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International College at Robert Gordon University

English Language Requirements

To enter ICRGU courses students must meet both the Academic and English language requirements.

English Language Requirements*

The language of instruction at ICRGU is English. To enter an undergraduate or postgraduate pathway, you must be able to demonstrate you are suitably proficient in English. The table below lists the IELTS results (or equivalent) that you need to enter our courses.

Undergraduate pathway
Postgraduate pathway

Foundation/First Year Degree

Pre-Masters

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
No band below 5.5

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
No band below 5.5

*Applicants for the Foundation leading to Health Sciences pathways will be required to hold an IELTS equivalent of 6.0 for progression onto the Health Sciences programmes. Please email info@ic.rgu.ac.uk for more details. 

 

Accepted English Language Qualifications 

Undergraduate Entry

Minimum equivalent qualifications we accept for entry into our undergraduate programmes excluding Health Sciences are:

 

Qualification

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Listening

Overall

IELTS Academic/UKVI

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

IELTS Indicator Test

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

ToEFL iBT, ToEFL iBT & MyBest or Special Home Edition

 18

17

20

17

80 

Linguaskill

165

165

165

165

170

PTE Academic 

51

51

51

51

56

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE), Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE)

162

162

162

162

169

Integrated Skills in English (ISE III)

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

LanguageCert B2 Communicator (Writing/Listening/Reading Exam)

-

-

-

-

90/150

LanguageCert B2 Communicator (Speaking Exam)

-

-

28/50

 

28/50

BACIET English Test

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)

Distinction

Distinction

Distinction

Distinction

Distinction

Cambridge - IGCSE - First language

 C

Cambridge - IGCSE - Second language

B

B

2

A

-

Bellerby's Foundation Programme English

55%

55%

55%

55%

55%

Kaplan Foundation Programme English

 55%

55% 

 55%

55% 

55% 

INTO Foundation Programme English

55%

55%

55%

55%

55%

ONCampus Foundation Programme English

 55%

 55%

 55%

55% 

55% 

NCUK International Foundation Year / International Year 1

C

C

C

C

C

 

Cambridge English GCE O level

  • Singapore Syllabus 1128 - Grade C
  • Mauritius Syllabus 1125 and 1126 - Grade C
  • Brunei Syllabus 1120 - Grade C
  • Malaysia SPM 1119 - Grade C
  • All other countries, Syllabus 1123 - Grade C 

We also accept some country specific English qualifications:

  • West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) with English at C6 or above
  • Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) with English at C6 or above
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with English at Grade C or above
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with English at Grade C6 or above
  • CISCE (Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations) /CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) - (year 12) with English at 60% or above. 
  • HKDSE English Language at Grade 3 or above (Grade 4 for Health Sciences Pathway)
  • MUET - Malaysian University Entrance Test - Band 4
  • Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education (ZIMSEC)/ Cambridge Higher School Certificate O Level - Grade C

 

Please contact our Admission Office at admission@ic.rgu.ac.uk for further details.

Pre-sessional English

ICRGU offers 20 to 25 hours a week of English language classes, for either ten or thirteen weeks directly before each academic intake. When you have satisfactorily completed all the class assessments, you will progress to your academic pathway. Students will receive a combined CAS with academic. 

 

4 week pre-sessional English
IELTS/IELTS Academic or UKVI

Undergraduate pre-sessional English 

Minimum 5.5 (with only one band at 5.0 all others 5.5)

Postgraduate pre-sessional English 

Minimum 6.0 (with only one band at 5.0 all others 5.5)

 

13 week pre-sessional English
IELTS/IELTS Academic or UKVI 

Undergraduate pre-sessional English 

Minimum 4.5

(no band below 4.0)

Postgraduate pre-sessional English 

Minimum 5.0 (writing at 5.0 and no band below 4.5)


10 week pre-sessional 
IELTS/IELTS Academic or UKVI

Undergraduate pre-sessional English 

Minimum 5.0 (no band below 4.5)

Postgraduate pre-sessional English 

 

Minimum 5.5 (no band below 5.0)