You must pass an A1 Secured English Language Test (SELT) in at least CEFR level A1 in Speaking and Listening if you are a non-EEA national applying for leave to remain in, spouse visa, enter the UK, or if you are applying for a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa.


A1 English Language  for Spouse visa / leave to remain / leave to enter in UK

  • Course duration: 4 weeks
  • Classroom based training -Every Monday & Thursday  ( 2:00 pm-4:00 pm)
  • Distance Learning ( via online/ smartphone) :Every Monday  & Thursday  (2:00 pm-4.00 pm)
Course fee: £250.00

It is a 4 week course delivered on every Monday & Thursday  and provides:

  • Initial and diagnostics assessment to determine your readiness for taking a UKVI Grade 2 A1 Secured English Language Speaking and Listening Test.
  • Diagnostic test to help the teacher and learners identify problems that they have with the language.
  • Preparation for your selected UKVI A1 SELT GESE Grade 2 Speaking and Listening Test for spouse visa in UK
  • Use of professionally prepared pre-test materials with qualified and experience teacher
  • Mock tests prior to your test day
  • Help with booking your UKVI / A1 SELT GESE Grade 2 Trinity College London exam which is Home Office approved.
  • Teach you until you pass

A1 Fast Track English Language Test preparation for Spouse visa / leave to remain in UK

  • Course duration : 4 days
  • Course fee: £200.00
  • Classroom based training: Monday-Thursday( 12 pm-2:00 pm)
  • Distance Learning class: Monday-Thursday( 12 pm-2:00 pm)

It is a 1 week course designed for the advanced learners  and provides:

  • Free Language Level Assessment
  • Small group training with experienced and qualified English Language teacher
  • This is a Face to Face Language course for UK marriage visa / spouse visa application  including use of materials and sample exam papers and exam technique advice.
  • Help with booking your UKVI Test for the A1 Secured English Language Exam with Trinity College London
  • We liaise directly with the Home Office approved Trinity College London Test Centres.
  • Mock tests prior to your test day

Course Content

A1 Secured English Language Test Preparation for Spouse Visa required by the Home Office

  • Understand short, simple questions, requests, and statements
  • Respond with appropriate actions and positive and negative short form answers
  • Contribute to the conversation using memorized phrases and short statements
  • Use a basic range of words and simple phrases related to personal details and situations
  • Ask for very basic personal information, e.g. about possessions
  • Mock exams

Why A1 SELT Preparation Preparation Course with Hamlets Training Centre?

  • Hamlets Training Centre is a listed SELT course provider by Trinity College London
  • Our PGCE qualified English Language teachers can prepare you to pass your A1 Secured English Language test which is approved by the Home Office.
  • We provide guidance and support
  • We will teach you until you pass
  • Our success rate is 98%
  • We provide free Mock exams facilities for all candidates

    On demand FAST Track Secured English Language Course for immigration/ settlement/citizenship:

    As a national training provider, we provide training across the UK. We welcome to candidates joining our English Language courses from the other major cities of the United Kingdom including: Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Norfolk and Norwich, Portsmouth, Leeds, Kent, Cardiff , Newport , Belfast, Swansea and Edinburgh, etc. 
    As a Listed SELT Course Provider we  can prepare you  for the Trinity’s  SELT exams that are Home Office approved in London or  our outside  London.

Test Summary

We offer free exam booking for our registered candidates. There is a fee for non-registered candidates.

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Knowledge of English

You may need to prove your knowledge of the English language when you apply.

You can prove it with an academic qualification, or by taking a test.

You do not need to prove it if you’re applying as a:

  • child
  • adult coming to be cared for by a relative

Academic qualifications

You can prove your knowledge of English if both:

  • you have a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English
  • your qualification is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher

You’ll need to provide a certificate from UK NARIC confirming this when you apply.

Take an approved English language test

You can prove your knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test with at least a CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening.

If you want to settle permanently in the UK within 5 years

If you took the CEFR A1 when you first applied for your visa, you’ll need to take a CEFR A2 test when you apply to stay after 2.5 years.

If you did not need to do the CEFR A1 when you first applied for your visa but you need to do it now, you’ll need to pass it when you apply to stay after 2.5 years.

When you will not need to prove your knowledge of English

You will not need to prove your knowledge of English or take a test if:

  • you’re over 65
  • you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from meeting the requirement

You also will not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of one of the following countries:

  • 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
  • USA

Course Summary

A1 SELT-GESE  ( Classroom / distance learning)

CEFR level A1 in Speaking and Listening-Exam Preparation

Training: Every Thursday & Monday

Time: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Course Fee: £250.00
Entry Requirement: None
Course duration: up to  4 weeks

Course Summary

A1 GESE Fast Track (1 week)

Training: Small group training

Course fee: £200.00

Course days: Monday – Thursday (12:00  pm – 2:00 pm)

Who are these training for?

  • Spouse Visa
  • People who have limited expiry time of their visas

Exam Result: On the day

Certification: Within 7 working days


  • Free training if the students fail their exams
  • Support in A1 SELT exam booking

Test Summary

Test Name: A1 SELT – GESE Grade II
Duration: 6 mins
Awarding Body: TRINITY SELT
Result: Provisional results on the same day
Certificate: Certificate usually sent within 7 days
Test Type: Speaking & Listening only

London SELT Centres

London Kings Cross

344-354 Grays Inn Road (HQ)
Kings Cross,London, WC 1X 8BP

London Hammersmith

77-85 Fulham Palace Road
Hammersmith , London, W6 8JA

London Croydon

AMP House, 7th floor
Dingwall Road, Croydon , CR0 2LX

Frequently Asked Questions

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) assess English Language ability and are taken under specific secure conditions. Trinity SELTs are approved by UKVI, part of the Home Office, for Leave to Remain, British Citizenship (Naturalisation) and Tier 1, 2 and 4 visa categories where evidence of English language ability is a requirement.

Following a procurement exercise by the UK Government, Trinity is one of only two providers that have been approved to provide Secure English Language Tests for UKVI. This change took effect on 6 April 2015.

The Trinity exams offered for SELT purposes are:

  • Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) – A1, A2 and B1 tests
  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE) – B1, B2 and C1 tests

The level and type of the exam you need to take is determined by the type of visa you require. Visit the Trinity UK visa test pages for more information.

More information can be found about the individual examinations via the Trinity UK visa test pages. Everyone who is required to take a four skills test will need to take Trinity SELT ISE based on the revised ISE exams published in February 2015.

For each type of visa application, you need to take a specific test. Follow the links on this page for your test, and then choose ‘Prepare for your exam’.

Trinity’s SELT exams are available at test centres across the UK. These are located in London Croydon, London Holborn, London Hammersmith, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Peterborough.

Trinity has a wide variety of resources available for each available SELT including sample papers, videos, self-study resources and publications.

Visit our resources page and follow the link for the SELT you are preparing for.

Trinity also has Listed SELT Course Providers that offer preparation courses for your SELT. Please visit our map to find a Listed SELT Course Providers near you.

Your ID must be valid on the date of the exam, and you must have it with you on the day of the exam. The following are the only ID types that can be used to book an exam:

CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
SELT = Secure English Language Test
GESE = Graded Examinations in Spoken English



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