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English Language Requirement for the UK Student Visa Applications

English Language Requirement for the UK Student Visa Applications.

If you are applying for a visa on the Student route UK, you must meet English language requirement.

If you are applying for a visa on the Student route, you must demonstrate English language ability at either:

  • CEFR level B2, where you would be studying a course at degree level or above
  • CEFR level B1, where you would be studying a pre-sessional course or a course below degree level

The CEFR levels come from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can find out more about the CEFR levels on the assessment grid.

Student applicants need to show ability in all 4 components of CEFR:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening

All Students must meet the English Language requirements unless they are exempt.

How can you meet the English Language Requirement?

You will meet the English language requirement if any of the following apply. If you:

  • are a national of a majority English speaking country
  • met the requirement at the required level in a previous successful application
  • have an academic degree equivalent to a UK bachelorís degree or above, taught in English
  • have a GCSE, A level or Scottish Higher qualification from an OFQual (or devolved administration equivalent regulator) in English language or literature, gained through education undertaken while they were aged under 18 and in a UK school
  • have passed an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to the required level

You can also meet the requirement if you:

  • have been assessed as meeting the required level by your sponsor who is a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance
  • have been exempted from part of the SELT due to a disability and the sponsor confirms you have the required level of English language ability to complete their course
  • are on certain short-term study abroad courses in the UK
  • are assessed by your Student sponsor to be a 'Gifted Student'

Exemptions for Students

Generally, those aged under 18 or over 65 and those with physical or mental conditions which prevent them from meeting the requirement are exempt. Students are exempt if they have been any of the following:

  • assessed as meeting the required level by their sponsor who is a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance
  • exempted from part of the Secure English Language Test (SELT) due to a disability and the sponsor confirms they have the required level of Englishlanguage ability to complete their course
  • identified as a "gifted student" under the additional Gifted Student concession which is not in the Immigration Rules

If you have any doubts or confusions about the English Language Requirement as a Student, please contact us or you may visit the Home Office guidance on English Language Requirement for Student Visa

If you are looking for English Language Requirement for Skilled Worker Visas or Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship applications, you may find them in appropriate section on this web site.

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