International students – English language requirements

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

If you don't meet these requirements you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional courses. Visit the English Language Centre pages for more information.

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

Please note that these requirements apply to international students (students with a non-EU nationality). If you are an EU student we will inform you about English language requirements as part of your admission process.

SELTS and Non-SELTS:

Please note the following:

The following Secure English Language tests (SELTs) are Home Office (UKVI) approved and accepted by the University of Plymouth and the University of Plymouth International College (UPIC). The scores required have been increased from the UKVI minimum specified scores to meet University requirements.

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • Trinity College London ISE (only a SELT if taken in the UK)
  • Pearson PTE Academic

A SELT must be taken at an approved UKVI centre.

The other tests and qualifications listed here have been deemed acceptable by the University of Plymouth and UPIC to meet our entry requirements and UKVI requirements for study at RQF 6 and above. 

Please note that these tests and qualifications are not SELTs.

When studying on a pre-sessional course or course below RQF 6, a SELT is a mandatory requirement set by UKVI. 

If studying at RQF 6 level and above, the University is permitted to accept other qualifications that we deem meet UKVI and our requirements.

EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

Please note that if you will need a Student visa to study at the University of Plymouth, following the changes to the UK immigration system, you will now need to meet the English language requirements specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

This may mean that you will be required to take an internationally recognised English language qualification such as IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson PTE.

The University continues to accept country-specific secondary level English language qualifications wherever possible; please see the list below. If your country or qualification is not listed here, you will be required to obtain another English language qualification, such as IELTS, etc. Our Admissions teams will advise you if this is the case.

European Baccalaureate

We accept the following awards:

  • Language 1 (L1) = Grades 10–5
  • Language 2 (L2) = Grades 10–5
  • Advanced Language 1 (L1A) = Grades 10–5
  • Advanced Language 2 (L2A) = Grades 10–5

We do not accept the following awards:

  • Language 3 (L3)
  • Language 4 (L4)
Austria

We will accept Reifeprufung/Matura – English of Grades 1–2.

Denmark

We will accept Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX) – English of Grades 12–7.

We will accept Bevis for Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) – English of Grades 12–7.

We will accept Bevis for Hojere Handelseksamen (HHX) – English of Grades 12–7.

Estonia

We will accept Cambridge English: C1 Advanced if taken instead of the English state exam.

France

We will accept Option International du Baccalaureat (OIB) – Overall grade 12.

Baccalauréat Général is also accepted at minimum grade 16.

Gibraltar

We will accept GCSE English language grade C or A level English language grade C (awarded by UK examining bodies).

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory; residents may still be subject to immigration control in the UK if they do not hold a British citizen passport.

Germany

We will accept Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/Abitur – English of Grades 15–10, provided it has been taken as a Hauptfach/Leistungskurs/Kurs mit erhohtem Anforderungsniveau.

Ireland

We will accept a Leaving Certificate – English of Grades O1–O4 or H1–H7 2017 and later or Ordinary Level A1–C4 or Higher Level A1-D3 up to and including 2016.

There is no UKVI requirement as Irish nationals do not need a visa to live or study in the UK after Brexit, but University English language requirements may still apply, i.e., at undergraduate entry level.

Malta

We will accept Secondary Education Certificate – English of Grades 1–5.

We will accept Matriculation Certificate Examination (MATSEC) – English of Grades A–E at both Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Netherlands

We will accept Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) – English of Grades 10–8.

Romania

We will accept Diploma de Bacalaureat – English with 2 scores at B2 and 3 scores at B1.

Sweden

Slutbetyg fran Grundskolan is not accepted.

We will accept Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (studentexamen) – English of Grades A–C/MVG-VG/20–15 when studied as an English C subject.

We will accept Hogskoleforberedande Examen – English of Grades A–C when studied as an English 7 subject.
Iceland

We will accept Studentsprof – English of Grades 10–9.

Norway

We will accept Vitnemal fra den videregaende skole – English of Grades 6–4 (this qualification was phased out in the 1990s and replaced with the below).

We will accept Vitnemal for videregaende opplaering – English of Grades 6–4.

The validity period of qualifications accepted

Degrees awarded in the UK or in majority English language speaking countries (as defined by UKVI) will be accepted as meeting our standard English language entry requirements, where they have been awarded no more than three years prior to your course start date at Plymouth.

IELTS academic tests (non SELTS) should also have been taken no more than three years prior to your course start date at Plymouth.

IELTS academic tests (SELTS, taken at UKVI approved test centres) should have been taken within two years of the date your CAS is issued for studies at Plymouth. This is a UKVI requirement.

Please select a qualification for more information