English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Please note this list is for guidance purposes only. All applicants are required to demonstrate a proficiency in English language. If you are offered a place with an English language test as a condition of entry, you must submit your test results by the deadline of 24 August 2020 at the latest.

Please note that these tests results are only valid for two years; if you have a results certificate that is dated more than two years before the start of the course, we will not be able to accept it.

Test results can often take several weeks to be released, so it is essential that you plan and book your test well in advance.

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is able to accept the following English Language Qualifications:

We also recognise the TOEFL Home Edition test. ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test which is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. It is taken on your own computer at home and is monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU.

Please see the table below for information on the minimum levels acceptable for each course.

Minimum test scores for each programme: Suitable for Tier 4.

Courses Minimum Level Required IELTS Academic TOEFL iBT / TOEFL Special Home Edition TOEFL ITP Plus Duolingo (see note below) CAE Trinity College PTE Academic
ISE II ISE III
BMus (Hons) Music,
BMus (Hons) Jazz,
BA (Hons) Design for Performance,
MA Design for Performance,
Postgraduate Diploma – Music
Overall Score 5.5 72 543 85-90 162     42
Listening 5.5 17 54 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Reading 5.5 18 56 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Writing 5.5 17 53 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Speaking 5.5 20 See note below N/A 162 Pass Pass 42

BA (Hons) Stage Management & Technical Theatre,
MA Stage & Event Management,
MA Jazz,
MA Advanced Opera Performance,
MA Repetiteur Studies,
MMus – Music (2 years full time)

Overall Score 6.0 78 580 95-100 169     50
Listening 5.5 17 54 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Reading 5.5 18 56 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Writing 5.5 17 53 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Speaking 5.5 20 See note below N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
MMus – Music (13 months intensive) Overall Score 6.5 90 610 105-110 176     62
Listening 5.5 17 54 N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
Reading 6.0 20 59 N/A 169 Distinction Pass 51
Writing 6.0 20 60 N/A 169 Distinction Pass 51
Speaking 5.5 20 See note below N/A 162 Pass Pass 42
MA Arts Management Overall Score 7.0 100 627 115-120 185     70
Listening 5.5 17 54 N/A 162 N/A Pass 42
Reading 6.5 22 63 N/A 176 N/A Merit 54
Writing 6.5 24 64 N/A 176 N/A Merit 54
Speaking 5.5 20 See note below N/A 162 N/A Pass 42
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre,
MA Musical Theatre
Overall Score 7.0 100 627 115-120 185     70
Listening 6.5 22 64 N/A 176 N/A Merit 54
Reading 5.5 18 56 N/A 162 N/A Pass 42
Writing 5.5 20 53 N/A 162 N/A Pass 42
Speaking 6.5 22 See note below N/A 176 N/A Merit 54

 

If you have narrowly missed achieving these results, it may be possible for you to do a 10-week online English Language programme. For further information, visit the Pre-sessional English Language Course page.

 

TOEFL ITP Plus

Please note that the Speaking element will be marked by the College. The TOEFL ITP Plus test is accepted on an interim basis for 2020 entry.

 

Duolingo English Test

Please note that the overall scores shown above are indicative of the score required. Your whole test will be reviewed to provide us with a holistic assessment of your English language proficiency and to determine whether you are eligible for direct entry. Test samples will be reviewed by the College before being accepted. The Duolingo test is accepted on an interim basis for 2020 entry.