Studying English

English language

If English is not your first language you will need an internationally recognised English language qualification such as IELTS in order to study at Liverpool John Moores University.

Minimum scores required by LJMU:

Type of programme

IELTS overall score

International Foundation Programme

4.5

Undergraduate degrees

6.0

Postgraduate degrees

6.5

Please note: specific course requirements may differ from the scores listed; check the relevant course fact files or contact the International Recruitment Team.

You can raise the standard of your English by up to 1.5 IELTS or equivalent by attending one of the English language pre-sessional courses at LJMU.

Comparison of English Language Test Scores

LJMU will use these comparisons to ascertain whether candidates have met the level required in their conditional offer. Candidates who need a Tier 4 student visa in order to take up their place will need to also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

CEFR

Component

IELTS

Pearson PTE

EUPS*

B2

Listening

5.5

51

55


Reading

5.5

51

55


Speaking

5.5

51

55


Writing

5.5

51

55


Total

5.5

51

55


Listening

6.0

56

60


Reading

6.0

56

60


Speaking

6.0

56

60


Writing

6.0

56

60


Total

6.0

56

60


Listening

6.5

61

65


Reading

6.5

61

65


Speaking

6.5

61

65


Writing

6.5

61

65


Total

6.5

61

65

C1

Listening

7.0

67

70


Reading

7.0

67

70


Speaking

7.0

67

70


Writing

7.0

67

70


Total

7.0

67

70


Listening

7.5

72

75


Reading

7.5

72

75


Speaking

7.5

72

75


Writing

7.5

72

75


Total

7.5

72

75

*EUPS is the LJMU English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies programme

Please note: for UKVI purposes a minimum of 5.5 IELTS/ 55% EUPS is required in each component (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This minimum requirement is higher for some programmes: for details please refer to your specific course entry requirements.

Things to keep in mind

  • You will also need to meet minimum individual component scores as set by UKVI
  • You will need to provide a certificate of an English language test taken within 2 years of the start date for your programme
  • LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate equivalent score

View the full list of UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELTs)

Self study

  • Raise your level of English as much as possible before you leave home
  • Practise speaking, reading, writing and listening to English regularly. There are lots of useful resources online, for example the Learning English website from the World Service.

English language support from LJMU

English courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students

If you’ve been offered a place on an LJMU programme you can take up an English course with the aim of preparing you for your degree course.

As part of your conditional offer, you may be required to attend an English Language Preparation course for either a six, twelve or twenty week programme of study. The courses are full time (21 hours per week) and you’ll be assessed weekly. Further information, including how to apply, is available from the International Study Centre's website.

Courses:

Courses take place at:
International Study Centre
Rodney House
1st Floor, 70 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool, L3 5UX

The conditional offer made by LJMU will make it clear which programme the applicant is required to attend and full details will be given to the applicant as part of our offer. This will depend on the level of English already achieved and the English language entry criteria demanded by the chosen course of study.

For example a student holding a minimum of IELTS 5.5 who wishes to proceed to a programme of study requiring IELTS 7.0 will be required to complete a set number of weeks at the request of the admissions team here at LJMU.

What you’ll learn:

  • Language analysis
  • Academic skills-reading
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Listening and note-taking
  • Writing paragraphs and summaries
  • Interpreting and describing trends
  • Giving presentations

How to apply

The English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies programmes are only available to students who have been referred through the LJMU admissions office. Students who are eligible to join the English course will receive details with their offer letter.

Continue your learning

Once enrolled at LJMU you can attend English language courses to help you with your academic writing and communications skills. See our Study Support section.