Learners

Learners

IBT understand the significance of providing learners with adequate skills and knowledge for sustainable employment. We ensure that our qualifications and bespoke programmes provide learners with sufficient skills, knowledge, and confidence to shine in their workplace.

  • Advantages of IBT Qualifications

  • Prepare learners with the adequate knowledge and skills to carry out their jobs with competence and confidence
  • Enable learners for enhanced career development
  • Provide both employees and employers confidence in their abilities
  • Deliver a persuasive change from learning into employment
  • Support adults who are seeking a career change
  • Advantages of IBT’s Bespoke Qualifications

  • Gain competitive advantage by having managers and leaders with the right skills to take the business forward
  • Assure that specific skills development, possibly as part of your wider development programmes, has a measurable impact in the workplace. This is evaluated through the assessed element of the programme.
  • Have flexibility to ensure that your employees study only topics relevant to your industry or skills specific to your business
  • It increases loyalty retention rates and helps businesses remain competitive.

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Delivery

IBT provides learners choice in the pace, place and mode of their learning through delivery centres globally. Our centres need to ensure that the chosen mode of delivery does not illegitimately or unlawfully discriminate, whether directly or indirectly, and that equality of opportunity is promoted. Centres are advised to select any delivery mode that meets the learners' needs. However, IBT Centres need to consider the Learners' complete learning experience when designing the delivery of qualifications. Guided Learning Hours (GLH), listed under each unit, give the Centres the number of hours of teacher-supervised or direct study time likely to be required to teach that unit.

Assessments

Each qualification’s units are internally assessed by the centres and externally verified by IBT. To achieve a ‘pass’, it is essential for the learners to provide adequate evidence to demonstrate that they have met all the learning outcomes of the units and assessment criteria. The assessor makes a judgement that the learner successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria.

English Language Requirements

To achieve a qualification awarded by the Institute of Business and Technology (IBT), learners need to have an appropriate level of English Language skills. The following emphasises the requirements for all centres while accepting applicants on to our qualifications.

Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate efficiency in the English language at an IELTS level equivalent of 5.5 to be able to study our qualifications. All centres that deliver our qualifications need to ensure that learners who are non-native English speakers and who have not studied specific English core component/subject in the final two years of schooling can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below before being accepted to the programme that is both taught and assessed in English as follows:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 51
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5

It is for the centre to determine what evidence will be necessary to prove individual learner proficiency. The centres can also consider learners' relevant work experience that requires substantial English language efficiency in the workplace to undertake the job responsibilities to satisfy our English language requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions relating to English Language requirements.


Why are English language entry requirements necessary?

Learners who want to study our qualification and are non-native English speakers must have a minimum level of English language competency. UK universities and higher education institutions (HEIs) commonly require a minimum English language standard as part of their entry requirements into undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.


Who do the entry requirements apply to?

These English language entry requirements apply to all non-native English speakers in the UK and internationally being registered onto our qualifications where that programme is taught and assessed in English.


Is it essential for a learner to have studied English at a particular level in the final two years of school?

No. The centre should assess whether the learners completed the English component/subject in the final two years of schooling.


The requirement refers to IELTS 5.5. / PTE 51 or equivalent. Can the requirement be met using other English language tests such as City & Guilds, Cambridge, ESOL, etc.?

Yes. The centre can confirm that the learner's score is equivalent to IELTS 5.5 / PTE 51 / B2. Such courses are likely to include information on equivalencies.


Can Centres use their English language test to judge whether learners meet this requirement? Or do we need to ask learners to produce a valid IELTS certificate / PTE certificate (or equivalent)?

Yes, a Centre can adopt its English language test. The centre can satisfy itself that the learner's score matches this requirement. However, it is important to note that many progression universities may not accept alternative tests. It is the learner's responsibility to confirm this with the receiving university or HEI.


Will the English requirements be exempted, if a non-native English speaker who has completed a GCSE level English or equivalent English test in their home country before settling in the UK?

Whether the requirement is exempted will depend on the results the learner achieved. The outcome of the English language test is expected to be equivalent to IELTS 5.5 / PTE 51 / B2.


Can centres consider work experience to satisfy English Language requirements?

Yes, the centres can consider learners' relevant work experience that requires substantial English language efficiency in the workplace to undertake the job responsibilities to satisfy English Language Requirement.


How will IBT verify that learners meet the requirements?

These requirements form part of the centre's terms and conditions for offering our qualifications. Compliance is monitored through the External Quality Assurance process.


Alternative English Language Test Equivalents

The alternative English language test equivalents are published below. Centres may verify learners' English Language Competency using the information provided below. However, please be advised that this is for reference purposes only, and it is for the centre to determine what evidence will be necessary to prove individual learner proficiency.

Austrian Reifeprufung

Centres can consider the English component of the Austrian Reifeprufung/Matura to satisfy our English Language Requirements. Centres need to assess learners' results to meet the English language requirement. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

Canadian High School Qualifications

Centres can consider the English module from Canada High School Qualifications to satisfy our English Language Requirements. Centres need to assess learners' results to meet the English language requirement. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

China - Gaokao (Higher Exam)

The Gaokao ('Higher Exam'), officially the Nationwide Unified Examination for Admissions to General Universities and Colleges, is China's national undergraduate admission exam. Centres can consider learners who have completed English Subject for the foreign language portion of the test to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

Danish STX/HF/HHX

Centres can consider the English component of the Danish Studentereksamen, Højere Handelseksamen, Højere Teknisk Eksamen and Højere Forberedelseseksamen to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

Edexcel IGCSE (First Language)

Centre can consider the Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language, including Speaking and Listening, to satisfy our English Language Requirements.

European Baccalaureate (English as L1-L3)

Centres can consider the English component of the European Baccalaureate to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

French Baccalaureate General

Centres can consider the English component (English Writing and Speaking combined) of the French Baccalaureate to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

GCSE English Language

Centres can consider both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature to satisfy our English Language Requirements.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (English Core Component)

Centres can consider the English core component of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

Indian Year 12 (English Component)

Centres can consider the English component of the Indian Standard XII examinations to satisfy our English Language Requirements. Centres need to assess learners' results to meet the English language requirement. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

International Baccalaureate (English Component)

Centres can consider the English component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

Centres can consider the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English component. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

NCUK English

Centres can consider NCUK English to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

On-Campus Test of English

Centres can consider the OnCampus Test of English (OCTOE). The learners' results must be satisfactory.

Pre-Sessional English Language Courses

Centres can offer pre-sessional English language courses, which prepare learners for future study.

Singapore Integrated Programme

Centres can consider the Singapore Integrated Programme to satisfy our English Language Requirements. The learners' results must be satisfactory.

West African Examinations Council.

Centres can consider the English Language component of the West African Senior School Certificate to satisfy our English Language Requirements.