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English Requirements

The language of instruction at Birmingham City University International College (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.

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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
  • You can demonstrate where you have studied in a majority English language speaking country, as defined by the UKVI
  • You have graduated in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree.

For a full list of accepted English language qualifications, visit the Birmingham City University (BCU) website.

BCU English tests

If you don’t have an accepted English language qualification and need to take a new test, BCUIC accepts BCU 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 the BCU English language tests page for details about dates and locations.

Pre-Sessional English

If your English language is not at the required level for your chosen academic programme, you can enrol onto a Pre-Sessional English course at BCU. Training is available either online or face-to-face.

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