Student route essentials: English language assessment (for Higher Education Providers with a Track Record of Compliance)

This online session will focus solely on the English language requirements of the Student route and is aimed at delegates working at Higher Education Providers with a Track Record of Compliance. As well as considering the legal requirements, we will also discuss how to assess English (by non-Secure English Language Test methods) in ways that are acceptable to the Home Office.  

No prior knowledge of this area is required, though an overview of how the Student route works would be useful background before attending – see The course is open to anyone, whether or not you assess English language as part of your job. If you are new to the Student route, you might want to attend UKCISA’s Introduction to the Student Route online course before coming to this course. The session will include presentations and the opportunity for you to raise your questions and let others know about your experience.   

Aim and objectives 

By the end of this session, you will understand the English language requirements a Student route applicant must meet and your responsibilities as a sponsor when assessing whether those requirements have been met.  

In order to achieve this aim, you will: 

  • know the minimum levels of English language your Student route applicants must hold 
  • be familiar with the methods of English language assessment the Home Office specifies for Student route applicants 
  • know where to find the sources of the English language requirements for Student applicants 
  • be confident when considering the type of qualifications that can be used to assess English language ability when the requirements allow flexibility. 

We will not have time to discuss areas of immigration law other than the English language assessment for Student route applicants at Higher Education Providers with a track record of compliance. This means we will not be considering other Student route requirements or different immigration routes, such as Child Student, Short-term student and Visitors. These areas are covered in detail in other UKCISA courses.   

This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or in conjunction with some of our related courses, which will expand on other requirements such as academic progression and financial requirements. 

To support this course we will be introducing the use of Padlet for delegates to access and use. Padlet is an online collaboration tool, much like an online notice board, where tutors and delegates can post text, video files, images etc.   

Tutors will use this space to share slides that support our online training, provide a networking space for delegates who attend the training and to follow-up on any questions that tutors take away during the training.   

We look forward to using this as an additional way to engage with our attendees, and we encourage you to use this to connect with other UKCISA members. Further information on how to use Padlet will be provided alongside the joining instructions to this training. 

The trainers are not English language teachers but have many years of experience of recruitment, admissions and of understanding and explaining the requirements international students must meet. 


Sarah Rimmington, Advice and Training Officer, UKCISA 

Ros Martin, Consultant

Ros has worked in the Higher Education sector for more than 25 years, specifically with international students and the Tier 4/Student route since its introduction in 2009. During this time, she has worked in a variety of roles, including recruitment, admissions, student support and compliance within several UK universities as well as working as an Advice & Training Officer at UKCISA and a short period working at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Since 2015 Ros has advised many universities and colleges on international student matters in her role as an HE consultant. 


  • Date(s): 27 October 2021
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Price: £85 for UKCISA members and Student Unions. £150 for non-members
  • Location: Webinar
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