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English Language Centre

Entry Requirements

Studying for a degree at Durham (or at any other British university) requires significant proficiency in English. Whether you are a prospective undergraduate or postgraduate, you will be required to have a sufficient level of English to be accepted onto your chosen course of study.

Academic departments set minimum entry language requirements for their degree courses. They also set, in collaboration with the English Language Centre, minimum entry requirements for Pre-Sessional. These are given below in relation to the levels required for direct entry by Durham departments. This level will be stated on your degree programme offer letter.

Business School students: please note that entry levels onto Pre-Sessional programmes may be slightly higher than given here.

 Departmental Entry requirement

 

32 wk Pre-Sessional (subject to approval)

22 wk Pre-Sessional

12 wk Pre-Sessional

8 wk Pre-Sessional

4 wk Pre-Sessional

(PARSE**)

For Direct entry 7.0 (no element under 7.0):

IELTS

5.5 (no element under 5)

5.5 (no element under 5.5)

6.5 (no element under 6.0)

6.5 (no element under 6.5)

7.0 (no element under 6.5)

 

TOEFL iBT

64 (writing 15; reading 12)

64 (Writing + Speaking: 19; Reading + Listening: 13)

92 (no element under 23)

94 (Writing: 25; others: 23)

102 (no element under 25)

 

PTE

53 (no element under 48)

53 (no element under 53)

62 (no element under 56)

62 (no element under 62)

70 (no element under 62)

MA TESOL and MA Applied Language Studies - for Direct entry 7.0 (no element under 7.0):

IELTS

 5.5 (no element under 5.5)

6.0 (with only one element at 5.5 and no other element under 6.0)

 

6.5 (no element under 6.0)

6.5 (with only one element at 6.0 and no other element under 6.5)

7.0 (no element under 6.5)

 

TOEFL iBT

 60 (Writing: 20; speaking:17, Reading + Listening:12

77 (Writing: 23; others at 19 with one element at 16 or above)

83 (Writing 23: no element under 20)

88 (Writing: 23; others at 23 with one element at 19

94 (Writing: 25 and no otherelement under 23)

 

PTE

 53 (no element under 53)

56 (with only one element between 53-56 and no other elements under 56)

62 (no element under 56)

62 (with one element between 56-62 and no other elements under 62)

70 (no element under 62)

For Direct entry 7.0 (no element under 6.5):

IELTS

5.5 (no element under 5)

5.5 (no element under 5.5)

6.0 (no element under 6.0)

6.5 (no element under 6.0)

7.0 (no element under 6.0)

 

TOEFL iBT

64 (writing 15; reading 12)

64 (Writing + Speaking: 19; Reading + Listening: 13)

80 (Writing: 23; others: 19)

92 (no element under 23)

102 (no element under 23)

 

PTE

53 (no element under 48)

53 (no element under 53)

56 (no element under 56)

62 (no element under 56)

70 (no element under 56)

For Direct entry 7.0 (no element under 6.0):

IELTS

5 (no element under 5)

5.5 (no element under 5)

6.0 (no element under 5.5)

6.0 (no element under 6.0)

6.5 (no element under 6.0)

 

 

 

 

TOEFL iBT

52 (writing 15; reading 12)

64 (writing 19; reading 12)

72 (Writing + Speaking: 20; Reading + Listening: 16)

80 (Writing: 23; others: 19)

92 (no element under 23)

 

PTE

48 (no element under 48)

53 (no element under 48)

56 (no element under 53)

56 (no element under 56)

62 (no element under 56)

For Direct entry 6.5 (no element under 6.5):

IELTS

5 (no element under 5)

5.5 (writing 5.5; no element under 5)

6.0 (Writing 6.0; no element under 5.5)

6.0 (no element under 6.0)

6.5 (no element under 6.0)

 

TOEFL iBT

52 (writing 15; reading 12)

64 (writing 19; reading 12)

75 (Writing: 23; Speaking: 20; Reading + Listening: 16)

80 (Writing: 23; others: 19)

92 (no element under 23)

 

PTE

48 (no element under 48)

53 (writing 53; no element under 48)

56 (writing 56; no element under 53)

56 (no element under 56)

62 (no element under 56)

For Direct entry 6.5 (no element under 6.0):

IELTS

5 (no element under 4.5)

5 (no element under 5)

5.5 (no element under 5.5)

6.0 (no element under 5.5)

6.0 (no element under 6.0)

 

TOEFL iBT

52 (writing 14; reading 10)

52 (writing 15; reading 12)

64 (Writing + Speaking: 19; Reading + Listening: 13)

72 (Writing + Speaking: 20; Reading + Listening: 16)

80 (Writing: 23; others: 19)

PTE

48 (no element under 43)

48 (no element under 48)

53 (no element under 53)

56 (no element under 53)

56 (no element under 56)

<span >Special Notes

  1. If you receive an offer for the four-week pre-sessional course, please note that your achievement on this course will not be made a condition of entry. Acceptance onto the one-month Pre-Sessional course means you will proceed onto your degree programme automatically. You will receive a single CAS, to cover you for both your Pre-Sessional course and your degree programme.
  2. Successful completion of a Pre-Sessional programme for students normally requires the student to achieve a Pre-Sessional exit grade of 'B' or higher..

 ** PARSE = Preparatory Academic Research Skills & English

 

Foundation Centre Applicants

There is no pre-Foundation Pre-Sessional this year (summer 2013). You may be able to join the main Pre-Sessional programme, however, depending on your level and academic background. Please contact the Foundation Centre directly for advice.

Important Additional Notes:

i) We cannot accept IELTS (TOEFL, etc) certificates with test dates that are more than 24 months before the proposed date of entry onto a Durham degree programme. Candidates with English language certificates more than two years old will be asked to retake a recognised test (usually IELTS) before their Pre-Sessional offer is made. This is also now a UKBA visa requirement.

ii) With the exception of Foundation students, we are usually unable to accept any student onto a Durham Pre-Sessional programme with an overall English level lower than IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. In our experience, students below this level require 6 months to a year (or more) of dedicated language study in order to be ready for their chosen Durham degree.

If your level is indeed lower than IELTS 5.5, please see information on the year-round academic literacy course available at the English Language Centre during term time. This course will be a better option for you until you reach the minimum entry requirements for a Pre-sessional programme.