Yes, the Home Office will check the level of your English. If
you are not a national of an English speaking country (as defined
by the Home Office) or you have not recently graduated from an
honours degree in one of those countries, the University has
responsibility to check that you meet the minimum English language
standard for their course.
For degree courses the standard is defined by the Home Office as
at least CEFR Level B2 (normally IELTS 5.5 in each element
(reading, writing, listening and speaking) or above or other
accepted tests). The University sets its own entry requirements for
each course, which are normally higher than this Home Office
standard. Please refer to the further guidance on our English language requirements.
For pre-sessional courses (including the University of Hull's
Masters Foundation programme) and other below degree programmes (eg
UHELP) the standard defined by the Home Office is at least CEFR
Level B1 (normally at least IELTS 4 or above) and applicants must
be taking one of the secure English language tests recognised by
the Home Office and the University of Hull.
Please check the list of
Home Office approved English language tests although you should
be aware that the University of Hull may not recognise all of the
qualifications listed. The University cannot admit any student who
needs a Tier 4 visa who is below the Home Office and/or University
of Hull standard.
The University will record on the CAS the evidence used and if
there is a formal English language test stated on your CAS you must
include the original certificate and full statement of results with
your visa application. The Home Office will not ask you to take
another English test.
However, if you are interviewed by an Entry Clearance Officer
during your visa application or on arrival in the UK they need to
know that you can hold a normal conversation with them. If they
have concerns about your English skills they have the power to
refuse entry to the UK.