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Learning and Teaching Handbook

1.3.3.2: Acceptable Evidence of Achievement

1. Acceptable evidence of achievement will be required for all of the accepted English Language proficiency tests listed above. For advice on acceptable evidence, please contact the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office.

2. All evidence must be independently verified by staff within the University and copies must be retained, for reference and in case of dispute, in accordance with the Records Management policy of the University. IELTS and TOEFL iBT scores should not be accepted without additional information being provided on component scores. See the tables in Sections 1.3.3.1, 1.3.3.3 and 1.3.3.4 for details of component score requirements.

3. Foundation programme certificates cannot be used as accepted evidence unless they clearly state the level of English language competency that the student has at the point at which they exit the programme. If it is not clearly stated whether or not the foundation programme meets Durham University's English language entry requirements, guidance should be sought from the International Office.

4. Applicants whose entry qualifications were taught entirely in English in one of the countries listed in 1.3.1 are not required to submit separate evidence of English language competency. However, the transcript or award certificate must state that the qualification was taught in English or, failing this, written confirmation must be obtained directly from the awarding institution of this fact. The qualification must have been awarded within 2 years of the start date of the applicant’s programme.