English language requirements for visas

  • If you need a Tier 4 visa then the level of your course will affect which English language test we can accept. We recommend that you take one of the UKVI approved tests.
  • If you are applying for a degree level course then we may accept other qualifications:

    • If you have an academic qualification that was taught in English then this can show us that you meet the UKVI's language requirements

    • If you are not able to take an UKVI approved test then we may be able to accept an alternative qualification. We may ask why you are not able to take a SELT as part of the admissions process.

    • If you are from or have studied in a majority English speaking country then you may not have to prove your English language level for visa purposes.

    See which other qualifications we can accept.

    We may accept other qualifications for degree level programmes:

    • If you have applied for our University English or International Foundation Diploma courses and need a Tier 4 visa you must take a UK Visas and Immigration approved SELT test. The UKVI regulations do not allow us to accept any other qualifications for these courses. We can accept a wider range of qualifications if you will be coming to the UK on a Short-term study visa.

    • If you have applied for our 4 year integrated foundation courses and pre-masters courses then we may be able to accept another qualification. See the above information for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    • If you are from or have studied in a majority English speaking country then you may not have to prove your English language level for visa purposes.

  • Help with your visa application

    Our International Student Advice Team can help you to apply for your visa.