Acceptable English Language tests

Acceptable English Language tests

All students must demonstrate that they have achieved a certain level of English before starting their programme. If your conditions of offer include an English language requirement this can be demonstrated a number of ways:

  • Via an approved English Language test listed below
  • via an English language qualification taught at school or degree level listed here.
  • or by successfully completing an English Language Pre-sessional Programme at Swansea’s English Language Training Services (ELTS) at the required level before starting your academic programme. More details can be found here.

We accept all of the following tests for entry to degree and postgraduate programmes at Swansea University. NB. IELTS tests can be taken at ANY test centre and do not need to be taken at an approved SELT centre. 

All tests must have been taken within the two years before the start date of your course at Swansea University. If you do not achieve one of the scores detailed below please inform the Admissions Office by sending in your test certificate anyway. In such cases the University may require that you retake the test or require that you attend a pre-sessional English course provided by the English Language Training Services department.

 

 

i

ii

iii

iv

IELTS

5.5

6.0

6.5

7

Swansea ELTS test (SWELT)

5.5

6.0

6.5

7

Swansea Presessional level 3

B

n/a

n/a

n/a

Swansea Presessional level 4

C/D

B

n/a

n/a

Swansea Presessional ASD

D

C

B

A

Cambridge First Certificate in English (pre-2015)

C (min 60 overall)

C (min 67 overall)

B (min 75 overall)

n/a

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (pre-2015)

C (min 47 overall)

C (min 52 overall)

C (min 58 overall)

C (min 67 overall)

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (pre-2015)

C

C

C

C

Cambridge English (First, Advanced and Proficiency) from January 2015

162

169

176

185

GCSE English

Grade C

Grade C

Grade C

Grade C

IGCSE English (first or second language)

Grade C

Grade C

Grade C

Grade C

A-level English

Grade E

Grade D

 

 

AS-level English

Grade C

Grade C

 

 

International Baccalaureate

English standard grade 4, higher grade 3

English standard grade 5; higher grade 4

-

-

Pearson Test of English (General)

level 3 pass

level 4 pass

level 4 pass

level 5 pass

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

51

56

62

67

TOEFL (IBT)

69

79

88

96

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

ISEII

ISE II

ISE III

ISE III

University of Reading TEEP

5.5

6.0

6.5

7.0

(i) - 5.5 is below the University's minimum requirements and would be acceptable in exceptional circumstances

(ii) - Minimum requirement for Undergraduate level 1 and some postgraduate programmes (see offer letter for details)

(iii) - Minimum requirement for Undergraduate level 2 entry and most Postgraduate Programmes (see offer letter for details)

(iv) - Minimum requirement for a small number of Postgraduate Programmes