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Entry requirements for Pre-sessional courses

Find out the minimum entry requirements and accepted English language tests for the 2023 Pre-sessional courses.

Accepted tests

Secure English Language Test (SELT)

Our Pre-sessional English (PSE) courses in 2023 will take place in-person on our campus at the University of Bath.

If you need a PSE course via the standalone pathway you must provide a SELT.

Non-SELT language tests are not valid for the standalone Pre-sessional course.

Accepted SELT tests are:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

Non-SELT tests

If you receive a combined offer for the 2023 Pre-sessional course, you are advised to apply with a SELT, but you can also submit these additional tests:

  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearsons PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  • LanguageCert
  • Indian XIIth Standard (all boards) and Bachelors taught in English
  • Trinity College London
  • Duolingo (separate table)

The following tables show the equivalents to IELTS in alternative tests.

If your qualification is not listed, please email english@bath.ac.uk and we will advise you.

Entry requirements

Test accepted
IELTS IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each band IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each band
Below are the approximate equivalents to IELTS in:
IELTS Indicator IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each band IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each band IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each band IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each band
Pearsons PTE Academic 55 with no less than 51 in any component 59 with no less than 51 in any component 62 with no less than 59 in any component 69 with no less than 62 in any component 69 with no less than 69 in any component
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 72 overall with no less than 15 in any one component 72 overall with no less than 17 in listening and writing, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking 90 overall with no less than 21 in any element 100 overall with no less than 24 in any element 100 overall with no less than 27 in any element
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator Pass B2 Communicator Pass B2 Communicator High Pass C1 Expert Pass C1 Expert Pass
Indian XIIth Standard (all boards) + Bachelors taught in English 65% 70% 75% 75% 80%
Trinity College London ISE II with Pass in all four components ISE II with Distinction in all four components ISE III with Pass in all four components ISE III with Merit in all four components ISE III Distinction in writing and one other component and Merit in two components

Duolingo - minimum overall score and subscores

IELTS Duolingo overall score Literacy subscore Comprehension subscore Conversation subscore Production subscore
IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component 80 80 90 70 60
IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component 90 90 100 80 70
IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component 100 100 110 90 80
IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component 110 110 120 100 85
IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component 120 120 130 115 100
IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each component 125 125 135 120 105

Enquiries

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