Entry Requirements

Offers will be made to UK/Irish applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed, the entry requirements below, in addition to supplying a personal statement for all undergraduate courses.
Teaching at SAE
UCAS Tariff Points
All degree courses require you to achieve a level 3 qualification amounting to 72 UCAS tariff points or equivalent.
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English GSCE Level A*-C 9-4 (or equivalent)
For BA/Bsc Music Business, Film Production, Visual Effects and Animation, Game Art Animation, Web Development and Content Creation degrees
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Student working at SAE
English AND Mathematics GSCE Level A*-C 9-4 (or equivalent)
For BA/Bsc Audio Production and Games Programming degrees.
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72 UCAS points

Please see a list of what equals to 72 UCAS points

A Level DDD

SQA Highers CCCD


BTEC National Ext Diploma MMP

BTEC National Diploma DM

BTEC 90 Credit Diploma DD


We are interested in students who have the potential to succeed in their studies and in the creative media industries.


Upon receipt of your online application, one of our friendly members from the recruitment and admissions Team will be in touch with more guidance about what is required of you. SAE Institute will accept non-standard entry applications, which do not meet the 72 UCAS points or equivalent, and/or maths/English at level 2 or equivalent as required:

Portfolio of related work

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.

Please find more information here.

Successful pass mark achieved via the SAE UK Maths test

UK applicants – Academic Essay

All other applicants – Recognised equivalent qualification as this document

Music and Degrees at SAE


All applicants undertake an interview for admission to the programme.


You will have either:

Option A

  • A bachelor degree with Honours (2:2 or higher) in a relevant field, and strong evidence of creative media work experience undertaken.

or Option B

  • at least five years of professional creative industry experience.
As part of your application, you should also prepare:
  • A portfolio of work, including media files and a written summary of your involvement in the project(s)
  • A research proposal of around 500 words, broadly covering your area of interest for the Major Project
  • A CV

A candidate whose first language is not English must present evidence of having passed an English language test. The minimum acceptable level is:

  • IELTS: minimum score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) – see
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 90 (with no less than 21 in each component) – see

A candidate whose first language is not English may present evidence that their English language proficiency is equivalent to the above formal evidence and suitable for a masters level programme in the form of:

  • An English language bachelor degree or higher;
  • Successful completion of a short research report in English;
  • Evidence of significant professional practice in English
  • An online interview with MPP academic staff

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