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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.

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.

Queen Mary University will consider the English component of the Austrian Reifeprufung/Matura to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 2 (gut) in both written and oral examinations
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 2 (gut) in both written and oral examinations
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 1 (sehr gut) in both written and oral examinations

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

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.

Queen Mary University will consider the English module from Canada High School Qualifications to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below, provided the qualifications are delivered in Canada. The English module mark required is illustrated below and relates to Year 12 but all students must have also taken the English module in Year 11.

Province= to IELTS 5.5= to IELTS 6.0= to IELTS 6.5= to IELTS 7.0
All provinces (except Quebec and New Brunswick) 65% 65% 65% 75%

Quebec

New Brunswick

*can only consider the English module if can demonstrate whole High School Qualification was taught and examined in English.  If this was the case, we can consider if studied English in year 11 and achieved the following mark in year 12 English: 65% *can only consider the English module if can demonstrate whole High School Qualification was taught and examined in English.  If this was the case, we can consider if studied English in year 11 and achieved the following mark in year 12 English: 65% *can only consider the English module if can demonstrate whole High School Qualification was taught and examined in English.  If this was the case, we can consider if studied English in year 11 and achieved the following mark in year 12 English: 65% *can only consider the English module if can demonstrate whole High School Qualification was taught and examined in English.  If this was the case, we can consider if studied English in year 11 and achieved the following mark in year 12 English: 75%

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

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.

Student 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.

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.

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.

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. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C in the IGCSE English as a First Language. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in the IGCSE English as a First Language. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

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

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. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade A in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Candidates in Brunei must enter for subject 1120
  • Candidates in Mauritius must enter for subject 1125 or 1126
  • Candidates in Singapore must enter for subject 1128
  • Candidates elsewhere must enter for subject 1123
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C in English Language
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade C in English Language
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in English Language

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

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Queen Mary University will consider the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English component, according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - English component 

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - English component

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade B in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - English component

Please note that normally the relevant indicated grades of C and B must be achieved, and therefore for example C- and B- (grades shown with a minus) will be considered a level below.

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

 

Queen Mary University will consider the LanguageCert International SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking), according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: TBC for 2022 entry

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: TBC for 2022 entry

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: TBC for 2022 entry

The qualification should have been achieved no more than 2 years from the start date of your course. The qualification must include all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

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.

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.

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

Equivalent to IELTS 5.5: 5.5 in NCUK English
Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 6.0 in NCUK English
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 6.5 in NCUK English
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 7.0 in NCUK English

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

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)*

 

*Requirements will mirror our IELTS requirements, for example if a programme requires IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other components, we will require A overall with C in Writing and D in all other components from the NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP), according to the requirements above.

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

 

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: 5 in the English component. 

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

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.

Queen Mary University will consider the OnCampus Test of English (OCTOE), according to the IELTS equivalencies below.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: 60% in the OnCampus Test of English*

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: 65% in the OnCampus Test of English*

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: 70% in the OnCampus Test of English*

*Requirements will mirror our IELTS requirements, for example if a programme requires IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all other components, we will require 70% overall with 60% in Writing and 55% in all other components from the OCTOE, according to the requirements above.

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

 

Queen Mary will consider the following qualifications to satisfy our English Language requirements according to the IELTS equivalencies below:

  • Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Language A (External assessment from 2018)
  • Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English Language B (External assessment from 2018)
  • Pearson Edexecl International GCSE English Literature (External assessment from 2019)

These are graded on a 9-1 scale.

  • Equivalent to IELTS 5.5: grade 4 
  • Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade 4
  • Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade 5
  • Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade 6
  • Equivalent to IELTS 7.5: grade 7

Queen Mary offers a range of 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Queen Mary University will consider the US High School Graduation Diploma to satisfy our English Language Requirements, according to the IELTS equivalencies below, provided the qualification is delivered in the USA.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.8
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.6

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

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.

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.

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.