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English Language Requirements

IELTS

Accepted Language Qualifications

SRUC prefers the Academic IELTS English Exam as proof of English language level.

The required level of English language ability for each level of study is as follows:

For postgraduate programmes:

  • IELTS 7.0 (for courses taught in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh)
  • IELTS 6.5 for the MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
  • IELTS 6.5 (for Distance Learning courses)

For entry onto undergraduate degree courses:

  • IELTS 6.5

For entry to HNC/HND courses:

  • IELTS 6.0

For Colllege level course (e.g. NC, SVQ and PDA courses):

  • IELTS 5.5

SRUC does accept other English language qualifications, such as the following, though IELTS is much preferred if you also require a Tier 4 Visa to study.

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5:

  • Achieve CEFR Level C1
  • CPE (Cambridge Proficiency Exam) 
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam) Grade A or B
  • PTE Academic 76
  • GCSE/iGCSE English Grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate English 
  • TOEFL (internet based) 92
  • Trinity ISE Trinity Integrated Skills in English III or IV

Equivalent to IELTS 6.0:

  • Achieve CEFR Level B2 
  • CAE (Cambridge Advanced Exam) Grade C
  • FCE (First Certificate in English) Grade A
  • PTE Academic 60 
  • GCSE/iGCSE English Grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate English
  • TOEFL (internet based) 78
  • Trinity ISE Trinity Integrated Skills in English II or above

Equivalent to IELTS 5.5:

  • Achieve CEFR Level B2
  • FCE (First Certificate in English) Grade C
  • PTE Academic 50
  • TOEFL (internet based) 72
  • Trinity ISE Trinity Integrated Skills in English II

Please be aware that if you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and you are applying to a course below degree level, your test needs to be a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider. Please find here the list of Home Office approved English Language Tests.

International Student Enquiries

Student recruitment and admissions enquiries for international students

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG United Kingdom.

E-mail: internationalstudent@sruc.ac.uk

SRUC Student Recruitment

Telephone: 0800 269 453

E-mail: recruitment@sruc.ac.uk

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