Your Tier 4 sponsor must confirm on your CAS either that they have assessed your English language ability and the level of
ability that you have obtained in reading, writing, speaking and
listening, or that they are not required to do so.
Whether and how you need to provide evidence of English language in your Tier 4 application depends on your situation. You can rely on any of one these provisions:
National of a majority English-speaking country
Evidence: your passport showing nationality of Antigua and
Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica,
Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St
Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or the USA. This is the Home Office's list of what they consider majority English-speaking countries.
You have a degree-level qualification taught in a majority English-speaking country
Evidence: original certificate or results transcript from an institution in one of the countries on the list above, or Ireland, but not including Canada. Plus an original statement of comparability from UK NARIC confirming that the qualification meets or exceeds the level of a UK degree.
You have completed a degree in the UK
Evidence: original certificate or results transcript
Study abroad student
Evidence: confirmed on the CAS. You must be studying a degree level course at a higher education institution in the USA, and as part of that course in
the USA you are coming to the UK for a study abroad programme that is a maximum of six months long.
Former Tier 4 (Child) student
Evidence: confirmation that you successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child)
student. The course must have been at least six months long, and must
have ended no more than two years before the date on which your CAS is
assigned. (This exemption from English language also applies to those
who completed a course with a student visa they applied for on or before
31 March 2009, which was granted while they were under 18. Very few
people would still meet this provision).
'Gifted' degree student at a higher education institution
Evidence: confirmed in the CAS. This exemption is very unusual
and can only be used if your course of study does not require a high
level of English and if it would not be appropriate for you to do a
pre-sessional course. You will also be given a letter by your institution confirming
that you are a gifted student, you must carry this letter with you when
you enter the UK.
Your Tier 4 application is for degree level study at a higher education institution and you don't meet any of the previous provisions
Evidence: your CAS confirms that your Tier 4 sponsor has assessed your English language ability to be at a minimum CEFR level B2 in each of the four components, and that your sponsor has either used their own method of assessment or used one of the Home Office's approved secure English language tests (SELTs).
You Tier 4 application is for degree level study at an institution that is not a higher education institution, and you don't meet any of the previous provisions
Evidence: your CAS confirms that your Tier 4 sponsor has assessed your English language ability to be at a minimum CEFR level B2 in each of the four components, using one of the Home Office's approved secure English Language tests. (SELTs).
Your Tier 4 application is for studies below degree level and you don't meet any of the previous provisions
Evidence: your CAS confirms that the Tier 4 sponsor has assessed your English language ability to be at a minimum CEFR level B1 in each of the four components, using one of the Home Office's approved secure English language tests (SELTs).
Secure English Language Test (SELT)
If you are required to take one of the Home Office's approved secure
language tests (SELTs) as evidence of your English language ability then
your SELT must show that you achieved the required score in each of the
components during a single sitting of that examination (unless you are
exempt from a component due to a disability).
Only IELTS and Trinity College London tests are considered to be
secure English language tests for UK visa purposes. IELTS tests can be
taken around the world, but Trinity College London tests must be taken
in the UK. A list of approved test centres can be found on the Home Office website.
Trinity College London tests can be booked online. If your Tier 4 application
requires a CEFR level of B1 then you should select an 'ISE I (B1)'
test. If you need CEFR level B2 for your Tier 4 application then you
should select an 'ISE level II (B2)' test. You may find it easier to
book a test by selecting the type of test and the location from the drop
down menus at the top of the page.
IELTS offer a number of different tests but a test will only be
considered to be a SELT if it was taken at an approved test centre and
is an 'IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes'. These
tests will have a 'UKVI number' on the results certificate. If you
have any questions about whether the test you are taking is a SELT then
you should check this when you make your booking. You cannot
use an IELTS Life Skills test as a SELT for a Tier 4 application;
instead you should check with your institution whether they require you
to take an Academic or General IELTS test.
Note: IELTS results certificates state a CEFR level, however
this is the CEFR level of the overall band score and is not necessarily
confirmation that you have obtained this level in each of the four
You can book an IELTS test online by selecting the relevant country.
You do not need to submit any evidence of your English language
ability with your Tier 4 application, instead you must provide your test
reference number on your Tier 4 application form so that the Home
Office can verify your SELT results online.