Study in UK without IELTS in 2021


UK is globally known for its world-class education, research-focused approach and practical learning opportunities however, there is ONE thing – which troubles and even cause doldrums for several international aspirants, majorly from Non-native English countries like India: when planning to study abroad.

That is none other than giving English language test and achieving the band score threshold for IELTS or other equivalent English tests usually goes up if you are going to pursue Masters/Post Graduation.

Then, To topple your dreams of studying abroad – One might have got stuck in dilemma or state of confusion – originating from COVID-19 situation, and could be thinking about :

  • How you should give your English tests when there are several travelling disruptions in view of containing “Covid-19 widespread” ?
  • How to give computer delivered IELTS or PTE when you would not be proficient with working on computer ?
  • And then, Paper based IELTS with limited test dates and slots are getting cancelled already for several venues..

Although, Let me reinstate again which I had informed earlier too – that Online English Tests are the future to Immigration Pathways which is quite coming out to be TRUE as per ground reality with reasonings exhibited in the aforementioned blog post currently when Paper-based IELTS tests are getting cancelled on recurring basis whereas, on the contrary:

Test takers who are able to give Computer-delivered English tests are getting their pathways facilitated faster, owing to legit reasons as stated in the above blog post.

And you might be thinking now:

How can I get over all this and JUST get my Student visa application moving by getting Confirmation letter (CAS) from university and then,

Completing other provisions alike –

  • Financial requirements
  • Documentation and drafting of Personal statement, LORs
  • Getting statutory medical checks etc

in view of fulfilling Student visa requirement which is certainly a “complex and lengthy affair”- if you are aiming to achieve your dream of studying abroad with no impediments or caveats obstructing your immigration pathways- at least to get beyond the first stepping stone i.e.providing Evidence of English with required band score..

There’s a way and that is none other than applying for UK student visa to get past first “stepping stone” by precisely giving IELTS: Yes, because, UK immigration still remains quite liberal with this aspect – at least till date…

In this blog, I will talk about following topics :

How student visa gets accessed for evidence of english language with UK?

Let me give a quick glimpse with the aid of walkthrough here:

As of currently, UK immigration – amongst all other study abroad destinations like Canada or Australia, is STILL liberal with proving your knowledge of the English language. 

Here’s how :

You can simply exhibit by way of attaining Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B2 if you are going for Higher education institution (HEI)

Yes – You just need to attain the above level in a broader sense as mandated by immigration authorities of UK.

In other words, UK immigration is quite lenient with this SPECIFIC criteria requirement in comparison with other developed nations like Canada or Australia, where UKVI has passed on this discretionary power for assessing English levels in the narrow sense to UK college/universities.

HEIs can choose how to assess a student’s knowledge of English.

They must still be at – CEFR level B2 if you’re studying at a degree level or higher

So, Certainly – To append to the last excerpt quoted from the official source, You would still require to meet up some “specific criteria” as sought by UK university in order to get an IELTS waiver which I am going to elaborate further in the next point…

IELTS waiver requirement

The condition to go towards fulfilling conditional letter requirement for higher education could vary from institution to institution and even, ranging from course to course being opted:

You can seek an IELTS waiver in three usual conditions:

  1. Medium of instruction : Submit your “English subject marks” from Class 10 and 12 as proof of your competency in this language. Basically, You will require to exhibit that English had been a medium of instruction in higher secondary.
  2. Marks minimum threshold : And then – Your scores in 10th and 12th also matter which should be at least above 60% or above in 10th and 12th class are allowed by some universities after the telephonic or personal interview.
    Some institutes may even ask for marks to be above 70% for major subjects..
    Note – Marks requirements can also vary (usually on higher side) if you have done your schooling from state boards.
  3. Interview: Finally, You may be asked for a short interview to prove your command over the English language with a telephonic/online or Skype interview with the representative from specific university where you have procured an offer letter from…

Top universities to apply without IELTS

I won’t be going much into the nitty gritty as there has been exhaustive list already provided by leverage edu which you can refer and know more in depth by going to redirected official site for specific universities.

Other Alternatives to IELTS


UK universities again, have the most LIBERAL approach when it comes to acceptance horizon for English language proficiency tests for undergraduate studies in the UK for international students

You have not one..two.. but THREE tests.. and even more apart from widely recognized IELTS, with IELTS indicator and Duolingo introduced amidst Covid-19.

