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International entry requirements

Liverpool has a long history of welcoming international students to its community.

To help ease your journey, we have compiled some country specific information for you so that you may better understand our entry requirements and who you can contact in Liverpool for extra advice and support.

English language requirements.

For those starting at Liverpool John Moores University in 2020, due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we will also consider the following as evidence of English Language proficiency for this intake:

  • TOEFL IBT ‘Home’ Test
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test
  • Language Cert ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • IELTS Indicator

LJMU reserves the right to change the evidence it will accept for English Language proficiency, the information on this page should be used as guidance only.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid where they are taken no more than two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study.  Component scores must be met fully through one sitting of the test; we cannot combine scores from multiple certificates.

Qualification

Grade required

IELTS (register here)

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TOEFL IB (register here)

78 Overall with R18, W17, L17, S20

Pearson PTE (register here)

57 Overall with no skill below 51

Cambridge CPE (register here)

Grade C

Cambridge CAE (register here)

Grade C or Minimum of 169 with no skill less than 162

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level IV (more information here)

Pass in all Skills

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III (more information here)

Pass in all Skills

Duolingo English Test (DET) (register here)

Overall Score:

IELTS 6.0 (min 5.5) = Duolingo 100-109

IELTS 6.5 (min 6.0) = Duolingo 110-119

Language Cert (register here)

To be confirmed

NCUK English Language Test (visit NCUK to register)

Password score of 6.0 

International School Qualifications

The qualifications listed below are valid where they are taken no more than 4 years* before the start date of your chosen programme of study.

*This is except for Indian qualifications and WASSCE, which are valid for 6 years.

Please note that the grades listed are equivalent to IELTS with 6.0 overall** and a minimum of 5.5 in each component

**Selected programmes require grades equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall

Qualification

Requirement

Botswana (BGCSE)

Grade C

Brunei-Cambridge Certificate Education (CIE)

Grade C

Cameroon O Level

Grade B

Hong Kong (HKDSE)

Grade 4

Hong Kong (HKALE)

Grade D

India Standard XII English (CBSE & CISCE)

70%

India (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka)

70%

India Standard XII English (West Bengal)

70%

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

Grade C

Malawi (MSCE)

English 4

Malaysia (1119)

Grade C/6

Norway (Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole)

Grade 4

Singapore O Level

Grade B

Singapore A Level

Grade D

Singapore Integrated Programme (Literature in English H2 or English Language and Linguistics H2

Grade D

South Africa (NSC)

Level 5

Tanzania Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Grade C in English

Uganda Certificate of Education

Grade 6 in English

Zimbabwe Cambridge School Certificate / Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

C6

Do I need to provide evidence of my English language ability?

Applicants who are nationals of one of the following countries and have completed high school or three years of education in their home country, will normally be exempt from providing additional evidence of their English language ability:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica 
  • Malawi
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA
  • Zambia

*The University reserves the right to ask for additional evidence of English language if we have concerns about an applicant’s level of English

For further information, contact internationaladmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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There may be other English language qualifications we can accept, depending on the exam board and period of time in which they were achieved. If you are unsure if you are in receipt of a suitable English language qualification and would like us to consider it, please attach the relevant documents to your application and we will assess this for you.

Scholarships

Undergraduate

Generous undergraduate scholarships are available to exceptional new students joining the University each year, including students progressing from the LJMU International Study Centre. Take a look at the eligibility criteria and application details.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate scholarships are available to exceptional new students joining the University each year, including students progressing from the LJMU International Study Centre. The Scholarships take the form of full or partial tuition fee waivers. Take a look at the eligibility criteria and application details.

Meet us in your country

Throughout the academic year, we frequently travel to other countries to visit students interested in pursuing their education in the UK. We may be visiting a city near you in the coming months, so be sure to keep up to date with our travel plans in our events pages. There, you will also find a list of contacts in our recruitment team who would be happy to discuss your study options with you.