Citizenship Course FAQ
Who needs to do the ESOL with citizenship course?
The course is for applicants who wish to settle permanently in the UK
and want to apply for British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain.
How long is the course?
The course is a 40 hours long. We have flexible class times and can arrange the training around your
What if I need more than 40 hours training?
No problem, we will not put you forward for the test until we feel that you are ready. If you need
more than 40 hours training, this can be arranged at no extra cost.
I don't want to do Life in the UK test, do I have to do come to classes?
By Law you have to complete both courses i.e. Life in the UK Test and B1 at
CEFR level to be able to apply for ILR/Naturalization. If you do not want to come to the class, you can still prepare at home from the book.
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What if I
fail the test?
Most of our students do pass in the first attempt however If you fail the test, you need to reschedule the exam with us by paying the same fee.
My first language is English, can I still do this course?
If your first language is English and you are from one of the following countries we
are unable to accept you on the course. Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia,
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and United States of America.
However, if you have learning difficulties or any disabilities and have
explained this to the Home Office, they may allow you to do this course.
How do I register for the course?
You can register online (Click on the Link) OR simply call us for an appointment. We will need to see proof of ID – passport or travel
documents, proof of address and 2 passport sized photographs.
How much does the course cost?
The cost of the course is from £200. The price includes your course and exam fees as well as the certificate and
confirmation letter for the Home Office.
I work during the week, do you have weekend classes?
Yes, we run weekend classes as well. Please call us to check for
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Guide to Secure English Language Tests
If you need a Tier 4 General Student Visa to come to the UK, you may need to pass an approved English language test first. The rules vary depending on your nationality, the type of course you want to follow
and the type of college or university where you
plan to study. The following list of frequently asked questions provides some background information to help you understand the rules. Approved tests (known as secure English language tests, or
SELTS) must be taken in person in a secure environment, so the identity of the student sitting the test can be verified. The UK Border Agency
decides which tests are approved and the minimum English level required.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need a Secure English Language Test to study English in the UK?
- Do I have to take a Secure English Language Test for academic courses?
- What tests are approved by the UK Border Agency?
- What test score will I need to achieve?
- How do I book a Secure English Language Test in my country?
- When should I sit my Secure English language test?
Do I need a Secure English Language Test to study English in the UK?
No. However, if you plan to study for 11 months or more, you will have to demonstrate to your English school that you are at a level of at least CEFR B1. For more information about the Common
European Framework of Reference (CEFR), please see our section on English language qualifications.
Do I have to take a Secure English Test for academic courses?
If you want to study an academic course for 6 months or more, the UK Border Agency will require you to take a test unless:
- You are studying at or above degree level at a government funded college or university (if you are studying at a private institution, you will need to take a test);
- You are under 18 and coming to study in the UK on a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa;
- You are over 18, but you have studied as a child student in the UK for at least 6 months within the last two years;
- You are from one of the following countries, which the UK Border Agency considers to be majority English speaking: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada,
Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States;
- You have a completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English speaking
Note: if the UK Border Agency does not require you to take a test, your sponsor may still ask you to take a test to demonstrate your English level is sufficient for the course you want to study.
What tests are approved by the UK Border Agency?
Approved tests after November 2015 are Cambridge University and Trinity College London, these exams will be conducted in a Secure English Language Test Centre also called SELT.
What test score will I need to achieve?
If you are studying a course below degree level (e.g. A Level, national certificates and diplomas), you will need to pass at a level equivalent to CEFR B1. Minimum scores are as
IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 for listenreading, writing and speaking)
Cambridge ESOL (Minimum level PET)
If you are studying at degree level or above, you will need to pass at a level equivalent to CEFR B2. Minimum scores are as follows:
IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for listening, reading, writing and speaking)
TOEFL iBT (listening - 21, reading - 22, writing - 21, speaking
Pearson PTE Academic (minimum of 51 in listening, reading, writing and speaking)
Cambridge ESOL (Minimum level FCE)
Important note: TOEFL, Pearson and IELTS expire after 2 years.
How do I book a Secure English Language Test in my country?
To find a test centre and book a test in your country, please use the links below. If you have difficulty finding a test centre, please contact your student advisor at click-courses.com.
Cambridge ESOL www.cambridgeesol.org
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When should I sit my Secure English language test?
You will need to pass your secure English test before you can apply for a student visa. If
you are planning to come to the UK to study, you should make arrangements to sit your English test as early as possible.