New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA)

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 – New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
Grades: Achieved, Merit or Excellent in the English component Grades: Achieved, Merit or Excellent in the English component University of Plymouth entry requirement. No UKVI requirement if the student is a New Zealand national – if they are not, IELTS or another acceptable qualification will be required

Plymouth University International College (PUIC) requirement​ – New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2

Undergraduate programmes Postgraduate programmes Minimum component scores
Grades: Achieved, Merit or Excellent in the English component Grades: Achieved, Merit or Excellent in the English component University of Plymouth entry requirement. No UKVI requirement if the student is a New Zealand national – if they are not, IELTS or another acceptable qualification will be required

Notes

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 the University of Plymouth 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 (July 2018) 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. Applicants 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.


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.