When you apply to study here, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language. This helps us to make sure you'll do well on your course. We'll let you know more about this during the application process.
If you need a Tier 4 (General) student visa for undergraduate or postgraduate study, you must show evidence that your English Language skills are at B2 level on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference). This can be demonstrated by obtaining an Academic IELTS score of band 6.0 overall or above (with no less than 5.5 in any component). If you are unable to provide an IELTS score, it may be possible to consider an equivalent level of language competency on an individual basis and we welcome you to contact us about this.
If you are aiming to study below undergraduate level - for example by following a pre-sessional course prior to undergraduate or postgraduate study, you must take a Secure English Language Test (SELT). This test must be taken in an approved test centre. If you are in any doubt as to whether your English level is at B2, we strongly advise you to take a SELT (most commonly IELTS for UKVI - Academic).
To find out more about the minimum English language requirements required to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa, take a look at the Knowledge of English page on the UK Government website.
As well as the minimum English language requirements needed to apply for your visa, you also need to meet our requirements:
Common European Framework of Reference
International English Language Testing System
|6 month pre-sessional||B1||IELTS 4.5 overall, with no lower than 4 in any component|
|3 month pre-sessional||B1+||IELTS 5.5 overall, with no lower than 5.0 in any component|
|6 week pre-sessional||B2||IELTS 5.5 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any component|
|Direct entry onto PhD, Taught Postgraduate or Undergraduate||B2+||IELTS 6.0 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any component|
You may find it helpful to take the free online IELTS course offered by the British Council. It will help you to prepare for an English language test and applying to a UK university.
If you're from a country that's been listed on the Knowledge of English page on the UK Government website, you may not need to prove your English language abilities to apply for your visa. You may still need to prove your English language abilities to us when you apply for your course. We will let you know during the application process if we need you to do this.
If you are studying one of our joint UK-China courses, you'll need to pass the English language modules of your course as part of your English language requirements.
If you're from a country within the European Economic Area (EEA), even if it's a majority English-speaking country, we may still need you to prove your English language abilities. We'll let you know about this during the application process.
Whether you need some advice on our English language requirements, or want to know about the support we offer when you study at Harper Adams, simply get in touch and we'll do our best to help.