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English Language Requirement for Tier 4 Visa

All international students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the United Kingdom with The London College UCK will need to show proof of English language competency in line wth both the UK Border Agency (UKBA) policy and our internal policies.

In order to be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), a student must meet the requirements of one of the following categories:

  1. Be a national of one of the following majority English speaking countries as defined by the UKBA
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • The Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • New Zealand
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United States of America
  2. Have previously completed a qualification to a UK degree or higher (level 6 or above), but not vocational or professional, which was taught in English in a majority English speaking country (including where the qualification was taught in the UK);
  3. Currently reside in the UK on a Tier 4 (Child) visa and want to move over to a Tier 4 (General) visa;
  4. Hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) issued by one of the approved UKBA test providers on the appropriate level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). CEFR B1 level is required for courses at QCF levels 4 and 5 and CEFR B2 level for courses at QCF levels 6 and 7.

Minimum levels must be achieved in the following test components: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The full list of UKBA approved English language tests with scores required in each component, can be found can be found on the UKBA website www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

  1. For students entering QCF programmes at levels 4-5, the College requires an overall IELTS score of 5.5.

For students entering QCF programmes at levels 6 and above, the College requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0.

IELTS from the British Council.


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