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New English language requirement for Tier 4 students

26 April 2011

On 31 March the UK Government issued a 'statement of intent' setting out how Tier 4 of the points-based system will operate following the changes to the student visa policy. From 21 April the changes to the English language requirement will come into effect.

The following English language requirements apply to students whose Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is dated from 21 April 2011 onwards:

•        If you are applying for a Tier4 (General) visa to study a course below degree level (at NQF level 3-5), including English as a foreign language, foundation or pre-sessional courses, you will require a Secure English Language Test at B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

•        If you are applying to study at degree level and above you require a minimum English language level at B2 on the CEFR. If your sponsor is a Higher Education Institution (HEI), the sponsor may choose its own method of assessing your English language ability. However, if your sponsor is another type of institution you will require a Secure English Language Test to prove your B2 language ability. HEI's are typically universities and other publicly funded further education colleges. Where HEI sponsors consider a student to be gifted, the English language requirement may be waived for that student.


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