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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 Undergraduate or Postgraduate, 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.

Applicants to Postgraduate programmmes of study may also find that our English Language Requirements are met if you hold a degree from a majority English speaking country. Please see our Postgraduate guidelines for further information. 

CIE IGCSE

Danish STX/HF/HHX or HTX

Dutch VWO

Edexcel IGCSE

European Baccalaureate

Finnish Ylioppilastukinto

French Baccalaureate General

French Baccalaureate OIB

GCE O Level

GCSE English Language / Literature

German Abitur

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Indian Year 12

International Baccalaureate

Irish Leaving Certificate

Malaysian SPM

Norwegian VVO

National University of Singapore High School

Singapore Integrated Programme

Swedish Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg

US High School Diploma

West African Examinations Council

West Indian Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate

CIE IGCSE English as a First / Second Language

Queen Mary University 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. 

English as a First Language (syllabus 0500)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade C overall in the IGCSE English as a First Language. 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. 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. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

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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.

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English as a Second Language (syllabus 0510)

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0: grade B overall in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.  
Equivalent to IELTS 6.5: grade B overall in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 
Equivalent to IELTS 7.0: grade A overall in the IGCSE English as a Second Language. Listening and Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate.

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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: 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.

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

Your can request the Supplementary Certifying Statement from CIE - details are on their website.

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Danish STX/HF/HHX or HTX (English component)

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.

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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.

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Edexcel IGCSE English as a 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.

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Edexcel IGCSE English as a 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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