IELTS

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 IELTS (Academic) please see notes section

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
6.0 overall 6.5 overall 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

University of Plymouth International College requirement​ – IELTS (Academic) – please see notes section

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
5.5 overall (6.0 for integrated programmes) 6.0 overall 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

Notes:

The University of Plymouth continues to accept the IELTS (academic) test for study at and below degree level. 

To study a pre-sessional (English language) course applicants must take the IELTS academic test at a UKVI approved test centre and obtain the required scores to meet UKVI and the University of Plymouth requirements. 

To study on an undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research degree programme, the University will accept IELTS academic tests taken at non-UKVI approved test centres. 

Applicants must obtain the required scores to meet UKVI and the University of Plymouth requirements. The University of Plymouth does not accept the IELTS Life Skills test for either pre-sessional or degree programmes.

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure they are sitting the appropriate test at the correct type of test centre that will allow them to apply for the visa they require for study. 

We strongly recommend that applicants register to take the IELTS academic test at a UKVI approved test centre if there is the possibility they will need to study on a pre-sessional programme, as tests taken at a non-UKVI approved centre cannot be used for Tier 4 visa applications for pre-sessional courses.

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.