English language requirement for Tier 4 Visa

English language requirement for Tier 4 Visa

If your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) was assigned to you before 21 April 2011, your education provider must ensure that you are competent in English at a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) unless:

  • your course is at or above level 6 of the revised National Qualifications Framework (equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree); or
  • your course is a foundation degree, or an HND in Scotland; or
  • your course is a pre-sessional course that you will take before taking a degree course in the UK; or
  • you are a government-sponsored student who wants to study an English language course; or
  • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country (see below).

You must still meet the English language requirement if you want to study an English language course (unless you are covered by one of the exemptions above).

If your CAS was assigned to you on or after 21 April 2011, your education provider must ensure that:

  • you are competent in English language at a minimum of CEFR level B2, if you will be enrolling on a course at NQF 6/QCF 6/SCQF 9 or above (unless you are a gifted student studying at a higher education institution - see below); or
  • you are competent in English language at a minimum of CEFR level B1, if you will be enrolling on a course at NQF 3-5/QCF 3-5/SCQF 6-8; or
  • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country (see below).

If you do not meet the English language requirement, your education provider cannot assign a CAS to you.

Interview with our officers

If you are applying to Tier 4 from overseas, you may be required to attend an interview with UK Border Agency officers, either as part of your visa application or when you arrive in the UK. If you are required to attend an interview and you cannot show at that interview that your English language ability is at the required standard, UKBA may refuse your application or refuse to let you enter the UK.