IELTS for UKVI

IELTS for Migration to the UK (UKVI)


The International English Language Testing System (known as IELTS) is one of the most popular English exams in the world, taken by millions of people every year as proof of English proficiency for migration, work and study.

In the United Kingdom, the IELTS is often a requirement for attaining a VISA to live, work or study in the UK. Here at British Study Centres, we offer a variety of IELTS preparation courses to help you get the score you need for your Visa application.

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Is IELTS accepted for UK Visa Applications (UKVI)?

All forms of the IELTS exam including  IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training and IELTS Life Skills tests are all accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as proof of English proficiency for people wanting to live and work in the UK (please check with the UK Home Office which test is required for the visa for which you are applying).

If you are taking IELTS for visa purposes, you must take the exam at an approved IELTS SELT (Secure English Language Test) centre.

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IELTS for Tier 4 Student Visa 

In order to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a Tier 4 Sponsor university, students are required to meet the English language level set by that institution.

Currently, all British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. Tier 4 Student Visa applicants can apply to the UK universities in this list from the British government with an IELTS result from more than 1,600 IELTS test locations worldwide.

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IELTS for UKVI Online Preparation 

If you are in the process of applying for a UK Visa (UKVI), you may wish to prepare for your IELTS exam with an online IELTS preparation course. With an online IELTS preparation course from British Study Centres, you get the help and support you need to succeed on test day.

We take you through every aspect of the IELTS exam and provide you with the strategies you need to feel confident for your exam. Find out more about studying for the IELTS online.

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Can you take the IELTS test online?

Due to the current situation surrounding the Covid-19, many countries are currently under lockdown which is preventing IELTS testing from going ahead as normal at testing centres. For this reason, IELTS has come up with a brand new IELTS indicator test that can be taken from the safety and comfort of your own home.

However, the IELTS Indicator is currently only available as an Academic test, having been designed to support students’ progress to University. Unfortunately, the IELTS Indicator is not a SELT (Secure English language test) so can’t be used for UKVI or migration purposes. However, the IELTS indicator is a great way of checking if you are ready for the IELTS exam.

Under normal circumstances, the IELTS exam is available to be taken on the computer in a number of countries listed below.

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IELTS for UKVI (Academic) Delivered on a Computer

The IELTS exam is available to be taken on the computer in a number of countries listed below.

  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam
  • UAE
  • UK
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IELTS preparation courses in the UK

British Study Centres also offers IELTS preparation courses at our English language training centres in Brighton, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Oxford and York.

Our IELTS courses last from two to 48 weeks, giving you time to familiarise yourself with the course exam and structure and learn strategies for each part of the exam. In order to prepare for your IELTS in the UK, you may need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Find out whether you need a visa to study in the UK.

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Every year, British Study Centres helps hundreds of students pass the IELTS for migration purposes. You can be next - contact us today to start your journey.