International Student Support

English language requirements for Tier 4 visas

English Language Assessment

For most students, details of entry qualifications will also include evidence of your English language ability.  The University is required to assess students’ English language competency and must follow UK Visas & Immigration guidance on this matter.

For those students entering degree level study (NQF Level 6 or above), your English language level must be at level B2 or above on the CEFR and Queen’s University will have chosen how to assess your English language level.  You may not be required to submit any additional evidence with your visa application, but should ensure you include evidence of all qualifications listed on your CAS.  If your CAS states that no further evidence is required (perhaps due to the fact you are a national of a majority English-speaking country) then you will not have to provide any evidence of your English language ability, other than those qualifications listed on the CAS.

For those students entering pre-degree level studies (NQF 3,4,5) or a pre-sessional course your English language ability must be at B1 or above and this MUST have been assessed using a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Details of this qualification will be stated on your CAS.  You will need to ensure you include the relevant certificate with your visa application; otherwise your application will be refused.  If you are unsure about this, please contact iss@qub.ac.uk prior to submitting your visa application.