There is now less than three months to go until many of our programmes start. This is very exciting and as such, we want to make sure that you are prepared and in a position to start the programme on the first day of term.

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To help with this preparation, we encourage you to start thinking about how and when you are going to meet your English language condition if you have one. As there is often high demand for places on tests such as IELTS over the summer months, it is important that you start preparing as early as possible! If you are not sure what test to take, please make sure you have had a look at the English language requirements page as this provides detailed information about the tests that we accept and the level that we require.

Preparing for your English Language Test

Many of the English language test providers offer free online resources such as practice tests, test tutorials and short courses to help you with your test preparation. Depending on what test you are planning on taking, you should find the following sites useful:

 British Council IELTS and Future Learn open up a free, six-week online course Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests which offers test preparation guidance from ‘a video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators’ as stated on the FutureLearn website. Whilst completion of the course can’t be used to satisfy the Business School’s English language requirement, it should prove useful whilst you prepare to take the test. 

Changes to TOEFL 2019

The TOEFL programme recently announced the addition of ‘My Best Scores’ to TOEFL iBT’ score reports, starting from August 2019. You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.

Satisfying your offer condition


Admitted students should aim to meet the conditions of their offer by 2 August 2019. If you require a visa, it is advisable to aim to meet your conditions as early as possible to ensure that there is enough time to prepare for a visa application once CAS’s begin to be issued. As such, when booking your test, please keep in mind that the processing times for results vary between test provider. On their website, IELTS list a 13 day processing time, TOEFL iBT lists a processing time of approximately 10 days and PTE advise you to contact them if you have not received a result within five days.

If you have booked a test, good luck! If you have not yet booked a test, please try and do this as soon as possible. Finally, if you have completed a test that satisfies our English language requirement, please have a look at the Next Steps page to see how and where to submit your results.

We hope to see you all in a few months’ time!