How to apply




Applications to our undergraduate programmes are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of your qualifications, your personal statement, and/or your portfolio of work. See entry requirements and typical offers (below).

Application process

Apply online through the UCAS website either:

Through your school or college who are registered with UCAS, or

Independently if you do not belong to a UK school or college

When applying for one of our courses through UCAS you’ll need to enter our institution code – S05, along with the appropriate campus code and course code

Institution Code




London Oxford Liverpool Glasgow

Campus Code



BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production


BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business


BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production


BA/BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Animation


BA/BSc (Hons) Game Art Animation


BSc (Hons) Games Programming


BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development


What happens after I have applied?

Once your UCAS application has been received, we’ll assess your suitability for the course. If you clearly meet the entry criteria for the course you’ve chosen, we’ll offer you a place.

We’ll be in touch to let you know as soon as we have made you an offer. You can also see your SAE offer on UCAS Track.

Conditional offer

This means we are waiting to receive further information from you such as your exam results and/or certificates.

Unconditional offer

You have demonstrated your suitability for the course and don’t need to supply any additional information.

UCAS application checklist

  • Academic qualifications - please make sure that you list all your academic achievements. Please also list any pending qualifications.
  • Personal statement - see our advice on writing your personal statement.
  • Reference - ideally this should be a teacher or tutor at your school/college. If you are no longer in education and are working, please provide a reference from your employer.

How to I accept my place?

Simply go to UCAS Track and accept your offer online.

If you have not yet applied through UCAS please do so as soon as possible. The on time deadline for UCAS applications is 15 January. Although you may apply through UCAS at any time during the year, meeting this deadline will mean you are more likely to be successful with your application, especially where space is limited.


You can apply to higher education courses at SAE directly if you are:

  • Making a single application to SAE only
  • An SAE student attending one of our campuses and wish to progress to an honours degree
  • A mature applicant no longer attending school or college (21+).
  • An International student. Please visit the international students section.

Application process

Applying directly is easy. Simply:

  1. Download the application form
  2. Return your completed application along with your supporting documents to
  3. Be sure to read and accept the Terms and Conditions along with the Fees Policy available at

In order to speed up your application, please ensure that you submit all relevant documentation.

What happens after I have applied?

If you have demonstrated your suitability for the course, we’ll make you an Offer of Study. Once you have accepted your place, we’ll send you a welcome email with useful information on how to prepare for your educational journey at SAE.

Next steps

  1. Accept your Offer of Study by returning your Acceptance of Offer form.
  2. We will send joining instructions which contains a link to the Join portal. The portal contains all the information you will need before you arrive, it will also include your induction timetable.
  3. We look forward to welcoming you on Enrolment Day.

Entry requirements

All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Team. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the course through:

  • Your personal statement and/or portfolio
  • Your qualifications or predicted grades (these are supplied by your school or college)
  • Your academic or personal references, where applicable.

SAE typical offers

September 2016 entry

A typical offer is between 180 and 240 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

September 2017 entry  

The UCAS tariff is changing. On the new UCAS tariff, a typical offer is between 72 and 96 UCAS tariff points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Check your qualifications using the UCAS Tariff Calculator

Student selection criteria - what do we look for?

Due to the creative nature of our courses, it is not only your academic capabilities that interest us. We will also consider your creative potential and your commitment to your creative media studies. You can demonstrate this through your personal statement and/or by submitting a portfolio.

Get in touch at if you are predicted points or holding points below SAE’s typical offer.

Alternative entry routes

We are interested in students who have the potential to succeed in their studies and in the creative media industries. As an alternative to traditional entry routes, or in support of your UCAS application, you may opt to submit a portfolio of your creative endeavours. This could include recordings, films, sketch books, a blog or any suitable medium that gives you the best opportunity to show us your creative potential.

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or mature students (21+) who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry (APEL). We also welcome those thinking about thinking about transferring from another institution. Contact us at so we can guide you through your application.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements and information for International students.

Enquiries and support

Our Recruitment Advisors are here to help and to guide you throughout your application journey. Do get in touch if you have any questions at or call 03330 112 315

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