At Swansea College, we look for pupils who will embrace and abide by Swansea College’s values of courage, honour, humility and fellowship, and who have the potential to develop well towards a life of learning, leadership, service and personal fulfilment.

Our admissions criteria reflect these qualities, and our admissions process is designed to identify young people anywhere in the world who embody them. Swansea College is seeking pupils around the globe join us for the academic year beginning in September 2021.

Admissions Criteria

We expect pupils at Swansea College to be able to navigate successfully on our blended learning courses and to succeed at this critical stage of their education.

We look for pupils who will embrace and abide by Swansea College’s values of courage, honour, humility and fellowship, and who have the potential to achieve a life of learning, leadership, service and personal fulfilment.

The school’s Admissions Department recognises that Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to pupils’ education, academic records and grade outcomes. We welcome applications from academic and bright candidates who may not have met one of the entry criteria due to such circumstances.

Contact one of our enrolment advisors to discuss your child’s application:


To be admitted to Swansea College, pupils must demonstrate:

  • Academic potential: 
    > GCSE; there are no entry requirements as such, however, students may be asked to complete a literacy and numeracy test.
    > A Level; pupils who are following the GCSE or International GCSE curriculum, we look for predicted grades of 6-7-8-9 or B-A* in six to eight subjects. Applicants will be required to take subject-specific entrance tests, if they have not yet received a GCSE or International GCSE grade, or equivalent, in the subject(s) they are looking to study at A Level.
  • English proficiency: See “English Language Requirements” below for more detail.
  • Suitability for online study: Online education requires a degree of self-motivation and self-management.

A good behavioural record and the potential for leadership.

The Admissions Department warmly welcomes applications from candidates who may not have met one of the entry criteria due to disruption to the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic years.

If you are unsure of whether Swansea College is right for your child, we invite you to speak to one of our enrolment advisors prior to initiating an application.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and engagement at Swansea College. We set this English level at B1 on the CEFR framework to reflect the level of proficiency required to engage effectively with our academic programme.

Pupils who are native speakers of English or pupils who have been educated in a primarily English-speaking country for an extended period may be exempt from providing evidence of English language ability. All other pupils are required to demonstrate that their language level meets our minimum requirements for English proficiency on entry to the School, in one of the following two ways:

1. Through submitting evidence of attainment on one of our approved English language tests when completing the application form.

Please see the scores required below:

  • IELTS: Band 5.0

We recommend applicants prepare before taking an English language test. IELTS test centre information can be found here.

Applicants who do not meet the required level of English but meet all other entrance criteria should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their options.

We can recommend English support lessons to help candidates reach the required level prior to admission, and Swansea College offers support classes in English as an Additional Language (EAL) for an additional fee for those who need it, in combination with their GCSE and A level studies.

Swansea College Application Process

Stage 1:

  • Fill in the Application Form with a written personal statement.
  • If English is not the candidate’s first language, proof of their English proficiency level is required.

Stage 2: Register for an assessment window. Assessment includes an entrance test in each subject applied for, and an academic interview with a Head Teacher. The dates of the next assessment will be sent by email.

Stage 3: An interview with the Principal. Shortly after this, the Admissions Panel will confirm whether an offer will be made.
See here for more information about our full-time GCSE and A level programmes.


Key Dates

Swansea College is welcoming interest from prospective applicants for September 2021 enrolment.

Please find below the details of our next assessment window.

Form Deadline Assessment Window
Friday 25th June Monday 28th  June – Friday 2nd July

Applicants for this assessment window will have the option to indicate on the application form whether they would like to put themselves forward for Online only or for blended learning.

Pupils who wish to be considered for a Scholarship will ordinarily be required to sit additional tests, beyond those required for entry into the school as part of our standard application process.

For information or assistance with your application, please contact our enrolment team here.

A level Entrance Testing

The tests – and their marking criteria – have been carefully designed by our teachers to assess the ability of candidates at different points in the year, allowing for the fact that those candidates who sit their tests earlier in Year 11 will have covered less of the GCSE, or equivalent, curriculum.

It is a guiding principle of our Admissions Department that candidates sitting an entrance test at the beginning of Year 11 will not be disadvantaged when compared to candidates sitting their test at the end of Year 11.

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