I strongly presume that most of the aspirants are already familar with IELTS – most widely recognized English test for immigration purposes, henceforth, without talking precisely about IELTS, I would imperatively bring your attention to English tests such as Duolingo and Pearson test of English – which have been introduced quite recently for UK study.


Introduced during Covid-19 lockdown juncture – and undoubtedly, It has gained much admiration due to several reasons like being easier, shorter duration and quick result turnaround etc.

More than 70 UK universities are already accepting Duolingo as a standalone English competency test. Duolingo has gained more momentum especially now as an alternative to IELTS due to the unprecedented times brought up by COVID-19. 

Pearson test of English – PTE 

And then, for the computer savvy candidates – you have this as the most viable test option to score higher if we compare the test levels with IELTS

These above trustworthy words are coming from a test taker, none other than me,having extensive experience in Information technology domain and gave all 3 distinguished popular English Proficiency tests (CD-IELTS, PTE and Duolingo)— and got 7+ band score (Proficiency English level scores) in all of them!

Coming back to advantages which are being stated to affirm standpoint as to why PTE is become one of the favorite English test to score and achieve desired band score :

✔️Superfast exam results – 2-3 days (even within 48 hours) = Enabling you to have faster Visa process
✔️ Listening and reading ON EASIER SIDE

Therefore – It has become the FAVORITE test for people who can type on computers and are familiar with it’s basic functioning!

98% of UK universities already are accepting PTE for international students.

So, Certainly in light of wide acceptance by UK institutes and the specific test being easer to SCORE – if IELTS and Duolingo don’t work for you, PTE should!

What UK’s Points-Based Immigration System will unveil for studying in 2021 for English language requirement?

Before I get on to let you know as to how studying in UK will be accessed through new Points-based coming in 2021:

Let me quickly bring some facts on the face of records through legit sources portraying why it will IMMENSELY benefit Indian skilled migrants, at the very outset!

There have been strong optimistic words coming from all spheres saying that “UK Point-based system will immensely benefit Indians planning to study, work or live in UK” as even said by UK India British Council

Likened to the Australian system, the Home Office say it will prioritise the brightest and best from around the world to support the needs of the UK economy.

The scheme should benefit Indians by effectively eliminating the discrepancy between those applying to work in the UK from within and outside of the EU.

And then, to support the stand point cited above – Points based system for General skilled migration in Australia has always attracted Indian skilled migrants with Indians now being third largest group of migrants in Australia”

So, If we take it in conjunction with what history has to says – The above thesis could certainly resonate here for UK with points based system.

UK Points system – 2021 for study purposes

Proposed points table for 2021 intake

Going back to talk precisely about points system – It will now be altered with the total points required criteria, if you want to get successful Student Visa grant for the UK :

  1. Students will be covered by the points-based system and then, Visa applicant will have to attain 70 points as per table abov..
  2. English language requirement has also been added with the new points based assessment

Now, There’s a lot of confusion with experts in the education sector refuting statements of each other – put across.

The confusion is around – “Whether English language requirement has become compulsory” to gain required points with new points system or will UK still continue with the aforementioned policy of delegating this to education providers?

Yes, It has become compulsory and Points are non-tradable as even said by UKVI

But…But..But.. if you will see it while being “hawk-eyed”, there is something else on the face of records –

  1. Firstly, you will see that the new point system document doesn’t squarely reveal any English test along with minimum score level anywhere alike what we usually see with Evidence of English language requirement with Canada or Australia, where the other developed nations have explicitly stated about English tests being accepted along with score levels.. 
  2. Secondly, English language requirement is still mentioned at a broader level in the current official document.

So, It can be concluded at least for now – that UK immigration could carry forward the similar assessment criteria, keeping in view – the similar CEFR levels as seen currently.

And yes – there’s GOOD but confusing update

UK Immigration has decided to carry forward similar CEFR levels in the new points-based system atleast for now!

How can we help with Student Visa applications for UK?

There should be absolutely no doubt in your mind by now – about the benefits of studying in the UK as an international student and how you can get past the major roadblock and still get a confirmation letter from your desired university with UK having most liberal norms for Evidence of English.

But, if you are worried about how to take the next course of action, fret not.

Fly2Victory can guide you through a step-by-step process to eliminate the chances of student visa refusal, meet immigration formalities and secure admissions in the UK university of your choice.