Academic & English Entrance Requirements

If you do not meet the English Language requirement for direct entry to your chosen pathway, you can undertake an English Language course with Swansea University's English Language Training Services (ELTS) or take a Swansea University English Language Test (also referred to as a SWELT).

Why study English Language at Swansea University?

  • 98% pass rate
  • Lecture programmes tailored to your future pathway subjects with structured seminar discussions
  • Authentic reading materials linked to your future pathway subjects
  • Learn research methods and critical thinking skills
  • Continuous portfolio assessment
  • Become familiar with Swansea as your study destination
  • Build your confidence and feel equipped to enter university
  • Accredited by British Council and BALEAP

English Language Test Exemptions

Please note that where you have obtained the required score, The College will exempt the need for IELTS from students who have taken local examinations in English such as WAEC, KSCE, ICSE, HKDSE, A-level, IB, SPM and STPM (including forecast results) etc. and will exempt students who can demonstrate where they have been taught through the medium of English. You can find further information on the English Language Requirements section of the website.

Advantages of ‘IELTS for UKVI’ Test

If you have not yet taken an IELTS test, we recommend that you choose an ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test instead of a standard IELTS Academic test.  This will allow you to be issued a ‘CAS for a Student Route’ visa instead of a ‘Short Term Study Visa Letter for a Short Term Study Visa’.  If you are issued a ‘CAS for Student Route’ visa for your English Language Course, there may be less paperwork, less travel cost and less travel time for you.

The comparison of the processes shown below applies in most cases, however if you have previously studied in the UK and/or have a complicated immigration history the process may vary depending on your individual circumstances.