Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Press release from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

New admissions rules to boost opportunities 
for overseas students at UK Universities
17 June 2010 International students planning to study at UK universities can now use English language certificates to gain UCAS Tariff points – in the same way as they have traditionally done with ‘A’ Levels. The inclusion of Cambridge ESOL examinations in the UCAS Tariff will significantly boost opportunities for thousands of overseas students coming to UK universities each year.
Under the new arrangements announced today, overseas students applying to UK universities in 2011 will be able to gain valuable UCAS Tariff points if they hold selected high level English tests from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
The two Cambridge English language certificates that will be accepted are Cambridge ESOL’s Advanced and Proficiency which have become an internationally recognised standard of language ability in a range of sectors.


UCAS points awarded for Cambridge English Certificates:

English Exam 
and grade required
How many UCAS points will this earn students?
How does this 
compare to ‘A’ Levels
Cambridge English: 
Proficiency grade A
140 UCAS points
Equivalent to 
an A* at A Level
Cambridge English: 
Proficiency grade B
110 Points
Equivalent to the midpoint
between A Level Grade A and B.
Cambridge English: 
Proficiency 
grade C and
Cambridge English:
Advanced grade A
70 Points
Equivalent to the midpoint between 
grades C and D at A level 


About the UCAS Tariff:
The UCAS Tariff is the system for allocating points to qualifications used for entry to higher education. It allows students to use a range of different qualifications to help secure a place on an undergraduate course. Further information can be found at http://www.ucas.com/

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