IELTS Academic Tests after 6 April 2015
Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University requirements. Plymouth University 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.
1. Your test scores must be deemed valid. If your test results are too old to be valid (as per UKVI and University requirements), you may be required to re-take a relevant test.
2. English language qualifications will be verified with the awarding body where possible. If verification is not possible you may be asked to supply original documents or an alternative English language qualification if we have concerns about the documentation provided.
3. 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.
4. This table represents the current English language requirements for degree level study at Plymouth University and Plymouth University International College (PUIC). It incorporates UKVI (Home Office) minimum English Language scores and requirement where appropriate, and is accurate at the time of publication (June 2016) but may be subject to change at any time.
5. Other qualifications may be considered - please ask when you apply.
6. This table only shows minimum requirements for entry. Some programmes will have higher English language requirements.
7. If you don't meet these requirements you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional courses. Visit the English Language Centre web pages for more information.
8. † 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) this may still be acceptable, depending on the programme / level applied for. We'll consider this on a case by case basis.
9. ‡ Years 10 and 11 of the GCSE English Language syllabus must have been studied in the UK. You'll need to provide evidence of this when applying, for example mock results or confirmation from your school / 6th form.
10. ♦ CICSE (Council for Indian School Certificate Examination) and CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) (National Boards). Standard XII English from State Boards in India is not usually acceptable but may be considered on a case by case basis where grades are 80 per cent or above (for Plymouth University direct entry, 70 per cent for PUIC entry).
11. ** Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language
and Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language. Applicants submitting either
of these qualifications as evidence of English language ability must have
studied on the correct syllabus (see table above) that examines in all 4
component skills, and must have included the Speaking & Listening
component if applying with Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Syllabus
(0500), or the Oral component if applying with Cambridge IGCSE English as a
Second Language Syllabus (0510). If your
school or college cannot provide you with your component scores (or cannot
release them to the University on request) then you will need to apply for the Supplementary
Certifying Statement, which breaks down your Cambridge IGCSE English
Language results into component grades.
complete the application
form to apply for a Supplementary Certifying Statement for
CEFR. The cost for this service is £37.80 (price as advertised in February 2015)
12. ● The SPM results slip or certificate must specifically state, 1119 has been awarded OR please supply GCE O level certificate awarded by UCLES. If your SPM does not state 1119 we won't be able to accept it, nor will we allow the GCE O level if not awarded by UCLES.
13. Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) from a majority English language speaking country (as defined by UKVI at the time of application) won't usually be required to meet other postgraduate English language requirements as listed above. This will be confirmed as part of your application process.