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.

Additional qualifications accepted for 2020 entry

In light of the exceptional circumstances created by the Coronavirus pandemic we will be accepting the following qualifications for September 2020 entry only

University of Plymouth requirement

Qualification Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes  Minimum component scores
IELTS Indicator Test 6.0 overall 6.5 overall 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
TOEFL Special Home Edition 76 90 Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18
Duolingo online 95 105 component scores now required as follows minimum. Literacy 85, conversation 75, comprehension 95 and production 65

University of Plymouth International College requirement​ 

Qualification Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes  Minimum component scores
IELTS Indicator Test 5.5 overall (6.0 for integrated programmes) 6.0 overall 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)
TOEFL Special Home Edition 72 90 Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18
Duolingo online 85 (95 for Integrated programmes) 105 component scores now required as follows minimum. Literacy 85, conversation 75, comprehension 95 and production 65


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)
  • LanguageCert International ESOL 

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. 

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