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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

Test/Country Undergraduate Pathways Postgraduate Pathways
IELTS Academic / IELTS for UKVI/ IELTS Indicator 5.5 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Nursing & Health Sciences pathway: 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Pearsons (PTE Academic) 56 overall (no band less than 51) 61 overall (no band less than 51)
Linguaskill 170 overall (no band less than 165) 175 overall (no band less than 165)
ToEFT iBT & MyBest 80 overall R:18, W:17, S:20, L:17 88 overall R:18, W:17, S:20, L:17
ToEFT iBT - Special Home Edition 80 overall R:18, W:17, S:20, L:17 88 overall R:18, W:17, S:20, L:17
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)- C2; Advanced (CAE) -C1 ; First (FCE)-B2 169 overall (no band less than 162) 176 overall (no band less than 162)
Language Cert ESOL (B2) SELT Test 35/50 in all bands 33/50 in all bands
Language Cert ESOL (B2) Online Test (Spoken Test is a separately assessed exam) Pass in all bands High Pass overall (Pass in each band)
Integrated skills in English (ISE II) Trinity College London Distinction (each band and overall) Distinction (each band and overall)
Integrated skills in English (ISE III) Trinity College London Pass (each band and overall) Pass (each band and overall)
UK University Study UK degree UK degree
UKVI approved HEI Pre-sessional Programme results at IELTS equivalency 5.5 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Health Sciences and Nursing pathway: 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Foundation Programmes (Bellerbys, Kaplan, INTO, ONCampus) 60% overall (min. 55% in each band) 65% overall (min. 55% in each band)
GCSE A or AS Level English with grade E English with grade E
GCE O Level Syllabus 1123 (All other countries) Grade C or above Grade C or above
GCSE in English (as a first language) Syllabus 0522 English with grade C/4 English with grade C/4
Cambridge IGCSE in English (as a first language) Grade C in all components Grade C in all components
Cambridge IGCSE in English (as a second language) -oral counted in Grade B in Reading and Writing, Grade A in Listening, and Oral Endorsement Grade 2 Grade B in Reading and Wrting, Grade A in Listening and oral Endorsement Grade 2
Cambridge IGCSE in English- (as a second language) oral separate endorsement Grade B in Reading and Writing, Grade A in Listening, and Grade C in Oral test Grade B in Reading and Wrting, Grade A in Listening and Grade 2 in Speaking
International Baccalaureate Completion of Certificate or Diploma English at grade 4 (Higher Level), Grade 5 (Standard Level) Completion of Certificate or Diploma English at grade 4 (Higher Level), Grade 5 (Standard Level)
BACIET English Test 5.5 overall (no band less than 5.5) 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Brunei: GCE O Level - Syllabus 1120 Grade C or above Grade C or above
Heriot Watt Pressional/ Portfolio Pre-sessional programme Grade C or above in all components Grade C or above in all components
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) AS Level Grade E or above Grade C or above
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE ) All subjects except Health Sciences: HKDSE English at Grade 3 or above in each band
Health Sciences pathway: HKDSE English at Grade 4
Grade 3 or above
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - Results slip + Letter if student does not have final certificate English at C or above English at C or above
Malaysian SPM Syllabus 1119 Accepted at C & above Syllabus 1119 Accepted at C & above
Malaysia: Malaysian Diploma/Advanced Diploma where the medium of instruction is English issued by Malaysian Qualification Agency previously Lembaga Akreditasi (LAN) RGU to assess the Diploma (min grade for consideration = Pass ) RGU to assess the Diploma (min grade for consideration = Pass )
Malaysia MUET - Malaysian University Entrance Test : Band 4 (180-219 score) Band 5
Mauritius: Cambridge GCE O Level Syllabus 1125 and 1126 Grade C or above Grade C or above
Nigeria/Ghana - WAEC/NECO SSCE (NECO from year 2000 onwards) English at C6 or above English at C6 or above
NCUK International Foundation Year / International Year 1 Grade C or above in all components Grade C or above in all components
Oxford International OPSE / ELLT 5.5 (5.5 in each band) 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Password English 5.5 (5.5 in each band) 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)
Singapore: GCE O Level - Syllabus 1127 (pre2014) and Syllabus 1128 (post2013) Grade C or above Grade C or above
Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) English at Grade C6 or above English at Grade C6 or above
Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education (ZIMSEC)/ Cambridge Higher School Certificate O Level Grade C or above Grade C or above

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 10 or 13 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)