English Language

English language requirements

The language of instruction at BCUIC is English. To gain entry onto an undergraduate or postgraduate pathway, you must be able to demonstrate you have a suitable level of English proficiency.


For Foundation or Pre-Master's: 5.5 (minimum 5.5)

For First Year: 6.0 (minimum 5.5)



Please note that, where appropriate (such as where you have obtained the relevant score), BCUIC will exempt the need for IELTS if you have taken local examinations in English – such as WAEC, CBSE, HKDSE, GCSE or A-level – or if you can demonstrate where you have studied in a majority English language speaking country, as defined by the UKVI. If you have graduated with a UK Bachelor’s degree, you are also exempt from needing IELTS.

Visit this page for a full list of accepted English language qualifications.


Birmingham City University English tests

BCUIC also accepts Birmingham City University English tests in lieu of IELTS and other English qualifications. These tests are cheaper than IELTS and are available throughout the year, both in the UK and overseas.

Visit this page for details about dates and locations.


Pre-Sessional English courses

If you have not achieved these scores, you can enrol on one of the Pre-Sessional English courses below.

Course BCUIC Foundation and Pre-Master’s
Exit level: 5.5 (minimum 5.5)
BCUIC First Year
Exit level: 6.0 (minimum 5.5)
Start points

16-week Pre-Sessional English

4.0 (minimum 4.0)

4.5 (one band no less than 4.0, other bands no less than 4.5)

May, September

10-week Pre-Sessional English

4.5 (minimum 4.5)

5.0 (minimum 4.5)

February, July, October

6-week Pre-Sessional English

5.0 (minimum 5.0)

5.5 (minimum 5.0)

March, July, November

English language training is conducted by Birmingham City University.


UK English Levels

We have provided this calculator to help establish the entry level for a student based on their current English Certificate.

It asks for the title and date of the test and uses that information to show the available entry levels for UK study.