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Please note: Those who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means you can apply with an IELTS result from any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations worldwide unless your institution has additional requirements. Please check with the official Register of Sponsors from the Home Office.

You can use the table below as a guide:

Visa description

Minimum CEFR level required

Skills

IELTS test and minimum score required overall and in each skill (*1)

Tier 1 (General) visa

C1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 7.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 2 (General) visa - in most cases

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa (*2)

A1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills (*1)

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa

B2

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level and pre-sessional courses

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above (*3)

B2

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills

‘Family of a settled person’ visa

A1

Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass (*4)

IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship (*5)

B1

Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass

IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

*1 Both General and Academic Training modules are accepted. The CEFR requirement for each skill must be met.

*2 IELTS is accepted by UKVI at band scores 4.0 and above, equivalent to CEFR level B1.

*3 Universities on UKVI’s list of Tier 4 Sponsors decide which exams to accept when a SELT is not required, and these may include IELTS taken at any of the 1000+ IELTS test locations.

*4 IELTS can be used where IELTS Life Skills is used; candidates would need to get 4.0 or above in Speaking and Listening (scores for Reading and Writing will be ignored).

*5 Currently, UKVI will also accept an Ofqual regulated test for this category. The test must cover Speaking and Listening at B1 level.

Please note that these changes do not affect the use of IELTS by people from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and ‘majority English speaking countries’ as defined by the UK Home Office. More information on Register of Sponsors.

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Once you know which test you need for your UK visa, you can select and book it here:

Click here to book IELTS for UKVI

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