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Our Undergraduate courses offer you the opportunity to study an arts subject you love in a creative community, on a specialist campus. You can apply to study one of our 24 creative courses via UCAS, including direct entry application to second and third year.

How to apply

Before starting an application, make sure to read through our entry requirements for our courses below. You can also find out more about our English Language requirements.

Step 1: Apply through UCAS

Our institution code is A66. All of our courses take place on one site, so we don’t have a campus code.

We’ll use your completed UCAS form to make decisions about your application. Make sure you include all of the qualifications that you have and are currently taking. You can also tell us about any work experience that you've done.

In your personal statement, we’d like to know more about why you're interested in the course, the key influences on your work and what you hope to do after your studies. There’s more advice in our personal statement guide here.

In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to make an online application to us if you're unable to apply via UCAS. Please contact us for more information:

The UCAS deadline for applications is 15 January for entry the following September. This is the deadline for equal consideration, but you can apply at any time until 30 June. UCAS Clearing opens in July.

If you do apply after 1 January, you should be aware that places may be limited on our courses. If you require a visa, we advise you to get started on your application as soon as you can. You can read more about visas here.

Step 2: Track your Application

You can track the status of all your applications via UCAS Track.

Once we've received your application, we’ll send you an email with your login details for our online portal, MyApplication.

You can use this to monitor the progress of your application to AUB. We might contact you for more information, so keep checking your inbox for messages.

Contextual data: We don’t take contextual data into account when making a decision about your application. You can read more about contextual data here.

Transparency data: Information on the number of applications, offers, registrations and attainment of different groups of AUB applicants and students is available on the OFS Transparency page below.

Step 3: Interviews, Portfolios and Applicant Days

Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distance, we will not be able to offer on-campus interviews to applicants this cycle. For courses that require a portfolio review or an audition Admissions will be in touch with you and request a digital portfolio or audition.

We will hold Offer Holder days in Spring and invite applicants to visit the campus and meet the course team, or if you are unable to visit AUB you will be able to attend a virtual Offer Holder Day.

This is for all Foundation, BA and MA courses. However, these BA courses do not request portfolios unless we have a non-traditional applicant

Step 4: Accepting your offer

Once we've made a decision, we’ll update you via UCAS Track and MyApplication. We should be able to tell you about our decision within 10 working days. We’ll let you know if there's any delay.

Once you've heard from all of the universities, you’ll receive an email or a letter from UCAS, asking you to respond to your offers.

You’ll be able to go to UCAS Track to accept the offer you’d like to take up.

If you change your mind after you accept your offer, you can cancel your acceptance within the cancellation period of 14 days. You can find out more about this here.

UCAS will let you know the deadline to do this. If you miss this, UCAS will decline the offer on your behalf. If this happens, you’ll need to contact our Admissions team and UCAS asap.

Step 5: Getting your results

You must meet the conditions of your offer by 31 August to be able to take up your place – even if your offer is for deferred entry.

We receive most exam results electronically from UCAS. If your qualification is not listed by UCAS, or you're taking an IELTS or overseas qualification, you’ll need to send us your results.

We’ll need to see a scan or a photocopy of your official results slip to confirm your place.

If you haven’t quite met the conditions of you offer, we'll still consider you and we may still be able to confirm your place.

If you applied to us directly then you'll need to accept your offer via MyApplication.

Step 6: Coming to AUB

Once your place is confirmed, we’ll send you a confirmation letter and a Welcome Guide to the course.

We will keep in regular contact with you and send you information about accommodation, your visa application (if applicable) and enrolment.

If you are joining us from outside the UK, our International team will be in touch to help you prepare for your arrival.

Applying via UCAS/Applying Directly

Home UK and Channel Islands

You must apply to us through UCAS for full-time undergraduate courses.

EU and Overseas

If you're applying for a full-time undergraduate course, you can either apply to us directly or through UCAS.

If you're only applying to AUB we would recommend that you apply directly to us. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in early November.

If you're applying to more than one university in the UK, you must apply through UCAS.

Please note we can only consider direct online applications if you've not applied and will not apply through UCAS for this year of entry

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all areas of the world into our creative community.

Entry Qualifications

All applicants must have Level 3 qualifications, which should include at least one creative subject. We're looking for between 112 and 120 UCAS Tariff points, but we'll always consider applicants who may fall below this tariff band.

