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English Language Requirements

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 cope with your course. We'll let you know more about this during the application process.

English language requirements for Tier 4 (General) student visa students

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 any of the following qualifications for direct entry on to undergraduate, postgraduate or research qualifications:


Minimum Score


IELTS Academic *

6.0 overall (with no less than 5.5 in any component)

General IELTS is not accepted

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) *

56 (minimum 51 in any component)

General PTE is not accepted

Cambridge Advanced/

169 (minimum 162 in subtests)

Other Cambridge suite exams (KET/PET/FCE) are not accepted


80 (minimum 18 reading, 17 Listening,
20 speaking,
17 writing)

iBT is the only form of TOEFL examination accepted

iGCSE English (First Language) 



iGCSE English (Second Language)



Botswana BGCSE



Malaysian SPM 1119 (UCLES)



South Africa National Senior Certificate – English Home Language

Grade 5


West African Senior Schools Certificate (WAEC or NECO)

C6 or above in English Language


Malawi School Certificate of Education

6 or above in English Language


Indian Standard XII


ISC and CBSE boards only


Each of the tests marked with an * in the table above must have been undertaken within the two years prior to the start date of study. If any of the other qualifications listed above were obtained more than two years prior to the start date of study then the applicant will be required to provide additional supporting evidence – in the form of an employment/academic reference or other evidence of academic ability in the medium of English, supporting the applicant’s continued language development.

Tier 4 applicants' English language skills will be further assessed by face-to-face interview as part of the application process for your course. Other evidence of English language proficiency may be considered in support of your application. Email Stephen Giles, English Language Support Manager, to discuss.

In addition to English language, all applicants will need to meet course-specific entry requirements relating to subjects, grades and/or work experience.

Further information

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.


English language requirements for Tier 4 (General) student visa students from majority English-speaking countries

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.

Additional English language requirements for joint UK-China programme students

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.

English language requirements for students from Europe

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.

Advice and support

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.


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