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English Language Requirements

NCI has a range of options and courses to support you, whether to bring you up to the required level to begin your studies or to help with English language skills during your studies.

Find out more about our English language foundation and Pre-Masters courses. 

NCI accept the following certified qualifications of proficiency in English

(Level 6 Business) 
(Level 6-8 Computing) 
(Level 7/8 Business) 
(Level 9 Computing) 
(Level 9 Business) 
IELTS   5.5 5.5 6.0  6.0  6.5 
TOEFL Computer 
196  196  213  213  232 
TOEFL Paper-Based   525  525 550  550  575 
TOEFL Internet-Based   70  70 78  78  86 
PTE Academic  42 42 50  50  58 
Cambridge European Framework  B2  B2 B2  B2  C1 
Cambridge Exams  FCE FCE FCE  FCE CAE + CPE 
Irish Leaving Certificate
Ordinary "D" Ordinary "D" Ordinary "D" Ordinary "D" Ordinary "C"
UK GCSE Pass  Pass  Pass  Pass  N/A

  • Level 6 = Higher Certificate
  • Level 7= Bachelor Ordinary Degree
  • Level 8= Bachelor Honors Degree
  • Level 9= Post Graduate Diploma


For students applying to a course in business or computing who meet the academic requirements but do not meet the English language requirement, they can complete a Foundation Course for undergraduate courses or a Pre-master for postgraduate courses. Following successful completion of the Foundation/Pre-master course students can progress to an undergraduate/postgraduate course in business or computing at National College of Ireland.

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