C. Criteria for Admission

C1. Undergraduate entrance requirements

In order to embark upon a full-time undergraduate scheme of study, prospective students must satisfy a programme Requirement (which is specified by the admitting department and which appears in the individual subject entries in the Undergraduate Prospectus and online) and hold GCSE English or Welsh at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Specific programme requirements for undergraduate programmes are usually expressed in terms of three GCE A-levels (some of which may be specified) at certain grades. However, the University will consider a wide range of other qualifications including European, International and Welsh Baccalaureates, Advanced Diploma, Irish Leaving Certificate, SQA Advanced Highers, BTEC, Access to Higher Education Diploma and a range of international qualifications. A table showing the acceptability of these qualifications can be found in the Undergraduate prospectus and online here.

In addition to the above, individual Colleges and programmes within the University may set minimum entry requirements for levels of attainment at GCSE or equivalent, particularly in Mathematics. This information will be clearly stated within entry requirements for specific programmes online and in prospectus entries.

Candidates may, in special cases, be granted exemption from the programme requirement if recommended by a department as having reached the necessary entrance standard to enable them to start on the degree programme for which they have applied. This would usually be assessed by interview or assessment of a piece of written work.

C2. Postgraduate Entrance Requirements

Postgraduate applicants may meet University entrance and matriculation requirements as follows:

  1. A Bachelor degree qualification (equivalent to at least a UK Ordinary degree) from an “approved” institution (as defined by UK NARIC or previous approval by the University's Matriculation Sub-Committee); or
  2. Non-graduate entry (appropriate for taught master’s study only): Applicants for taught postgraduate programmes who do not have an undergraduate degree must instead have significant relevant post-qualification work or other experience which has been assessed by the Admissions Selectors as appropriate for admissions to the relevant programme; or
  3. Pre-Master’s degree from an approved institution for admission to an agreed taught programme of study; or
  4. Via a recommendation submitted to the Matriculation Sub-Committee, for candidates who do not meet normal matriculation requirements.

C3. Entrance Requirements for part-time vocational and professional programmes

For many Accredited Modules and Pathway programmes offered by the Department of Adult Education (DACE) at Swansea University there are no formal entry requirements, however some conditions apply for:

  • Part-time Degree – students can be called for interview and asked to provide a written personal statement in support of their application
  • IT Certificate and Diploma programmes - students will need to have IT skills and successfully completed accredited level modules
  • Counselling Certificate programmes – students will need to have successfully completed accredited level modules and attend an interview
  • Counselling Diploma - students will be asked to provide references, pass an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), attend interview and demonstrate fitness to practise.

C4. English Language entrance requirements

All students must demonstrate that they have achieved a required level of written and spoken English before starting their programme.  Students whose native language is not English can demonstrate that an English language requirement has been met in two ways:

While the above tests and qualifications would allow students to be admitted to the University, International applicants should expect to undertake a short Test of English at enrolment to assess whether they might benefit from additional free English Language support and to help inform the English Language policy on the acceptability of alternative English language tests. 

For more details, see the full English Language Entry Requirements policy.

C5. Other conditions of admission

For programmes which involve interaction with children and/or vulnerable adults, the University requires applicants to pass an enhanced disclosure check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - previously the Criminal Records Bureau.

In addition, we require applicants for certain vocational or professional programmes (such as Nursing, Midwifery and Medicine) to demonstrate medical “fitness to practise” prior to admission.

The detailed entrance requirements for each programme (in the relevant prospectus or on the programme web pages) indicate whether any of these conditions apply. The applicants will also be advised of these additional conditions in an offer of a place.