How will coronavirus impact my application to study at SAE?

SAE UK is still recruiting for May and September and beyond, so despite the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), you should still apply to kickstart your creative future with SAE!

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.

ENTRY 2020/21

Offers will be made to applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed the entry requirements below;

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. For any further equivalency queries please contact the Admissions office.

Mature Students

As a creative media education provider, SAE looks for students who are excited about the creative media industries. For applications from mature students, we also consider work and life experience. In such cases, SAE Institute requires applicants to provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to successfully complete the programme. You should submit a Digital Portfolio and an Academic Essay (More information below).

International Students

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

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

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English.

Non EU/EEA applicants

For Non EU/EEA applicants we currently accept the following qualifications for admission into our courses at degree level:

Tests for visa purposes can only be taken at approved centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government.



Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by NARIC and are adopted widely within the HE sector in the UK.


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 so we can guide you through your application.

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