We understand for many that exams will be affected this year and you may be concerned about how this could impact your place on a higher education programme at SAE. Please don’t worry - We are making every effort to ensure you are not negatively impacted and we will be using maximum flexibility.

Welcome to SAE Clearing 2021

From 5 July to 30 September, higher education institutions and colleges will be offering places on courses that still have spaces. This process is called ‘Clearing’.

As soon as you have received your results and have your Clearing ID number you are ready to call SAE. Clearing can be a stressful time, but please don’t panic! We’ve made it easy for you and put all the information you need in one place.

We have limited vacancies across the following creative media disciplines:

How do you apply through clearing?

Apply Direct

You can apply directly to SAE by filling in the Enquire Now form on this page.


Step 1 - Gather the information you need

  • Go to UCAS Track and make a note of your clearing number and personal ID number
  • Make a list of your qualifications, including your GCSEs

Step 2 - Call us on 03330 112 315

  • Call our Clearing helpline 03330 112 315 to talk about the courses and available places
  • Add your Clearing choice in Track
    Once you have an offer, 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.

Step 3 - Book a tour

  • Book a tour to take a physical or virtual tour around one of our campuses.

Enquire Now


UCAS Codes

Institute code:

  • S05

Campus code:

  • A | London
  • E | Liverpool
  • D | Glasgow
  • S | Oxford

Course code:

  • BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production - W616
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business - 4L26
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production - W612
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Animation - 615W
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Game Art Animation - IW63
  • BSc (Hons) Games Programming - G620
  • BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development - W281

Why study at SAE?

  • Our 2-year practical degrees cost less than the typical 3-year model - and they mean you get out into industry sooner.
  • Our hands-on, industry focused training helps you reach the top of your game.
  • Our state-of-the-art campuses have high-tech, industry-standard facilities and equipment
  • Covid SAFE campuses with naturally small class sizes
  • A blended approach to learning
  • Our industry supporters can offer you invaluable work experience, guidance and inspiration including SAE Extra masterclasses, where they share their tips and tricks for getting ahead.
  • Our alumni mentoring scheme will make sure you are a true professional by the time you graduate. Our alumni network connects over 12,000 members across the globe.

Start your creative journey with SAE

Call us now on 03330 112 315 or fill in the online application form now.

Application Form

What are the entry requirements to study at SAE?

Course Requirements

  • You need a minimum of 72 UCAS tariff points (if you don’t quite meet these requirements, call our admissions team on 03330 112 315 to discuss)
  • You have the equivalent* of a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English
  • If you are wanting to study Audio Production or Games Programming you also need the equivalent of a Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE Maths
  • If you are a mature student, we also consider work and life experience. In such cases, SAE requires applicants to provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to successfully complete the programme


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.

Academic Essay

Essay topics are chosen from one of the two listed below (word count between 1000-1200 words):

  1. Explain two significant changes in creative media that have taken place in the last two years.
  2. Choose a creative media artist and discuss why they are significant.

In your essay, you should refer to evidence and examples to support your arguments. Make sure you check your expression and grammar to ensure your work is clear and understandable.

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 enquiries@sae.edu so we can guide you through your application.

Information for BTEC and Access students

If you already have your BTEC or Access results and you are interested in studying on a course at SAE, you don't need to wait until August before starting to search for your place.

Please contact our Admissions team now to find out about places available at enquiries@sae.edu or call 03330 112 315

If your qualifications meet our requirements, we can make you a firm offer on the course of your choice (subject to availability and interview for certain courses).

Your BTEC results

If you haven't yet applied to us, you will need to obtain your results from your school or college before applying for a place.

If you have already applied, we will receive BTEC results directly from UCAS from June-September. If you already have your results, please email them to enquiries@sae.edu as this will speed up the process and allow you to firm up your plans to come to SAE in September.

Access students

Whether you have yet to apply or are already holding an offer at SAE, please scan and send your Access results through to enquiries@sae.edu as soon as you receive them from your college.

If you are an Access or BTEC student with outstanding Level 2 or GCSE qualifications, please don't wait until you get these results to send existing qualifications through to us. Send us your Access or BTEC results as soon as you receive them.

English Language Requirements

Please look at our Entry Requirements page for more information.

Recognition of prior learning

If you hold a qualification from another institution, or if you have formally completed components of another qualification, you must submit authorised evidence of those achievements along with your application.

Please refer to Policy A06 Academic Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for details.