Apply to SAE with Clearing Plus and reserve your place at the Home of Creatives

06 Jul 2020

SAE UK is a global creative media education provider with UK campuses in London, Liverpool, Oxford and Glasgow. We offer 2-year degrees and 1-year skills diplomas in six subjects: Animation, Audio, Music Business, Film, Games Programming and Web Development. 

Start this September 

This year, we understand that applying for higher education is different to usual, with a lot of uncertainty around coronavirus, exam results and how this will affect provider offerings. SAE is committed to fulfilling your offer to study with us this year, with enrolment guaranteed to take place on 14 September. 

You can view entry requirements to our courses here, but don’t worry - we understand that many students have had their exams cancelled this year and may receive final grades lower than those they expected. Our friendly recruitment and admissions teams will do everything they can to deploy maximum flexibility to ensure you can still start studying with us this year. 

Get out into the industry faster, with less student debt 

With our 2-year degrees, SAE students graduate sooner and get out into their chosen creative industry faster than their peers at other universities, as well as saving £9,000 on fees compared to a traditional 3-year degree. Our degree courses at SAE Oxford, SAE Liverpool, SAE London and SAE Glasgow are fully funded for eligible students via Student Finance England, with partial funding available for eligible Scottish students interested in SAE Glasgow from Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Our practical, hands-on courses are taught with small class sizes, which give you plenty of contact time with our expert lecturers, who are practising professionals. 

SAE UK General Manager and Managing Director Steffan Davies said: “The SAE offer is unique because our courses are geared towards providing students with practical skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in the creative media industries. Our team has coped extremely well with the Coronavirus outbreak, with many students praising our response to the crisis. I want to reassure those thinking about joining us in September that there is no need to delay your application to higher education: SAE courses will all be running in September and we can’t wait for you to begin your creative journey here at the home of the creatives.” 

Don’t just take our word for it 

Chat to a current student to find out what they like about studying at SAE via Unibuddy on our website or via UCAS. Whether you’ve got questions about the course content, extracurricular activities such as the SAE Live Lounge or Global Game Jam, or you’d like to hear more about the way that our teams have responded to the COVID-19 crisis, SAE students will be able to give you their honest opinion.  

Apply to kickstart your creative future with SAE, the home of creatives 

From 6 July – 20 October, you can apply for a course using Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from SAE, as long as the course you are interested in still has places. You can use Clearing if:

  • you’re applying after 30 June
  • you didn’t receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
  • you didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • you’ve declined your firm place using the ‘decline my place’ button in Track

How do I apply using Clearing? 

  1. Ask for advice - Talk to an adviser at your school, college, centre, or careers office – they can talk you through alternative courses/subjects. If you’re applying independently, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Clearing process on 
  2. See what courses are available - Use the UCAS search tool to find courses – it's the only official vacancy list, so it’s the most up-to-date. 
  3. Talk to any universities or colleges you're interested in - Before you add a Clearing choice in Track, you need to call the uni and give them your Clearing number (you can find this in Track), and Personal ID, so they can look up your application.
  4. Ask if they'd accept you – they might reconsider you (maybe for the same course) even if you applied to them earlier in the year.
  5. Get informal offers over the phone – maybe from a variety of universities and colleges – then decide which one you want to accept.
  6. Take a look around the campus – even if you can’t yet have a physical tour because of COVID-19 restrictions, you can take a look at a virtual tour e.g. SAE’s 360 campus tours 
  7. Add your Clearing choice in Track - Only add a Clearing choice once you have permission from the university or college. Click 'Add Clearing choice', and fill in the course details by the date the university/college gave you on the phone. This counts as you definitely accepting the offer, so if they confirm, it'll show as an acceptance on your 'Choices' page in Track. You can only add one choice at a time, but if the university/college doesn't confirm your place, you'll be able to add another.

Apply through Clearing Plus

This year, you can apply to SAE through Clearing Plus - even if you didn’t select SAE as one of your five choices originally. You can use the self-release tool to withdraw from any other courses you have received a firm unconditional offer from, and you can put in a new enquiry with SAE UK. 

Instead of having to contact your chosen university or college and waiting to be released into Clearing, applicants can now do this themselves – saving valuable time. Online self-release will be available in Track to all placed applicants, from 5 July 2019.

How do you self-release on UCAS? 

To self-release in order to put in an enquiry with SAE, you need to login to UCAS Track and click the ‘Decline my place’ button on your homepage. Here you will be taken to a page which explains what this means, and you must fill in a drop-down question which you must complete, before confirming. You will then receive an email to confirm you are in Clearing, and you can contact SAE to secure your place for this September. 

From 6 July, if you are holding a firm unconditional place, you can release yourself into Clearing, by using the ‘decline your place’ button in Track.

You should only use this button if you no longer wish to take up your place at your firm choice, and you have spoken to your university or college and/or an adviser at your school/centre.

If you want to remain at the same university or college, but swap your course, you must to speak to your university or college in the first instance. This is because using the button in Track will mean any arrangements you have made for accommodation or scholarships will also be cancelled

If you use the button and complete the steps, your place will be declined and your contract with the university or college will be cancelled and you will lose your place – therefore, only use this button if you are sure you no longer want your place

You can get in touch with our friendly Admissions & Recruitment team here or by emailing 

Find out more about self-releasing here.