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Entry requirements: Pre-Masters Programme

Studying the Pre-Masters Programme

To join us at the LJMU International Study Centre, you must meet certain academic and English language criteria.

Our courses are available to students who are:

  • at least 20 years old when they join us
  • non-UK nationals.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen pathway programme, you can improve your skills with our English Language Preparation course.

Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students

Age: 20+

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5* (with minimum of 5.5 in all sub skills)

IELTS equivalents: If you do not have an IELTS test then with the combined visa, we can accept a number of IELTS equivalents which include:

  • IB: 4
  • GCSE: C
  • A Level: 

GCSE English

International Baccalaureate

A Level English

AS Level English

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Cambridge iGCSE English (First Language)

Cambridge iGCSE English (Second Language)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

BGCSE (Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education) English

Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (B-C GCE O Level) English

GCE O level

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Use of English (HKALE)

Standard XII English ISC and CBSE Boards

Standard XII English Maharashtra Board and Tamil Nadu and Kanataka

Standard XII English Andhra Pradesh and Kerala Boards with Karnataka Boards

Standard XII English West Bengal

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE).

Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)

Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119

Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) English pass

Singapore A Levels:

H1 Literature in English

H2 Literature in English

H2 English Language and Linguistics

Singapore O Level English

National Senior Certificate

Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) in English

West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) English

Senior School Certificate Education (SSCE) English

Zambia School Certificate English

Cambridge School Certificate / Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

Academic entry requirements

A recognised first degree. Please see below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Bangladesh3 Year + Bachelor's Degree only: 45% overall. Fazil degree not accepted.
China (Mainland)Full time studies Bachelor's degree (Max 1 year internship accepted): 60%+ overall
Full time studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate/Full time studies Junior College Diploma (Max 1 year internship accepted):r 60% overall
China (Hong Kong)Recognised first degree in related subject area
China (Macau)Recognised first degree GPA 2.0 in related subject area
GhanaRecognised first degree or 4 year HND in related subject area
IndiaRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree at 40% or above, 4 year degree in Professional subjects (listed NARIC) minimum pass
IndonesiaRecognised first degree or D3/D4 Diploma
JapanRecognised first degree with 50%
KazakhstanRecognised first degree, Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years)
KoreaRecognised first degree - 60%, grade D, GPA 1.0
MalaysiaRecognised first degree
Nepal3 year Bachelor’s degree: 45% overall
NigeriaRecognised first degree or 4 year HND in a related subject area
Pakistan3 Year Bachelor's Degree: 45% overall - 4 Years: Pass
RussiaRecognised first degree or a Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh (4-5 years)
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree, GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
Sri Lanka3 Year + Bachelor's Degree: 45% overall
Taiwan5 year Junior College Diploma holders
ThailandRecognised Bachelor degree
TurkeyLisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi with a GPA 2.0 from all schools
UAERecognised first degree, GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
UkraineRecognised first degree, Bakavalar, Specialist Diploma or Ukrainian Diploma (4-5 years)
VietnamRecognised first degree with GPA 6.0

For the Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Management and Law, you may hold a degree that is not necessarily related to the programmes you are aiming to progress to.
For the Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Computing, you will need to hold a degree that is in a related area and has Maths content.

You can start your studies with a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic (non-UKVI) / Online
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI)
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/ Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Oxford Test of English
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