English language requirement with IGCSE
I completed both IGCSE Literature (English) and IGSE First Language English in Vietnam. However, on the Melbourne University website, it stated that "Applicants who have completed their GCSE […] in the United Kingdom can satisfy the University's English language requirements by achieving […] a grade of B in GCSE English."(https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/entry-requirements/language-requirements)
I'd like an explanation as to why completing the same system and sitting the same exam paper in a different country is any less valid to completing GCSE English in the UK. After having spoken on the phone with a Melbourne University representative, Mitchell, even he could not provide an explanation as to why this was the case.
I feel that this is very unfair and is greatly frustrating. Despite completing two English subjects at the same level as GCSE and because I had completed the exam in a different country, my English requirements are not proficient enough. I strongly urge Melbourne University to review this English requirement as to prevent future students from this unfortunate situation. I would suggest that if Melbourne University were to reject GCSE/IGCSEs from other countries, then the discriminatory "grade of B in GCSE English" completed "in the United Kingdom" should not be on the website as well – especially if it is unexplainable.
If there is a justification of this requirement, please do explain it under the ‘English language requirement’ page. I will patiently await for your response.
Thank you very much for reading.
Hi there, we’re sorry to hear of your frustrations and we have passed this directly to the relevant area to address.