In order to be a successful applicant, you need to cover the UK universities' entry English Language requirements.
You will be asked to provide a CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) Certificate. If you don't have any of them you may be asked to attend internal English exams. There are 4 separate modules you may be asked to complete - Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening. Applicants who successfully complete the assessments will receive an unconditional offer. Applicants who are not successful are notified in writing with a rejection letter, sent electronically via email.
You will have an academic or an admission interview or you may have both. They will be conducted face to face and your answers will be recorded. During the academic one, you will demonstrate your English level. The admissions interview is designed to assess the credibility of the applicant.
- Academic Interview example:
|1||4-5 minutes||Introduction & Interview on Familiar Topics|
|2||3-4 minutes||Individual Long Turn or Extended Speaking
|3||4-5 minutes||Two-Way Discussion or Topic Discussion|
- Admission Interview example:
You will likely fail if:
- You cannot clearly communicate with the interviewer
- Your reasons and motivations to study are unclear
- You do not demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the programme you have chosen to study; how you will be studying; the university degree you have chosen and why; your personal statement; information about the references you have provided;
In the writing task, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. There is only one essay you will need to complete, writing no less than 250 words under a time limit of 40 minutes.
- Use paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph
- Do not repeat ideas using different words
- Do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this
- Focus on the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects
- Pay attention to the number of words required for the writing; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 250 words
- Learn to recognise how long 250 words look; you will not have time to count during the test
- You must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks
- Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes
- Avoid informal language
- Do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid
- Spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers
The listening module usually takes 40 minutes. There are several questions, separated in different sections. Sections get increasingly difficult. You will be given about 30 seconds to study the questions before the start of each section.
Type of questions:
- Multiple choices
- Short-answer question
- Sentence completion
- Labelling a diagram which has numbered parts
The reading test contains several reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there are different questions to answer. Though you can mark and write on the Question Paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer Sheet. Be aware that no extra time is given for transferring your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.
- Each section contains one long text
- Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest
- Texts are appropriate and accessible to candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration
- Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations