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International

All of our students need to demonstrate that they have a good command of the English language.

Only IELTS, LanguageCert, Pearson Education Ltd. and Trinity College London English language tests will be approved by the Home Office as secure English language tests (SELTS) for immigration purposes.

Pre-Degree Requirements

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be accepting the following qualification for September 2020 entry only:

  • Duolingo
    Duolingo Online, minimum grade required: 85 overall


2021:

  • Trinity College London
    Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grade required: Reading: Pass, Listening: Pass
    Certificate valid for two years
  • IELTS SELT Consortium
    IELTS (Level B2), minimum grade required: IELTS overall score of 5.5 with a minimum score Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
    Certificate valid for two years
  • Pearson Education Ltd
    PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 59, Reading: 59, Writing: 59, Speaking: 59
    Certificate valid for two years
  • LanguageCert
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) minimum grade required: Overall Pass with a minimum score Listening: 33/50, Reading: 33/50, Writing: 33/50, Speaking: 33/50
    Certificate valid for two years
  • Pearson
    PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 42, Reading: 42, Writing: 42, Speaking: 42
    Certificate valid for two years

Undergraduate Requirements

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be accepting the following qualification for September 2020 entry only:

  • Duolingo
    Duolingo Online, minimum grade required 95 overall


2021:

  • Trinity College London
    Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grade required: Reading: Pass, Listening: Pass
    Certificate valid for two years
  • IELTS SELT Consortium
    IELTS (Level B2), minimum grade required: IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum score Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
    Certificate valid for two years
  • LanguageCert
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) minimum grade required: Overall High Pass with a minimum score Listening: 33/50, Reading: 33/50, Writing: 33/50, Speaking: 33/50
    Certificate valid for two years
  • Pearson
    PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50
    Certificate valid for two years

Postgraduate Requirements

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be accepting the following qualification for September 2020 entry only:

  • Duolingo
    Duolingo Online, minimum grade required 105 overall


2021:

  • Trinity College London
    Integrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grade required: Reading: Merit, Listening: Merit
    Certificate valid for two years
  • IELTS SELT Consortium
    IELTS (Level B2), minimum grade required: IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum of score Listening: 6.0, Speaking: 6.0, Reading: 6.0, Writing: 6.0
    Certificate valid for two years
  • LanguageCert
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) minimum grade required: Overall High Pass with a minimum score Listening: 33/50, Reading: 33/50, Writing: 33/50, Speaking: 33/50
    Certificate valid for two years
  • Pearson
    PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50
    Certificate valid for two years

Pre-sessional Language Support

If you are looking for English Language support to improve your IELT level before or during studying in the UK, Plymouth College of Art works with ODILs Learning Foundation to offer international students a selection of intensive pre-sessional courses to improve their English Language, including short courses and one-to-one support options. We offer the following:

  • 12 week or 43-week pre-sessional group tuition course at 20 hours per week. Costs start from £2,300 (approx 20176 yuan / $2970*) for a 12-week course and a group size of 9 to 15 people - up to £11,500 (approx 100884 yuan / $14,850*) for a 43-week course (an academic year-long course) for just 4 people. Prices vary and can be arranged based on the IELT level to be achieved, hours of teaching per week and the length of course.
    You can start your pre-sessional course online in your home country and then continue to have face-to-face in-course or pre-sessional based at the college.
  • 2-week intensive pre-sessional group tuition course. This is a shorter course option, lasting for 2 weeks - 30 hours per week which can be completed online or face-to-face, depending on your preference. This will cost £1,500 (approx 13158 yuan / $1937*) - with a minimum of three students.
  • One-to-one English Language Support. If you would like to have additional one-to-one English support then this is also something we are able to offer. There is an initial assessment and set-up fee of £75 (approx 657 yuan / $97*) and then the cost is £50 (approx 438 yuan / $64*) an hour.

For more information regarding pre-sessional support please email international@pca.ac.uk or Whatsapp +44 (0)7722 744184

*Yuan and Dollar - Sterling correct from October 2020

*All prices are correct from September 2020

Exemptions

You do not need to complete an additional English Language Test and you will be able to use your original degree certificate to prove you meet the English Language Requirement if you’ve recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

You also don’t need to complete an additional English Language Test if:

  • you’re a national of Canada or any of the countries in the list above
  • you’ve successfully completed a course of 6 months or more as a Tier 4 (Child) student in the last 2 years

Visa Requirements

As an international student, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa, which you can apply for online. For more information, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs website: ukcisa.org.uk, or you can email us at international@pca.ac.uk