UK universities lowering English language requirements for Non European students
According to Times Higher Education survey, to enroll more students from Asian and other non-European countries the UK universities are taking various measures to woo students. To make the admission criteria lenient for these students is one of them. Almost two in three UK universities are setting English language requirement below the recommended level for undergraduate students from non-European countries.
To get admission in any UK university the minimum eligibility criteria for language in IELTS exam is 6.5 test scores needed for under graduate degree programmes. 58 Universities out of 88 that responded to a THE Freedom of International request say that their “Standard Minimum” requirement for undergraduate degree programme is 6.0 band score in IELTS. But according to IELTS authorities this score is acceptable for courses such as air traffic control but not acceptable for study programmes.
The University of West London, Queen Margaret University and Glyndwr University have lowered their minimum languages score requirements for admission to 5.5, which according to IELTS is suitable for animal husbandry and fire services but for other programmes.
If we look at the colleges which offer postgraduate courses, however not even a single university is accepting the 5.5 band language score, but some of them have lowered their standards to 6.0 which is not much for higher studies. But there are some courses like journalism and law which require higher language score at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Geoffrey Alderman, professor of history and politics at the University of Buckingham and a critic of standards in UK universities, said he thought that some institutions were setting English requirements "deliberately low in order not to discourage students".