IELTS

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 PUIC) 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 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

IELTS Academic Tests after 6 April 2015

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.


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.

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.