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Upper Year English Language Requirements

  • English is the language of instruction at the BISC.
  • Candidates must be able to communicate competently in both oral and written English to succeed.
  • All ESL students will have access to regular language and cultural support sessions delivered by a trained instructor.
  • UK Visas and Immigration does not set language requirements for students entering the UK on a Student Visitor Visa (for studies shorter than 6 months). However the BISC requires students on a Student Visitor Visas to obtain a Level B2 (IELTS 6.5) overall score, with no component lower than a 6.0.
  • Students MUST take the IELTS Academic test. TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
  • We will consider applicants who do not meet the BISC requirements on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will have their language ability assessed during a Skype interview. Students not meeting the language requirements will only take 4 courses and will participate in our ESL support program to guarantee their success and enjoyment of the program.
  • Pearson tests taken on or before April 5 2015 may only be used for admission purposes until November 5 2015. Students must have achieved a minimum overall score of 75 (CEFR Level B2).  
  • Find out more about the IELTS test, available test centres and a list of exceptions for proving knowledge of English.


UKVI Required Score

BISC Required Score

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module 



No minimum level

CEFR Level B2

6.5 overall with no component lower than 6.0


Note: Test results must be in the form of an official transcript mailed directly to Queen's University Undergraduate Admission from the Testing Centre; an applicant's copy is not acceptable. IELTS test results are only valid for two years.