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English Language Requirements

Programmes are taught through English at Waterford Institute of Technology (with the exception of some language-specific modules) therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language.  In addition to programme entry requirements, applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, as outlined below.

Please note that the policies as detailed on this webpage supersede any other published policies on admission to programmes at Waterford Institute of Technology.  

Minimum Standard for Undergraduate entry
 

Examining Body/Framework

Engineering, Health Sciences & Science

Business, Education & Humanities*

IELTS (Academic)

(International English Language Testing System)

5.5 IELTS

(minimum of 5 IELTS in each component)

6 IELTS

(minimum of 5 IELTS in each component)

TOEFL

(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

iBT 70 (min score of 15 in each  component)

CBT 196 (min score of 15 in each component)

iBT 80 (min score of 15 in each component)

CBT 213 (min score of 15 in each component)

TOEIC

(Test of English for International Communication)

605 660

Trinity College London

Trinity GESE 8 or ISE II Trinity GESE 9 or ISE II

Cambridge Exams

(University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)

FCE (High Grade C) FCE (Grade B)

Waterford Institute of Technology

(Certificate in English for Academic Study or the Certificate in Academic English)

Overall Pass Overall Pass

CEFR

(Common European Framework of Reference for  Languages) when awarded by a recognised awarding body

B2 High B2

PTE (Academic)

Pearson Test of English Academic

51 (minimum 46 in each component) 55 (minimum 46 in each component)

QQI FET

(English as a Second Language 5N1632)
Pass Merit

Please note: Other examinations and qualifications may be deemed equivalent and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

*Requirements for Culinary Arts programmes WD172, WD194, and HCULA: 5.5 IELTS (minimum of 5 IELTS in each component)

Minimum Standard for Postgraduate (taught and research) entry
 

Examining Body/Framework

Engineering, Health Sciences & Science** Business, Education & Humanities

IELTS (Academic)

(International English Language Testing System)

6 IELTS

6.5 IELTS

(min of 6 IELTS in each component)

TOEFL

(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

iBT 80 

CBT 213 

 

iBT 91 (min score of 18 in each component)

CBT 232 (min score of 18 in each component)

TOEIC

(Test of English for International Communication)

660 720

Trinity College London

Trinity GESE 9 or ISE II Trinity GESE 10 or ISE III

Cambridge Exams

(University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)

FCE (Grade B)

FCE (High Grade A)

CAE (Score of 58+)

CEFR

(Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) when awarded by a recognised awarding body

 

High B2 Low C1

PTE (Academic)

Pearson Test of English Academic

55 62 (minimum 55 in each component)

QQI FET

(English as a Second Language 5N1632)

Merit Distinction

Please note:  Other examinations and qualifications may be deemed equivalent and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

**Requirements for BSc (H) in Nursing Studies and BSc (H) in Nursing Studies for Clinical Practice: 6 IELTS (minimum of 6 IELTS in each component).

Minimum Standard for Foundation entry

 

Examining Body/Framework Certificate in English for Academic Study Certificate in Academic English

IELTS (Academic)

(International English Language Testing System)

4.5 IELTS 5 IELTS

TOEFL

(Test of English as a Foreign Language)

iBT 50

iBT 60

TOEIC

(Test of English for International Communication)

480 540

Cambridge Exams

(University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate)

PET (Pass with Merit) FCE (Grade C)

CEFR

(Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

B1 High B1

Please note:  Other examinations and qualifications may be deemed equivalent and are considered on a case-by-case basis.