary University will consider both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C or 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: C or 4 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: B or 6 in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

German Abitur (English Component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the German Abitur to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 12 (gut) in the English component of the German Abitur. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 12 (gut) in the English component of the German Abitur.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 13 (sehr gut) in the English component of the German Abitur. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (English Core Component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English core component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: Level 4 in the English core component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: Level 4 in the English core component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: Level 5 in the English core component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

 

Indian Year 12 (English Component - CBSE and ISC Boards only)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the CBSE and ISC Indian Standard XII examinations to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 60% overall in the English component of the CBSE or ISC Indian Standard XII examinations.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 70% overall in the English component of the CBSE or ISC Indian Standard XII examinations.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 80% overall in the English component of the CBSE or ISC Indian Standard XII examinations.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

International Baccalaureate (English Component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 4 in English A at Higher or Standard Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or 4 in English B at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or 5 in English B at Standard Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 4 in English A at Higher or Standard Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or 4 in English B at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or 5 in English B at Standard Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 5 in English A at Higher or Standard Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or 5 in English B at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or 6 in English B at Standard Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

INTO English Language Assessment test (IELA)

Queen Mary University will consider the INTO English Language Assessment (IELA) test to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below. 

Equivalent to IELTS 5.5: 162 in INTO English Language Assessment (IELA)
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 169 in INTO English Language Assessment (IELA)
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 176 in INTO English Language Assessment (IELA)
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 185 in INTO English Language Assessment (IELA)

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 2 years from the start date of your course.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level English Component

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate, for qualifications awarded from 2017 onwards, to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below. 

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: H4 in the Higher Level English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: H4 in the Higher Level English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: H3 in the Higher Level English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate.

We will also consider the English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate, for qualifications awarded up until 2016, to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C2 in the Higher Level English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: C2 in the Higher Level English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: B2 in the Higher Level English component of the Irish Leaving Certificate.

In both cases, the qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Malaysian SPM (English 1119)

Queen Mary University will consider the English 1119 Paper of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia / Certificate of Education to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C in SPM English 1119.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C in SPM English 1119.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in SPM English 1119.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Mauritius CIE Higher School Certificate (English component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Mauritius CIE Higher School Certificate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C/4 in the English component.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: C/4 in the English component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: B/3 in the English component.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Queen Mary University will consider the NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 5.5: D in the NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C in the NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: B in the NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: A in the NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 2 years from the start date of your course.

 

Norwegian Vitnemal (English Component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (VVO) to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 4 in the English component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 4 in the English component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 4 in the English component. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

NUS National University of Singapore High School (English component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the National University of Singapore Diploma to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade B (grade point 3.5) in the English component.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B (grade point 3.5) in the English component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade A (grade point 4.5) in the English component.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher English

Queen Mary University will consider SQA Higher/Advanced Higher English to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C in SQA Higher/Advanced Higher English
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: C in SQA Higher/Advanced Higher English
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: B in SQA Higher/Advanced Higher English

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level English

Queen Mary University will consider the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level English to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: C in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level English
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: C in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level English. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: B in the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level English. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Singapore Integrated Programme

Queen Mary University will consider the Singapore Integrated Programme to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: Language Arts grade C or CAP 2.0.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: Language Arts grade C or CAP 2.5.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: Language Arts grade B or CAP 3.0.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

South African National Senior Certificate (English component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the South African National Senior Certificate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 4/C in the English component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 4/C in the English component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 5/B in the English component. 

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

Swedish Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg (English component)

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Swedish Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: VG or C in the English component. This must include at least 300 credits combined. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: VG or B in the English component. This must include at least 300 credits combined. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: VG or B in the English component. This must include at least 300 credits combined.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

 

US High School Diploma

Queen Mary University will consider the US High School Graduation Diploma to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.3.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.8.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

West African Examinations Council

Queen Mary University will consider the English Language component of the West African Senior School Certificate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: a minimum of grade C6 in the English Language component. 
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: a minimum of grade C6 in the English Language component.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: a minimum of grade C5 in the English Language component.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.

West Indian Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate

Queen Mary University will consider the English Language component of the West Indian Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade III in the English Language component.  
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade III in the English Language component.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade II in the English Language component.

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of your course.