Entry Requirements

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ENTRY 2017/18

Offers will be made to applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed the entry requirements below;

  UCAS tariff points
at A Level
(or equivalent)
Course subjects
at GCSE level
(or equivalent)

BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production

72

Mathematics 

BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business

72  

BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Making

72  

BA/BSc (Hons) Animation (Game Art or VFX specialty)

72  

BSc (Hons) Games Programming

72

Mathematics

BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development

72  

*For students studying in Scotland this is equivalent to National 5, C grade. For any further equivalency queries please contact the Admissions office.

As a creative media education provider, SAE looks for students who are excited about the creative media industries. For applications from mature students, we also consider work and life experience. In such cases, SAE Institute requires applicants to provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to successfully complete the programme. You should submit a digital portfolio and a CV.

For International equivalence of UK qualifications, you can email your query to enquiries@sae.edu. SAE Institute uses the services of NARIC to provide such advice. 

Further information can be found in our Selection and Admission Policy.

From September 2017, the UCAS tariff - the assessment tool used by most universities for entry to their undergraduate courses - will change. 

In preparation for this, we've developed the below conversion table to help you. 

Please note that the new system will not change our entry requirements. It's simply a new methodology to calculate your qualification. 

 

A-level A-level
Grade New UCAS points
A* 56
A 48
B 40
C 32
D 24
E 16

 

AS level AS level
Grade New UCAS points
A 20
B 16
C 12
D 10
E 6

 

BTEC Diploma BTEC Diploma
Grade New UCAS points
D*D* 112
D*D 104
DD 96
DM 80

 

BTEC Extended Diploma BTEC Extended Diploma
Grade New UCAS points
D*D*D* 168
D*D*D 160
D*DD 152
DDD 144
DDM 128
DMM 112
MMM 96
MMP 80
MPP 64
PPP 48

 

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

For Non EU/EEA applicants we currently accept the following qualifications for admission into our courses at degree level:

Tests for visa purposes can only be taken at approved centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government.

EU/EEA APPLICANTS

Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by NARIC and are adopted widely within the HE sector in the UK. 

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, or if your previous education was not conducted fully in English, you will need to provide documented evidence of your English language competence to study a course with us. 


For International equivalence of UK qualifications, please email enquiries@sae.edu. SAE Institute uses the services of NARIC when providing advice to international applicants.
 

EU/EEA Applicants

If you are from the EU/EEA, we are able to accept a range of English language tests. The standard requirement is at a level B2 in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). We require a level B2 standard in all of the elements:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening

Popular tests include:

  • Pearson Test of English ( PTE academic), with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • Cambridge ESOL Proficiency Test in English (CPE), at no lower than grade C
  • Cambridge ESOL Advanced Test in English ( CAE), at no lower than grade C
  • TOEFL iBT with a score of 80, with no less than 17 in any component
  • IELTS (Academic or General) with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component

For EU/EEA applicants we accept other English language tests which are equivalent to a level B2 in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Please email ukadmissions@sae.edu for clarification on whether the English language course or test that you have studied is acceptable.

International Students (i.e. Students from outside the EU/EEA)

International applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa can only apply for a visa with an IELTS qualification (IELTS (Academic or General) with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component) taken at one of a small number of approved centres around the world. Only tests taken at approved centres will be allowed for applications for a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK. Please click here for approved centres.

If an applicant is currently studying in the UK, it is also possible to take a Trinity College London B2 level test. These can only be taken at an approved UK test centre.

Please email ukadmissions@sae.edu for clarification on whether the English language course or test that you have studied is acceptable.

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