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English Language Requirements:

In order to get the most out of your course at NCI, you will need to have a good command of written and spoken English. If English is not your first language, you will have to demonstrate your language skills by taking an IELTS (Academic) or an equivalent recognised English language test.

Your IELTS test certificate should be less than two years old at the time of registration and you will need to show your original certificate.

The level of English required varies from course to course, please see out courses lists for further detail.

For further information about IELTS please see www.ielts.org

 Courses  IELTS

School of Computing Undergraduate


School of Business Undergraduate

School of Computing Postgraduate*

Learning & Teaching Undergraduate 


School of Business Postgraduate

MSc in FinTech

Learning & Teaching Postgraduate 


* excludes MSc in FinTech

A number of other tests of equivalent international standing are also accepted. For further details, please see the table below.

IELTS equivalents
IELTS 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5
TOEFL Computer 150 173 196 213 232
TOEFL Paper-Based 475 500 525 550 575
TOEFL Internet-Based 53 64 70 78 86
PTE Academic 29 35 42 50 58
Cambridge European Framework B B1 B2 B2 C1
Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary “D” Ordinary “D” Ordinary “D” Ordinary “D” Ordinary “C”
UK GCSE Pass Pass Pass Pass n/a


If you do not currently meet the requirements outlined on this page, you can apply for one of our Pathway English language courses in our Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CRILT).

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