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Academic English

All international students with IELTS of below 6.5 study this alongside their main academic programme.
Academic English at Abbey College Manchester

Abbey College Manchester teaches Academic English through a dedicated department and the aim is to prepare international students for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which are required and recognised by all UK universities.

All international students whose first language is not English are required to attend Academic English classes unless their IELTS score is 6.5 or over or alternatively is sufficient for their university of choice. The classes are embedded into all students’ main academic programme of study.

Teaching focuses on meeting the needs and aspirations of international students and developing their academic English skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Download the IELTS subject information here.

The IELTS requirements for entry onto our programmes of study are shown in the table below:

Programme of Study IELTS Requirement
GCSEs
Two Year IELTS 3.5/4.0 overall
18 Month IELTS 4.0/4.5 overall
One Year IELTS 4.5 overall
A-Levels
Two Year IELTS 5.5 overall (preferably in each component) for a restricted choice of subjects
IELTS 6.0 overall (preferably in each component) for a full choice of subjects
Three Year Three tier entry IELTS 3.5 – 4.5 to increase IELTS; this programme is designed for students who wish to study a full A-Level Programme at a slightly slower pace and achieve this Level 3 qualification over three years.
International Foundation Programmes
Two Year
Business or Engineering IELTS 4.5 overall (no less than 4.0 in each component)
Science or Humanities IELTS 4.5 overall (no less than 4.0 in each component)
18 Month
Business or Engineering IELTS 4.5 overall (no less than 4.0 in each component)
Science or Humanities IELTS 5.0 overall (no less than 4.5 in each component)
Medicine IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in each component)
One Year
Business or Engineering IELTS 5.0 overall (no less than 4.5 in each component)
Science or Humanities IELTS 5.5 overall (no less than 5.0 in each component)
Medicine IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in each component)
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