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Making sure international students have the in-depth English language skills they need for success at university remains a key priority for UK Higher Education Institutions, according to an expert from Cambridge English.
New figures from Cambridge English show that 100% of UK universities accept Cambridge English: Advanced as proof of English language ability, based on a study of all of the members of Universities UK. Petra Olsson from Cambridge English says the acceptance of this high-level English language qualification shows how seriously admissions departments are taking the challenge of finding students with the right communications skills. She said:
‘It's reassuring that admissions departments around the UK are taking such a positive approach to finding students with the English language skills they need. Having the right level of English language skills can often make the difference between a positive experience or not when coming to study in a different country. We've designed Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) so it focuses on the right skills at the right level and people who pass the test find they can communicate effortlessly in English, which gives them a huge confidence boost.’
The figures are taken from the acceptance criteria of the members of Universities UK between April 2015 and July 2016. They show that all Higher Education Institutions, who are members of Universities UK, accept Cambridge English: Advanced for EU students and other students not requiring a visa for all or part of their course. The figures also show that nearly 90 per cent (including all Russell Group universities) accept it for students who need a Tier 4 visa for courses at undergraduate level and above.
IELTS, which is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English, also has 100 per cent recognition from Universities UK member institutions.
Students are advised to check English language requirements for their chosen course directly with the university before applying.