From 2009, when enrolling on the BVC, all candidates for whom English or Welsh is not their first language must demonstrate that they have attained a minimum 7.5 IELTS standard in all sections of the test. You can apply for the BVC before completing the IELTS requirements. However, in order to enrol on the BVC in the autumn of 2009 you are required to have sat and achieved 7.5 in all sections of the IELTS tests.