English language requirements
All students must prove that they can speak English to a sufficient standard to study their programme. In some cases, you may also have to provide a certificate to prove your English language ability when you make your visa application.
Who has to prove their English language ability?
All students are required to prove that they can speak English to a standard that will allow them to study their programme.
Degree level programmes
If you are coming to study a programme at degree level or above, the University can use a number of ways to assess your English language.
For visa purposes, you must be proficient to at least CEFR level B2 (IELTS 5.5), but the University's requirements will be much higher. You can find information on the University's English language requirements below.
Once you have proved to the University that you meet the required standard of English, we will write on your CAS that we have assessed your English language ability, and you do not need to submit any documents to prove your English skills when you make your visa application.
Programmes below degree level
If you are applying to study a programme below degree level, in addition to meeting the University's English langauge requirements, you will have to demonstrate your English language ability via one of the methods below.
For visa purposes, you must be proficient to at least CEFR level B1 (IELTS 4.0), but the University's requirements may be higher.
Secure English Language Tests (SELT)
There are four Home Office-approved English test providers:
- IELTS for UKVI (normal IELTS will not be accepted - you must have an IELTS for UKVI certificate)
- LanguageCert (International ESOL SELT - Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
- Pearson (PTE Academic UKVI)
- Trinity College London (Integrated Skills in English - only available in the UK)
If you are applying for a programme below degree level, you will have to submit one of these certificates from an approved test centre to the University as evidence of your English language ability. You will also have to provide your SELT unique reference number in your visa application form.
Degree from a majority English-speaking country
If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, but have graduated within the last two years from an institution in a majority English-speaking country, you can use your degree certificate to prove your English language ability for visa application purposes.
You will need to submit the original certificate or transcripts showing your award, and a certificate from UK NARIC which confirms the level of your degree programme.
Nationals of majority English-speaking countries
If you are a national of a country which the Home Office deems to be 'majority English-speaking', then you just need to provide your passport to prove your English language ability for visa application purposes. See the table below for a list of majority English-speaking countries.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Australia||The Bahamas|
|St Kitts and Nevis||St Lucia||St Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Trinidad and Tobago||USA|
*Canada is only considered to be majority English-speaking for Canadian nationals. If you are not Canadian, and you hold a degree from Canada, you will not be able to use it as evidence of your English language ability.