English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to achieve specified minimum IELTS scores in order to begin their studies at the College.

IELTS is the only English language qualification recognised by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) for students applying for UK visas. The IELTS test you will need to sit for RWCMD is called the IELTS Academic for UKVI and this test must be taken at an approved test centre.

Approved IELTS Test Centres (Table 3)

The chart below shows the current IELTS scores required for entry to each programme. Please beware that UKVI are likely to increase the IELTS level/score required for entry during 2016.

Programme Minimum IELTS Scores Required for Entry
BA (Hons) Acting Fluency in the English language is required for entry to this programme. This will be assessed as part of the audition.
BA (Hons) Design for Performance A minimum overall score of 5.5, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre A minimum overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
BMus (Hons) Music A minimum overall score of 5.5, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
BMus (Hons) Jazz A minimum overall score of 5.5, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
MA Acting for Stage, Screen & Radio Fluency in the English language is required for entry to this programme. This will be assessed as part of the audition.
MA Arts Management A minimum overall score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing components, and at least 5.5 in listening and speaking.
MA Jazz A minimum overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
MA Musical Theatre Fluency in the English language is required for entry to this programme. This will be assessed as part of the audition.

MA Opera Performance

A minimum overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
MA Opera Directing Fluency in the English language is required for entry to this programme. This will be assessed as part of the interview.
MA Design for Performance A minimum overall score of 5.5, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
MA Stage & Event Management A minimum overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
MMus Programmes (1 Year) A minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components, and at least 5.5 in listening and speaking.
MMus Programmes (2 Years) A minimum overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Music A minimum overall score of 5.5, with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
MPhil/PhD A minimum overall score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 in reading and writing and at least 5.5 in listening or speaking components.

If the College offers you a place following your audition or interview, this will be conditional on you achieving the minimum IELTS score for your programme before enrolling at the College.

If you have received an offer and achieved the minimum IELTS score required for entry, we will send you a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) letter by email. You will need your CAS letter to apply for a student visa. We normally send out CAS letters in late June.