Cambridge English

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 NQF 6 (degree level) and above.

If you don't meet these requirements you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please note that UKVI require a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 visa holders to study on pre-sessional English language courses; no other English language qualification is valid for such a course.

The only SELT available worldwide that is accepted by University of Plymouth (including UPIC) is the UKVI approved IELTS academic test. We therefore strongly recommend that applicants register to take this test, at a UKVI approved test centre, if they feel there is the possibility they will need to study on a pre-sessional programme. Visit the English Language Centre pages for more information on our pre-sessional courses.

Some courses have English language requirements that are higher than those shown below, please check the relevant course page for more details.

University of Plymouth requirement – Cambridge English: B2 First

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
B B "Borderline" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

UPIC requirement​ Cambridge English: B2 First ​

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
​C (B for integrated programmes) B "Borderline" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​

University of Plymouth requirement Cambridge English: C1 Advanced 

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
C C "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

UPIC requirement​ Cambridge English: C1 Advanced

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
​CEFR B2 Level (score of 47 minimum) (C for integrated programmes) C "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​

University of Plymouth requirement – Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency 

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
Pass at C1 level Pass at C1 level "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

UPIC requirement​ Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency 

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
​Pass at C1 level Pass at C1 level "Weak" in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing)​

Notes

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.

Further guidance on English language requirements

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.