Our English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but the following English language tests are also accepted if taken within the listed period before the start of the programme at Swansea.

If you obtained the test outside the valid period which met standard programme requirements, it may still be possible to accept you if you have undertaken further study or worked in the medium of English since taking the test. See below for further details.

If you have applied for a degree or postgraduate programme we will accept an IELTS (Academic) test taken at ANY test centre, not just those approved by the UKVI. But if you have applied for a programme below degree level or English Language Training programme the IELTS test would need to be an UKVI-approved test otherwise known as a SELT (Secure English Language Test).

Qualification Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Equivalent to IELTS 6.5 Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 Validity Period
IELTS Academic (UKVI) 6.0 6.5 7.0 2 years before issue of CAS
IELTS Academic  6.0 6.5 7.0 2 and a half years
Swansea ELTS test (SWELT)  6.0 6.5 7 2 years
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency since 2015’ 169 176 185 3 and a half years
Cambridge: First Certificate in English before 2015 min 67 overall min 75 overall n/a 3 and a half years
Cambridge: Certificate in Advanced English before 2015 min 52 overall min 58 overall  min 67 overall 3 and a half years
Cambridge: Certificate of Proficiency in English before 2015 C C C 3 and a half years
GCSE English or IGCSE English (first or second language) Grade C  Grade C  Grade C  3 and a half years
A-level English Language and/or Literature Grade D     3 and a half years
AS-level English Language and/or Literature Grade C      3 and a half years
INTO English Language Assessment 169 176 185 3 and a half years
Irish Leaving Certificate English HL Grade B3     3 and a half years
International Baccalaureate English Language and/or Literature standard level 5; higher level 4 standard level 5; higher level 5 - 3 and a half years
Pearson Test of English (General) level 4 pass level 4 pass level 5 pass 2 and a half years
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 56 62 67 2 and a half years
TOEFL (IBT) 79 88 96 2 and a half years