What level of English do I need?

Applicants for all courses are required to demonstrate competence in English Language to meet the College’s entry criteria.


As part of the ABI College assessment process, every potential student will undertake a test that will assess the student’s English literacy, comprehension and reading skills. If a student successfully passes the English Language B2 Level (or equivalent) requirements, they will be invited for a personal interview.


In general, students must have a minimum of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2, or 5.5 – 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) framework.


All students applying to Plymouth Marjon University for an Undergraduate programme must have a minimum of GCSE English Language Grade C or an equivalent qualification. The qualifications accepted by the University are available at this link: https://www.marjon.ac.uk/courses/applying/english-language-requirements/


B2 Level

Level B2 corresponds to independent users of the language, i.e. those who have the necessary fluency to communicate without effort with native speakers. It is important to bear in mind that the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) is the system that defines and explains the different levels of oral and written expression and comprehension for languages such as English. It consists of 6 levels of reference: three blocks (A or basic user, B or independent user and C or proficient user), which are in turn divided into two sublevels, 1 and 2.

B2 level competencies:

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

For B2 Level courses and exams please find more information on: https://www.britishcouncil.es/en/english/levels/b2

For B2 sample practice exams, please visit:

Quick Check Test: https://www.englishtag.com/tests/level_test_upper_intermediate_B2.asp

Reading Exercise: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/category/language-level/b2


Other standards approximately equivalent to CEFR B2

  • IELTS: 5.5-6.5 (Reading and Writing must be at 5.5)
  • TOEFL: 87 to 109
  • TOEIC: 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading)
  • PTE 51
  • City and Guilds: Communicator
  • Cambridge Exam: CAE (45 to 59) / FCE grade B or C / PET Pass with Distinction
  • British general qualifications: GCE A-Level (known as A2)

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