How will coronavirus impact my application to study at SAE?

SAE UK is recruiting for all future intakes, including September 2021. We have a strong Covid-SAFE plan in place, so apply now to kickstart your creative future with SAE!

For full details of our approach to teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, see important information for applicants here

Important Information for EU/EEA Nationals


Offers will be made to applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed the entry requirements below, in addition to supplying a personal statement:

Degree Entry Requirements for 2020/21

  UCAS tariff points
at A Level
(or equivalent)
Course subjects
at GCSE level A* - C
9 - 4 (or equivalent)**
BA/BSc (Hons) Audio Production 72 Mathematics & English
BA/BSc (Hons) Music Business 72 English
BA/BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production 72 English
BA/BSc (Hons) Visual Effects Animation 72 English
BA/BSc (Hons) Game Art Animation 72 English
BSc (Hons) Games Programming 72 Mathematics & English
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development 72 English

**For students studying in Scotland this is equivalent to National 5, C grade.



A Level DDD
SQA Highers CCCD
SQA Adv Higher DDD

BTEC National Ext Diploma MMP
BTEC National Diploma DM
BTEC 90 Credit Diploma DD


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

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English, equivalent to UK GCSE (Level 2) grade 4 (c) or above.

Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by NARIC and are adopted widely within the UK Higher Education sector, including:

  • TOEFL (IBT) 72 overall with the following component scores:
    • Listening – 17
    • Writing – 17
    • Speaking – 20
    • Reading – 18

Full details of acceptable English Language qualifications can be found here

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


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

  Non-Standard Assessment Criteria

Less than 72 UCAS points

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.

No level 2 maths qualification or acceptable equivalent

Successful pass mark achieved via the SAE UK Maths test

No level 2 English qualification or acceptable equivalent

UK applicants – Academic Essay

All other applicants – Recognised equivalent qualification as this document

A member of the admissions team will be in touch upon receipt of your online application with guidance about what is required.


All applicants undertake an interview for admission to the programme.

You will have either:

  • a Bachelor degree with Honours (2:1 or higher) in a relevant field, and strong evidence of creative media work experience undertaken.


  • at least five years of professional creative industry experience.

Admission English language requirements

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

Diploma Entry Requirements

To apply for a diploma or to find out more information, please go to the short courses page.

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