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Postgraduate Language Requirements

Students must be able to converse and write fluently in English. All applicants who do not hold a GCSE (Grade C or above) in English Language, must provide evidence of their English language ability in the form of a professional English qualification to the correct level, noted below.  

Important change for Tier 4 applicants as of February 2015:

The UKVI have recently announced important changes to English language testing for visas and immigration, consolidating the number of tests accepted for visa purposes. Where proof of English level is required for visa purposes, a UKVI IELTS test taken at an approved SELT test centre is now the only test that can be used as proof of English Language for a Tier 4 application. For a Tier 4 visa you need to achieve a CEFR B2 level as a minimum; our entry standards noted below are set at this level.  Please read further information and view the link below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The College entry standards for English language are as follows: 

IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with minimum 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa must take an  IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) test at an approved SELT (Secure English Language Test) centre as stipulated by UK Visas and Immigration.  The current list of approved SELT centres can be found here:   We highly recommend booking a test as soon as you make an application. There are very few test centres and dates available at these UKVI IELTS test sites and at busy points it can be hard to find a convenient date and location.   If you require tuition prior to your test, it may be worth checking if your local British Council office offers this service. 

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To be exempt from this SELT requirement, you would need to have obtained a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in a majority English-speaking country, or have studied in the UK recently as a child student. For further information you are advised to contact UKCISA or Plymouth University’s own International Student Advisory Service, ISAS. If you contact ISAS please ensure you explain that you are applying to a programme of Schumacher College.

Plymouth University offers an English language support service for all students for whom English is a second language. This service is provided by the English Language Centre, based in the Cookworthy building on Plymouth University’s city centre campus. Language support may be delivered through one-to-one tutorials, workshops tailored for particular groups of students and e-mail. It is also possible for English Language Centre staff to visit the College to tutor students, individually or in groups, by prior arrangement.

English Language Requirements page last updated: 25th April 2017