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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.  

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.

Important:  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: (link is external) 
We highly recommend booking a test as soon as you make an application to the College.

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.

If you have any queries please e-mail

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 (link is external)

Students on a programme awarded by Plymouth University (excludes Myth and Ecology) may also obtain support from Plymouth University International Student Advisory Service, ISAS (link is external). If you contact ISAS please ensure you explain that you are applying to a programme of Schumacher College.

Further information for International Students applying to the College can be found here:

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to e-mail: 

English Language Requirements page last updated: 9th October 2017