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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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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.
  • For students who will be attending the BISC on a Student Visitor Visa (for studies shorter than 6 months) the minimum standard for entrance into the UK is Level B2, however the BISC requires a Level C1 (IELTS 7.0) score for admission. Students MUST take the IELTS Academic test. TOEFL scores will not be accepted.
  • 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 76 (CEFR Level C1).  
  • 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 



CEFR Level B2

6.5 Listening

6.5 Speaking

6.5 Reading

6.5 Writing

CEFR Level C1

7.0 Listening

7.0 Speaking

7.0 Reading

7.0 Writing


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.