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Examination Courses for UK Visas

Do you need to take an English language test for your UK visa application? If the visa you’re applying for asks you to prove your English language ability, you should take an approved Secure English language test (SELT) at a test centre that meets the UK Home Office requirements. IELTS and Trinity both provide Secure English Language Tests which are approved by the UK Government for visa applications, Leave to Remain and British Citizenship. The table below shows which level of IELTS or Trinity examination you may need for your type of visa. Please note that this table is for guidance only and is subject to changes in UK Government policy. Check with UKVI for further guidance and support.

IELTS examinations most commonly taken for visa applications are:

  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training modules): B1 to C1 level
  • IELTS Life Skills: A1 to B1 level

Trinity examinations most commonly taken for visa applications are:

  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE I, ISE II, ISE III): B1, B2 and C1 level
  • Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE Grade 2, 3 and 5): A1, A2 and B1 level

We offer examination preparation courses for all IELTS and Trinity examinations. We are an accredited provider of Trinity examination courses.

IELTS Examination Preparation Courses
Group and 1-to-1 courses – Intensive Full-Time and Flexi Part-Time

Trinity Examination Preparation Courses
1-to-1 courses only – Intensive Full-Time and Flexi Part-Time
English Language Qualifications Required for UK Visa Applications
Visa TypeCEFR Level RequirementSkills TestedIELTS RequirementTrinity Requirement
Tier 1 (General) visaC1Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 7.0 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE III
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visaB1Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE I
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visaB1Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE I
Tier 2 (General) visaB1Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE I
Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visaA1Speaking and ListeningIELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass

IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
GESE Grade 2
Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visaB2Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE II
Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level and pre-sessional coursesB1Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE I
Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and aboveB2Reading, Writing, Speaking and ListeningIELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skillsISE II
Further Leave to Remain:
- Spouse/Partner
- Parent of a Dependant
A1Speaking and ListeningIELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass

IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
GESE Grade 2
Further Leave to Remain (visa extension):
- Spouse/Partner
- Parent of a Dependant
A2Speaking and ListeningIELTS Life Skills at A2 – Pass

IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
GESE Grade 3
Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement/Permanent Residency)B1Speaking and ListeningIELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass

IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
GESE Grade 5
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