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English Language Certification

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. Your first language is normally determined on the basis of nationality. If English is your first language, but you come from a country whose national language is not English, you are advised to make this clear on your application form; otherwise you will be treated as a non-English speaker.

The following types of test are acceptable (click the link to go to the relevant test provider's site):

  1. Leaving Certificate
    • Grade D3 or better in Ordinary level English
  2. TOEFL
    • Paper-based 570 (with a TWE score of 4.5)
    • Internet-based 90 (with a written score of 21)
  3. GCSE

    Grade C or better in English Language

  4. Pearons Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic
    • minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)
  5. Cambridge
    • Proficiency Grade C
    • Advanced Grade A
  6. IELTS
    • (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6


In the interests of fairness, the College policy is that other tests, testimonials, employer's references, CVs and other documentation of English proficiency are not normally acceptable. If you need to take a test, you are advised to book your place early, as demand can be high. Note that examination results are only valid for 2 years.