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 that to study a pre-sessional English language course UKVI require Student (formerly Tier 4) visa holders to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at a UKVI approved test centre (details of approved SELTs).
|Test name||UPIC UG||UPIC PG||UoP UG||UoP PG taught and research||Component scores|
|Cambridge English: B2 First||160-172 is B2 level||179 or above||160-172 is B2 level||179 or above||Minimum 160 in all 4 components|
|Cambridge English: C1 Advanced||180-192||180-192||180-192||180-192||180 in all 4 components|
|Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency||200-212||200-212||200-212||200-212||200-212 in all 4 components|
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.