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Regional based qualifications

These qualifications are deemed to be equivalent to English GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above and are suitable for entry into all University of Salford courses at degree level or above.  

The University accepts the following qualifications as proof of English for Tier 4 visa sponsorship purposes and applicants will not require an additional SELT.

Region / Country Qualification               Criteria    
Worldwide GCSE English
(all UK boards)
Grade C
Worldwide iGCSE English Grade C or above
Worldwide O Level English
(all UK boards)
Grade C
WorldwideA Level English
(all UK boards)
Grade E
WorldwideAS Level English
(all UK boards)
Grade E
WorldwideInternational BaccalaureateEnglish higher A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 or English standard at 5/6/6 (out of 7)
WorldwideTOEFL IBT79 overall including minimum Listening - 17, Reading - 18, Writing - 17, Speaking - 20
WorldwidePearsons
(UG & PG only)
61 = 6.5, 56 = 6.0, 51 = 5.5
WorldwideNCUK – all programmesEAP D overall, with no components below D; or EAP C overall, with no components below E, and a maximum of one component at E
WorldwideINTO FoundationEAP D (see NCUK)
WorldwideKaplan International College - Foundation Year / Pre-Masters60% in English with all components 55% or above
WorldwideUniversity of Michigan- Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)ECCE test takers will receive a scaled numeric score for all four sections. Test takers who achieve an average score of 650 or higher will be awarded a certificate. Additionally, ECCE test takers who achieve a scoreof 840 or higher in all four sections will be awarded a Certificate of Competency with Honours.
AnguillaCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

Antigua and Barbuda Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Australia Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
AustriaReifeprufung / MaturaEnglish subject – Mark of 2 / Gut
(The) Bahamas Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Barbados Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Belize Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
BermudaCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

British Antarctic TerritoryCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

British Indian Ocean TerritoryCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

British Virgin IslandsCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

Brunei DarussalamCambridge O-Level English LanguageGrade C6 or above
BulgariaDiploma of Completed Secondary EducationEnglish subject – pass (grade 3 or above)
Canada Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Cayman IslandsCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

ChinaSino-British College International DiplomaPass including minimum EAP D
CyprusApolyterion15 or above in English
Dominica Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Falklands IslandsCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

FranceInternational Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB)MUST be the English Language Stream - Pass in the OIB
GermanyAbitur10 or above in English Language
GhanaWAEC/WASSCE English LanguageGrade C6 or above
GibraltarCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

Grenada Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
GreeceApolytirion – English subject15 or above
Guyana Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Hong KongHKALE Use of EnglishGrade D or above
Hong KongHKCEE (Syllabus B)Grade C or above
Hong KongHKDSEGrade 4 or above
IndiaStandard XII: English (only when award from CBSE or CISCE)70% or above
Jamaica Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English as a First LanguageGrade C or above
MalaysiaSPM 1119 English (Bahasa Inggeris)Grade C or above on the UCLES O level grade (or grade 6C or above if taken between 2000-2009)
MauritiusCambridge High School Certificate (includes O Level/iGCSE EnglishGrade C or above
MontserratCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

New Zealand Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
NorwayVitnemal4 or above in English Language
NigeriaWAEC/NECO English LanguageGrade C6 or above; or Pass in GNS 1 and 2
Pitcairn IslandsCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

PolandMatura70% or above in English Language
Republic of IrelandIrish degreeSuccessful completion of Irish Masters degree; or Irish Bachelors degree
SingaporeO level 
Sri LankaSri Lankan O Level EnglishCredit or above

St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

St Kitts & Nevis Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
St Lucia Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
St Vincent & the Grenadine’s Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

TanzaniaCertificate of Secondary Education (Also known as Certificate of Secondary Education Examination or CSEE)Grade C or above
Trinidad & Tobago Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
Turks & CaicosCaribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent 12 year Secondary Education Qualification in English

Grade III in English Language

UgandaUganda Certificate of Education (UCE)Grade 1-6
United KingdomUK Bachelors degree / UK Masters degreeSuccessful completion
United States of America Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve
West AfricaWAEC/WASSCE English LanguageGrade C6 or above