Cambridge English

English language requirements 

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 RQF 6 (degree level) and above.

Some courses have English language requirements that are higher than those shown below, please check the relevant course for details.

What if I don't meet the requirements?

If you don't think you will be able to meet these requirements you may be able to join a pre-sessional English language course offered by our English Language Centre. Please note to study a pre-sessional English language course UKVI require Tier 4 visa holders to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at a UKVI approved test centre (details of approved SELTs).

 

University of Plymouth requirement – Cambridge English: B2 First

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
B B "Borderline" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

UPIC requirement​ Cambridge English: B2 First ​

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
​C (B for integrated programmes) B "Borderline" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​

University of Plymouth requirement Cambridge English: C1 Advanced 

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
C C "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

UPIC requirement​ Cambridge English: C1 Advanced

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
​CEFR B2 Level (score of 47 minimum) (C for integrated programmes) C "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​

University of Plymouth requirement – Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency 

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
Pass at C1 level Pass at C1 level "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

UPIC requirement​ – Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency 

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
​Pass at C1 level Pass at C1 level "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​


Notes

For all Cambridge English Examinations please supply your ID number and 'secret number' to our Admissions team when applying, to enable us to verify your qualification. Where the qualification has not been achieved but you have still achieved B2 level (confirmed on the certificate from Cambridge English) then this may still be acceptable, depending on the programme/level applied for. We would consider this on a case by case basis.


On our further guidance on English language requirements page you will find a complete list of notes and clarifications across all qualifications for applying to the University of Plymouth.

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.