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.

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 Duolingo (see note below) CAE Trinity College
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 90 162    
Listening 5.5 17 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Reading 5.5 18 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Writing 5.5 17 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Speaking 5.5 20 N/A 162 Pass Pass

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 78 100 169    
Listening 5.5 17 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Reading 5.5 18 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Writing 5.5 17 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Speaking 5.5 20 N/A 162 Pass Pass
MMus – Music (13 months intensive),
MA Opera 360
Overall Score 6.5 90 110 176    
Listening 5.5 17 N/A 162 Pass Pass
Reading 6.0 20 N/A 169 Distinction Pass
Writing 6.0 20 N/A 169 Distinction Pass
Speaking 5.5 20 N/A 162 Pass Pass
MA Arts Management Overall Score 7.0 100 120 185    
Listening 5.5 17 N/A 162 N/A Pass
Reading 6.5 22 N/A 176 N/A Merit
Writing 6.5 24 N/A 176 N/A Merit
Speaking 5.5 20 N/A 162 N/A Pass
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre,
MA Musical Theatre
Overall Score 7.0 100 120 185    
Listening 6.5 22 N/A 176 N/A Merit
Reading 5.5 18 N/A 162 N/A Pass
Writing 5.5 20 N/A 162 N/A Pass
Speaking 6.5 22 N/A 176 N/A Merit

 

If you have narrowly missed achieving these results, it may be possible for you to do a 10-week English Language programme in summer 2021. Further details of this programme will be released shortly.

 

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 2021 entry.