Cambridge IGCSE English

To be accepted onto a degree course with us you must have a suitable English language qualification. The tables below show the minimum English language requirements for standard courses at NQF 6 (degree level) and above.

If you don't meet these requirements you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please note that UKVI require a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 visa holders to study on pre-sessional English language courses; no other English language qualification is valid for such a course.

The only SELT available worldwide that is accepted by Plymouth University (including PUIC) is the UKVI approved IELTS academic test. We therefore strongly recommend that applicants register to take this test, at a UKVI approved test centre, if they feel there is the possibility they will need to study on a pre-sessional programme. Visit the English Language Centre pages for more information on our pre-sessional courses.

Some courses have English language requirements that differ to those shown below, please check the relevant course page for more details. 

Plymouth University requirement - Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 and 0522)​

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
C C Reading E, Writing E, Speaking D, Listening D (Supplementary statement will be required)

PUIC requirement​ - Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500 and 0522)

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
C C Reading E, Writing E, Speaking D, Listening D (Supplementary statement will be required)

Plymouth University requirement - Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511)​

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
C B Reading D Writing D Speaking C Listening A (Supplementary statement will be required)

PUIC requirement​ - Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511)

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
C B Reading D Writing D Speaking C Listening A​ (Supplementary statement will be required)

Notes:

1. Your test scores must be deemed valid. If your test results are too old to be valid (as per UKVI and University requirements), you may be required to re-take a relevant test.

2. English language qualifications will be verified with the awarding body where possible. If verification is not possible you may be asked to supply original documents or an alternative English language qualification if we have concerns about the documentation provided.

3. Your English language ability will be assessed from your most recent English language test or qualification, older tests will be disregarded even if they show a higher score.

4. This table represents the current English language requirements for degree level study at Plymouth University and Plymouth University International College (PUIC). It incorporates UKVI (Home Office) minimum English Language scores and requirement where appropriate, and is accurate at the time of publication (April 2017) but may be subject to change at any time.

5. Other qualifications may be considered - please ask when you apply.

6. This table only shows minimum requirements for entry. Some programmes will have higher English language requirements.

7. Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language and Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language. Applicants submitting either of these qualifications as evidence of English language ability must have studied on the correct syllabus (see table above) that examines in all 4 component skills, and must have included the Speaking & Listening component if applying with Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Syllabus (0500), or the Oral component if applying with Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Syllabus (0510). If your school or college cannot provide you with your component scores (or cannot release them to the University on request) then you will need to apply for the Supplementary Certifying Statement, which breaks down your Cambridge IGCSE English Language results into component grades.  

Please complete the application form to apply for a Supplementary Certifying Statement for CEFR. The cost for this service is £37.80 (price as advertised in February 2015)

8. Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) from a majority English language speaking country (as defined by UKVI at the time of application) won't usually be required to meet other postgraduate English language requirements as listed above. This will be confirmed as part of your application process.