International entry requirements

English language requirements

For those starting at Liverpool John Moores University in 2022, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we have introduced new English language options, which we will accept as evidence of English language proficiency. 

Please note: LJMU reserves the right to change the evidence it will accept for English Language proficiency, the information on this page should be used as guidance only.

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Accepted Secure English Language Tests (SELTs)

Qualification

Grade required (Minimum standards – courses may vary)

IELTS Academic for UKVI from authorised test centres only (register)

6.0 Overall with 5.5 in each component

Trinity Integrated Skills in English II (ISEII) – B2 Level (find out more information)

Pass in all Skills

Trinity Integrated Skills in English III (ISEIII) – C1 Level (find out more information)

Pass in all Skills

LanguageCert SELT (register)

(IELTS 6.0 equivalent) B2 Pass – no component below 33/50

OR

(IELTS 6.5 equivalent) B2 Pass – no component below 33/50

Pearson PTE Academic UKVI

61 (Minimum of 59 in each component)

PSI Service UKVI Skills for English test 

B2 pass in all 4 components (equivalent to IELTS 6.0, 5.5 for each component)

English Language Proficiency Tests

Qualification

Grade required (Minimum standards – courses may vary)

IELTS Academic (register)

6.0 Overall with 5.5 in each component

TOEFL IB (register)

78 Overall with R18, W17, L17, S20

Cambridge CPE (register)

Grade C

Cambridge CAE (register)

Grade C or Minimum of 169 with no skill less than 162

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level IV (find out more information)

Pass in all Skills

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III (find out more information)

Pass in all Skills

LanguageCert International ESOL (register)

(IELTS 6.0 equivalent) B2 Communicator overall pass with no section below 33/50

OR

(IELTS) 6.5 equivalent) B2 Communicator overall pass with no section below 33/50

NCUK English Language Test (visit NCUK to register)

6.0

Oxford Test of English (OTE)

120 Overall with 111 in each component (equivalent to IELTS 6.0, 5.5 for each component)

Oxford Test of English (OTE)

130 Overall with 111 in each component (equivalent to IELTS 6.5, 5.5 for each component)

Pearson PTE Academic UKVI

61 (Minimum of 59 in each component)

Pearson Versant English Placement Test

62 (Minimum of 57 in each component)

PSI Service UKVI Skills for English test

B2 pass in all 4 components (equivalent to IELTS 6.0, 5.5 for each component)

Online English Language Level Test (ELLT)* (find out more information)

ELLT B2+ Overall, Reading 23, Listening 28, Writing 5, Speaking 5 (for courses that require IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component)

Or

ELLT C1 Overall, Reading 23, Listening 28, Writing 5, Speaking 5 (for courses that require IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each component)

*Register for this test - Please use the code ELLT60 to get a discounted test price of £60.00 

International School Qualifications

The qualifications listed below are valid where they are taken no more than 4 years* before the start date of your chosen programme of study.

*This is except for Indian qualifications and WASSCE, which are valid for 6 years.

Please note that the grades listed are equivalent to IELTS with 6.0 overall** and a minimum of 5.5 in each component

**Selected programmes require grades equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall

Qualification

Grade required (Minimum standards – courses may vary)

IGCSE English as a First Language

Grade C/4

IGCSE English as a Second Language

Grade C/4

International Baccalaureate: Literature

Grade 5 at SL or Grade 4 at HL

International Baccalaureate: Language

Grade 5 at SL or Grade 4 at HL

AS Level English Language or Literature

Grade D

A Level English Language or Literature

Grade D

Botswana (BGCSE)

Grade C

Brunei-Cambridge Certificate Education (CIE)

Grade C

Cameroon O Level

Grade B

Hong Kong (HKDSE)

Grade 4

Hong Kong (HKALE)

Grade D

India Standard XII English (CBSE and CISCE)

70%

India (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)

70%

India Standard XII English (CBSE and CISCE) - please note that this qualification is not accepted for students from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, who must provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as IELTS for UKVI.

70%

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

Grade C

Malawi (MSCE)

English 4

Malaysia (1119)

Grade C/6

Norway (Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole)

Grade 4

Singapore O Level

Grade B

Singapore A Level

Grade D

Singapore Integrated Programme (Literature in English H2 or English Language and Linguistics H2

Grade D

South Africa (NSC)

Level 5

Tanzania Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Grade C in English

Uganda Certificate of Education

Grade 6 in English

Zimbabwe Cambridge School Certificate / Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

Grade C

West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

C6

Do I need to provide evidence of my English language ability?

Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries and have completed high school or three years of education in their home country, will normally be exempt from providing additional evidence of their English language ability:

  • Antigua and Barbuda                 
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

*The University reserves the right to ask for additional evidence of English language if we have concerns about an applicant’s level of English.

For further information, contact internationaladmissions@ljmu.ac.uk.