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IELTS, PTE & Duolingo

and how to get them

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), PTE and Duolingo are assessments of your skills in English, especially your listening, reading, writing and speaking.

If you live outside the UK, and come from a non-English-speaking country, and are planning to study in the UK then you must demonstrate ability in these areas. This is not a requirement if you come from an English-speaking country. We use the same list of English-speaking countries used by the UK Government for Student Visas, which can be found here: List of English-speaking countries.

For our ABID qualifications you will need to hold IELTS English at Level 5.0 or above or PTE Academic English with a score of 29 or above, or a Duolingo score between 70 and 80.

Universities have higher requirements and each university sets its own requirements. As our ABIDs are conducted in English, it is expected that you will develop skills in all four areas during your Course so that you will be able to meet these higher requirements from universities by the end of your studies with us. You can find out what their requirements are by looking up universities here.

Both IELTS and PTE require you to book and sit tests at a test site and you will be tested on all four of the aspects of English needed - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. With Duolingo, you are assessed on the same aspects of English, but the test is completed online.





The website and materials were easy to navigate and the Facebook group gave me extra reassurance and support.

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The course is excellently written with information perfectly explained for those who have been out of education.

I completed mine whilst working full time, undergoing several overseas military deployments in support of the COVID pandemic. I could not have done this without them, my tutors were with me every step of the way! John


Support of tutors, & the wider student community were fundamental in enabling me to overcome adversity. The peer support of fellow students proved a wonderful resource. People of all ages & backgrounds united in their desire to study & self-develop, quick to offer help & encouragement. So I became active in supporting others through the Facebook Group. Richard


I have dyslexia. They suited all my needs. It was flexible, affordable, and the modules offered would provide me with the fundamental basics to study a Law degree.

They did more than help me get into my dream Russell Group university studying Law. The whole experience finally made me feel academically worthy. Sam


Tutors and staff have been fantastic in helping me achieve the grades I need, as well as any other situations I needed support with.

I applied to 2 universities and have received conditional offers from both.

I have achieved more credits than the offer requires, it wouldn't have been possible without them. Aaliya


I loved the flexibility that comes with the course and the outstanding tutors.

I have since been offered a place from two universities to study a BSc in Adult Nursing.

It is in this regard that I strongly recommend them without hesitation for any person who would like to reboot their career. Mehluli


I was very nervous about beginning my studies as I thought that Access to HE Diplomas were aimed at mature students, being 17 at the time of beginning my studies. But I was so wrong!

The Diploma is for anyone wanting to enter higher education. The staff, and my tutors especially, couldn't have been more accommodating and supportive. Beth


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The learning materials are brilliant; extremely thorough and logically laid out in topics and sub-topics, so you move smoothly through. Victoria


The materials were easy to follow. I received advice from others via the Facebook page & from my personal tutor, who was always so quick to answer any questions. During the modules, I developed my research methods & even my English improved. I am far more confident in finding the pros & cons of every theory. I now feel I am in a far better position & I am currently enrolled on an LLB Qualifying Law degree. Sean


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Enrolling to study remotely for a science course, was overwhelmingly nerve-wracking but my tutors were very kind, supportive and helpful. Their support allowed me to excel and achieve high grades. I have now secured a place at a university. Fanny