English language entry requirements

To study at the University for the Creative Arts, we require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course.

If you are a Tier 4 student, you need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT) which is recognised by the UK Home Office. Your SELT must be taken within two years of the start of the course.

Important update on ETS qualifications 17 April 2014

The Home Office has today announced the suspension of ETS tests as evidence of English language ability.This now means that all ETS qualifications (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer acceptable as evidence of English language ability for immigration purposes. This affects all ETS tests taken in the UK and outside of the UK.

Applicants are being advised by the Home Office to take a test with an alternative provider from the approved list. Further information will be published by the Home Office in due course and will be available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests.

If you have any questions about this may affect you, please don't hesitate to contact UCA's International Admissions Team via internationaladmissions@ucreative.ac.uk or on +44 (0)1252 892838.

This information is correct as of 17 April 2014. We will provide an update on any further changes on 22 April 2014.

Don't forget, if you haven't yet met the English language requirements for your course, there's still time to secure a place on a pre-sessional English course at UCA this summer.

Pre-sessional English for Art & Design

Our Pre-sessional English language courses are specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design in the UK. Each course will improve your IELTS score by 0.5 (5 week course) or 1.0 (10 week course) and enable you to meet the English requirements for your main course at UCA.

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs)

An example of English language requirements using IELTS is included in the following table.We also accept other Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) to the equivalent level which have been approved by the Home Office.


You can find a list of Home Office Secure English Language Tests here.

Course/level applying for

IELTS Overall

IELTS Subscores

International Foundation in Art & Design

with 5 weeks Intensive English

5.0

Listening 4.5

Reading 4.5

Speaking 4.5

Writing 4.5

International Foundation in Art & Design

with 10 weeks Intensive English

4.5

Listening 4.0

Reading 4.0

Speaking 4.0

Writing 4.5

International Foundation Art & Design

5.5

Listening 5.0

Reading 5.0

Speaking 5.0

Writing 5.0

Foundation Diploma

6.0

Listening 5.5

Reading 5.5

Speaking 5.5

Writing 5.5

BA

*Except BA Journalism

6.0

Listening 5.5

Reading 5.5

Speaking 5.5

Writing 5.5

BA Journalism

7.0

Listening 6.5

Reading 6.5

Speaking 6.5

Writing 6.5

Graduate Diploma: Art & Design

5.5

Listening 5.5

Reading 5.5

Speaking 5.5

Writing 5.5

MA

*Except MA Journalism

6.0

Listening 5.5

Reading 5.5

Speaking 5.5

Writing 5.5

MA Journalism

7.0

Listening 6.5

Reading 6.5

Speaking 6.5

Writing 6.5

MBA

6.5

Listening 6.0

Reading 6.0

Speaking 6.0

Writing 6.0


Contact the International Admissions team
for advice on the entry requirements for other English language tests.

Contact us

For further information, please contact our International Admissions team:
T: +44 (0) 1252 892785
E: internationaladmissions@ucreative.ac.uk

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