All international students with IELTS of below 6.5 study Academic English alongside their main academic programme

Abbey College Manchester Academic English

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 is 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

Overall IELTS Requirement


One Year 4.5/5.0
18 Month 4.0/4.5
Two Year 3.5/4.0


Two Year 5.5 for a restricted choice of subjects
6.0 for a full choice of subjects
Three Year 4.0/4.5

International Foundation Programmes

One Year

Business 5.0
Creative Arts 5.0
Engineering 5.0
Humanities 6.0
Medicine 6.5
Science 5.0

18 Month

Business 4.5
Creative Arts 4.5
Engineering 4.5
Humanities 5.5
Medicine 6.0
Science 4.5

Two Year

Business 4.0/4.5
Creative Arts 4.0/4.5
Engineering 4.0/4.5
Humanities 5.0/5.5
Science 4.0/4.5