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
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.