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 NQF 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.


Please note the following:

The IELTS qualification is a Home Office (UKVI) approved SELT (Secure English Language test) that the University of Plymouth and University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) accept. The scores required have been increased from the UKVI minimum specified scores to meet University requirements. 

The Trinity College London qualification is also a SELT that the University of Plymouth and UPIC accept, but please note this is only a SELT when taken in the UK. 

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 NQF 6 and above. Please note that these tests and qualifications are not SELTS. 

Please note that where studying on a pre-sessional course or course below NQF 6, a SELT is a mandatory requirement set by UKVI. If studying at NQF 6 level and above, the University is permitted to accept other qualifications that we deem meet UKVI and our requirements. 

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.