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The UK is home to some of the top Universities in the world. So, it is no wonder that students from across the globe aspire to study here. But it is not easy for many students to qualify in the English language proficiency tests that are conducted. It is indeed true that there are Universities in the UK which offer admissions without IELTS. 

Does it mean that one can enter the UK without IELTS?

Yes. But you cannot enter the UK without qualifying in any one form of English language proficiency test. 

You must understand that there is no difference between gaining an entry to the UK without IELTS or any equivalent English language proficiency test and studying in any of the Universities in the UK without IELTS or any equivalent English language proficiency test. Because the University that you apply for is the Tier-4 sponsor who is going to evaluate your English language abilities.

Role of English language proficiency tests in procuring a UK visa?

To procure a VISA, a candidate must get 40 points out of which 30 points are reserved for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies( CAS)  from a Tier-4 sponsor. It is not permissible for the sponsor to issue the CAS before confirming that the candidate has met the English Language understanding requirements.

Level of the National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Corresponding IELTS Band
For a course under the Level 6 Minimum B1  is needed. CEFR B1 corresponds to IELTS band 4
For a course of the Level 6 or higher B2 Level and higher. CEFR B2 corresponds to IELTS band 6

Also check: IELTS Band Score

Is it possible to procure a UK study visa without IELTS?

Yes, It is possible to get a UK visa without IELTS. IELTS is just one of the tests that the Tier-4 sponsor uses to check the English language proficiency for the Visa seeker. 

If not IELTS, the Tier-4 sponsor may resort to other forms of English language tests such as SELT ( Secure English Language Test). If the candidate qualified in SELT, the sponsor puts the unique SELT reference number in the candidate’s CAS. The candidate must use the number provided, on their visa application to confirm that they have passed the test.

Also, the candidate might have to prove their knowledge of English in the form of an interview for a visa in the home country, or when in the UK (at the airport).

Also Check: Study in UK with IELTS

If not IELTS, what do Universities ask for? 

There are UK universities without IELTS requirement. They may ask for the following:

  • Universities may ask for the medium of instruction of the previous education of the candidate. This is a valid proof. 
  • Some universities require the candidate to appear for an online interview. The university will check the  level of English of the candidate directly.
  • Candidate’s high school or senior year scores may be taken into consideration. For example, 10th and 12th grade mark sheets containing English language scores as desired by the University.

Is IELTS required for UK Universities?

Not all Universities ask for IELTS. There are exemptions too. Following are UK universities without IELTS requirement 

  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Swansea University
  • University of Warwick
  • London Southbank University
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Aston University
  • Northumbria University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Bolton
  • Birmingham City University
  • Riga Technical University
  • University of Northampton
  • Sheffield Hallam University

Note: These Universities may have their own methods of assessing the English language proficiency of the candidate. It is the candidate’s responsibility to find out what type of test the University requires.

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