BDIC English language progression criteria

BDIC requires students to meet specific English language targets in order to progress through their programme and to graduate. Up to now, BDIC has assessed students based on their performance in the official IELTS exam. With the recent review and redesign of English language modules, the following changes  shall be implemented for the current academic year, effective immediately:

English Language Progression from stage 1-2

  • Students will be required to pass all the four Stage 1 English modules as part of their degree completion. Students who have to repeat any of these modules may be able to take other Stage 2 modules, as they would if they had failed any other modules.
  • Students currently in Stage 1, based on credits earned, will not be required to take an official IELTS examination for progression to Stage 2, but will instead be tested by BDIC in an IELTS format.
    • Initial testing will take place around the middle of semester two-exact dates will be announced later.
    • Students will be required to achieve an overall score of 5.5 or higher, with a minimum of 5 in each individual component.
    • There will be an additional test at the end of semester two for any students who have not met the requirement in the first test.
    • Students will also be able to use the best combination of band scores from the two spring semester tests administered by BDIC and/ or official IELTS tests.
  • Students may still take the official IELTS examination if they choose, and results will be accepted, but this is no longer required by BDIC. 

English Language Progression from stage 2-3 

  • Students currently in stage 2, based on credits earned, are required to pass English language modules. These modules are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at C1 level and to the ‘BALEAP Can Do Framework for EAP syllabus design and assessment’. As such, they are in line with UCD’s Minimum English Language Requirements.
  • These modules are:
    • Academic Writing & Communication Skills BDIC2015J (trimester one)
    • English for Specific Academic Purposes BDIC2007J (trimester two).
  • Students who fail either of these modules will have the opportunity to resit and if they fail the resit they will be required to repeat (this is effectively the same policy that applies to all other academic modules).
  • Students who have to repeat either of these modules may be able to take other Stage 3 modules, as they would if they had failed any other modules.
  • Students who pass will not be required to take any further English language examinations in order to graduate or to study in Dublin. 

Current stage 3 students

  • Any students who successfully completed both stage 2 English modules in the 2018/19 academic year will be assessed on the basis of results achieved in the semester two English for Specific Academic purposes module.
    • Students who achieved an overall grade of C+ or better, with a minimum of C- in each component shall be deemed to have met the graduation requirement and will not be required to take any further English language examinations at BDIC.
    • This applies also to any students who wish to apply to do their final year on the UCD campus in Dublin.
  • All other stage 3 students shall be required to meet the graduation requirement in the same manner as before. All IELTS and other equivalent English language examinations submitted to-date are still valid.

Current stage 4 students

There is no change to English language requirements.

  • All students are required to achieve an overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6 in IELTS or a comparable score in an equivalent examination. 
  • This can be from a single IELTS test or a combination of scores from multiple tests.
  • Students must meet this requirement prior to the awarding of a degree regardless of performance in other academic modules.

BDIC English language assessments will be offered in semester two to students who have not met the requirements by that stage. All students in stage 4 or who have applied to study in Dublin and who have not met requirements shall be eligible. Details are as follows:

  • Listening: Wednesday, March 4, 10:40-11:30
  • Reading: Wednesday, March 4, 13:30-14:30
  • Writing: Wednesday, March 4, 15:30-16:30
  • Speaking: Monday & Tuesday, March 2-3, times to be announced later.

Classroom information and speaking test dates and times will be available a week prior to testing.

Students currently in stages 3 & 4 will also have the opportunity to do language programmes at UCD. Students who successfully complete approved programmes shall be deemed to have met English language requirements to graduate.