Our English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we will also accept English in the following school leaving qualifications.

If you obtained the qualification outside the validity period it may still be possible to accept you if you have undertaken further study or worked in the medium of English since taking the test. See below for further details.

Qualification Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Equivalent to IELTS 6.5 Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 Validity Period
Botswana: Ordinary level  C C C 3 and a half years
Brunei: Cambridge O Level (1120)  C 6 C 5 B 4 3 and a half years
Cameroon: Ordinary level  C C C 3 and a half years
Canada: Year 11 certificate  pass pass pass 3 and a half years
Gambia: West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WAASC C6 C5 C4 3 and a half years
Ghana West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WAASC C6 C5 C4 3 and a half years
Hong Kong: Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 3 overall 4 overall 5 overall 3 and a half years
Hong Kong: HKCEE 3 or above 3 or above 3 or above 3 and a half years
India: Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) from (CBSE) orIndian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) from (CISCE); or Indian School Certificate (ISC) from (CISCE) 70% 75% 80% 3 and a half years
Kenya: Certificate of Secondary Education C C C 3 and a half years
Liberia: West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) from The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) C6 C5 C4 3 and a half years
Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) from Malawi National Examinations Board (MNEB) 6 5 4 3 and a half years
Malaysia: Cambridge O Level (1119) or STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia) = Malaysia Higher School Certificate C C B 3 and a half years
Mauritius: Cambridge O Level (1125)  C C B 3 and a half years
Namibia: Senior Certificate C     3 and a half years
Nigeria: West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WAASC C6 C5 C4 3 and a half years
Nigeria: Senior School Certificate (SSC) from National Examinations Council (NECO) C5 C4 B3 3 and a half years
Sierra Leone: West African Examinations Council (WAEC) WAASC C6 C5 C4 3 and a half years
Singapore: Cambridge O Level (1127)  C 6 C 5 B 4 3 and a half years
South Africa: National Senior Certificate (NSC) 4 5 6 3 and a half years
Tanzania: Certificate of Secondary Education C C C 3 and a half years
Uganda Certificate of Education C C C 3 and a half years
USA: High School Diploma C C C 3 and a half years
Zambia: School Certificate C 6 C 5 B 4 3 and a half years
Zimbabwe: General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level C C B 3 and a half years

Although the above tests are acceptable for admission to the University, you may be asked to sit a further English test on arrival to assess whether any additional English language support may be needed.

 

Validity Period

All tests and qualifications must have been obtained within a set number of years before starting your course with us (usually 2 to 4 years). If you hold one of the approved tests or qualifications listed above which met standard programme requirements, but it was obtained outside the valid period it may still be possible to accept you if you have continued to study or work in the medium of English since taking the test.

For example:

  • If you have studied at secondary or undergraduate level through the medium of English within 3 ½ years of the programme start date – please provide us with a letter or certificate from the school or college confirming the study was in English and the qualification you obtained;
  • If you have studied 2 years of a degree or 1 year of postgraduate study at NQF level 7 or above through the medium of English within 3 ½ years of the programme start date - please provide us with a letter or certificate from the school or college confirming the study was in English;
  • If you have worked in a Majority English Speaking Country for a significant amount of time since completing your approved English test or qualification – please provide a detailed cv outlining the nature of the work;
  • If you have worked in any other country through the medium of English for a significant amount of time since completing your approved English test or qualification it might be possible to exempt you from another English test - please provide us with a reference from your employer confirming that you have worked in a formal capacity in English using the form below so that we can make an assessment:

Employer English Language Referee Report Form