Further guidance on English language requirements

To be accepted onto a degree course with us you must have a suitable English language qualification. 

For a full list of qualifications and information on requirements please visit our English language requirements page and choose your relevant qualification from the gallery.

On this page, you will find a complete list of notes and further clarifications across all qualifications.

 

General guidance

  • Test scores must be deemed valid and students with test results which are deemed too old to be valid (as per UKVI and University requirements) may be required to re-take a relevant test.

  • English language qualifications will always be verified with the awarding body wherever possible. If verification is not possible you may be asked to supply original documents or possibly an alternative English language qualification if we have concerns about the documentation provided.

  • Please note that your English language ability will be assessed from your most recent English language test or qualification, older tests will be disregarded even if they show a higher score.

  • The tables on the suite of English language requirement pages represent the current standard English language requirements for degree-level study at the University of Plymouth and the University of Plymouth International College (UPIC). They incorporate UKVI (Home Office) minimum English language scores and requirements where appropriate, and are accurate at the time of publication (May 2020) but may be subject to change at any time.

  • Other qualifications may be considered – please enquire upon application.

  • Some programmes have higher English language requirements; please note that the tables on the suite of English language requirement pages represent only standard requirements.

  • If you do not meet these requirements you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional courses – please see www.plymouth.ac.uk/elc for more information.

  • Applicants who hold a recent (awarded within three years of start date of programme) first degree (Bachelor's degree) from the UK or a majority English Language speaking country (as defined by UKVI at the time of application) will not usually be required to meet other English language requirements as listed above. Time spent studying in the UK where a degree was not awarded does not qualify for this exemption. Degrees awarded by UK institutions, which were taught overseas, also do not qualify for this exemption. Only academic qualifications, not professional or vocational qualifications, will qualify for this exemption.
  • Nationals of countries that UKVI list as a majority English Language speaking will be exempt from meeting UKVI English Language requirements, but may still be required to meet University English Language requirements at undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree level. However, where there is no UKVI English Language requirement, University or UPIC requirements may be waived at our discretion, particularly at PhD degree level. Other evidence of English Language ability may also be accepted.
  • Where there are no UKVI requirements, international students may still be required to meet University requirements for English Language, or specific course requirements where higher levels of attainment at required, at undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree level. Where there is no UKVI English Language requirement, University or UPIC requirements may be waived at our discretion, particularly at PhD degree level. Other evidence of English Language ability may also be accepted.

  • As per the UKVI Tier 4 Guidance for Sponsors document 2, students moving from Tier 4 (Child) to Tier 4 (General) are exempt from English language requirements. This is acceptable to the University also, where the student is moving from a programme of study in the UK under Tier 4 Child to study at the University under Tier 4 General, with no gaps in study. This is for entry onto programmes with standard English language requirements only. To meet University and UPIC requirements, applicants in this situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and an interview conducted by ELC staff may be required.