The standard offers for degree courses include:

  • GCE A Levels – BBB at A Level excluding General Studies, or 120 UCAS Tariff points
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Pass
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Distinction* Distinction*
  • BTEC/OCR Extended Diploma at Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • RSL/UAL Diploma – must be combined with other Level 3 qualifications equivalent to 112-120 UCAS Tariff points
  • RSL/ UAL Extended Diploma at Merit
  • A combination of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and A Levels – equivalent to 120 UCAS Tariff points
  • Three BTEC Subsidiary Diploma passes at Grade Merit
  • Scottish Highers – five passes at Grade C or above

All relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, including RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts, VCTC awards, Access to Higher Education Diploma, AQA/ OCR Technical Awards and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

For BA (Hons) Architecture, the standard offer is ABB at ALevel (128 UCAS) Tariff points.

IB Qualifications

IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma – score equivalent to 112-120 UCAS tariff points. We'll consider applications from students who haven’t enrolled in the full IB Diploma Programme and have completed independent subject courses/certificates.

Students who have chosen not to enrol in the IB Diploma Programme will be expected to achieve three Higher Level subjects at Grade 5 or equivalent. We also accept the European Baccalaureate with a minimum score of 75%.

Qualifications by Country

Austria – Successful completion of the Reifeprüfungzeugnis or Matura requirement with an overall average Grade of 2.

Belgium – Successful completion of the Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, with an overall result of 6.5/10 or 13/20.

Bulgaria – Pass Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with an overall average mark of at least 5.0.

China – Successful completion of the Chinese Senior Secondary School Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 70% OR Pass CAFA International Foundation Year with a minimum of 70%.

Cyprus – Achieve a minimum overall grade of 17 in the Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou or 80% in the Greek Cypriot Apolyterion.

Czech Republic – A score of 2.9 or higher in the Maturita.

Denmark – Successful completion of the Studentereksamen with an overall result of 8/12.

Estonia – Successful completion of Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus with an overall average result of 4.0 or above in all subjects, and Riigieksamid (National Exams) with average result of 70% in tests taken.

Finland – Successful completion of the Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen with a result of 4/6 (Cum Laude).

France – A good pass (grade 12 or above) in the Baccalaureate. Baccalaureate à Option Internationale / Baccalaureate de l’Enseignement du Second Degré.

Germany –Achieve a minimum overall grade of 2.7 in the Abitur Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Zeugnis der Reife / Reifezeugnis. A minimum grade of 10 (Gut) on the English component of the Abitur meets our English language requirements.

Greece – Achieve a minimum overall grade of 17 in the Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou or 80% in the Greek Cypriot Apolyterion.

Hong Kong – Applicants should present 120 UCAS Tariff points from 3 subjects on the HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) in core or elective subjects, excluding liberal and general studies. This would normally be grades of 5, 5, and 4.

Hungary – A grade of 4.0 in the Erettsegi.

Iceland – Successful completion of Iceland Studentsprof with 7 in English when taken as a compulsory language.

India – 65% on 12th standard from the following accepted exam boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal. At least 70% 12th Standard English Language from an accepted exam board.

India (Architecture) – 70% on 12th standard from the following accepted exam boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal. At least 70% 12th Standard English Language from an accepted exam board.

Ireland – Pass FETAC: 3 subjects with Distinction and 2 with Merit. Or Pass Irish Leaving Certificate (Irish Highers) : H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 or equivalent.

Italy – A minimum of 70 points in Diploma di Esame di Stato (formerly Diploma di Maturita).

Japan – Successful completion of the Japanese Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 3 OR successful completion of JCFL Study Overseas Art and Design college program.

Latvia – Good grades (7 – 8) in the Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu, plus a Grade 8 for English.

Lithuania – Brandos Atestatas overall grade 7.5, with grade 8 for English.

Malaysia – Successful completion of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysia Higher School Certificate) with grades BBB.

Netherlands – Successful completion of the VWO Diploma with an overall results of 7/10.

Norway – Vitnemal: den Videeregaende Skole Examen Artium (with four in key subjects including English).

Oman – General Education Diploma with a minimum 80% mark.

Poland – Successful completion of the Matura with an overall result of 60%.

Portugal – Diploma de Ensino Secundário / Certificado de fim de Estudios Secundários with an average score of 16.0 in all subjects.

Romania – Pass Romania- Diploma de Bacalaureat with Grade 7 or above.

Slovakia – lovakia-Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuske with a minimum of Grade 2.0 (chvalitebny) in all subjects with the majority at grade 1.0 (vyborny).

South Africa – Successful completion of the South African National Senior Certificate with grades ABBBB/76666.

South Korea – Successful completion of the South Korean High School Diploma with grades above mi (70-79).

Spain – Pass Titulo de Bachillerato with an average mark of 7.0 or higher.

Sweden – minimum grade of 14 in the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola, plus VG/MVG in the ‘B’ course in English.

Switzerland – Pass Cantonal Maturity Certificate or a Federal Maturity Certificate, or a professional Maturity Certificate at grade 4.

Taiwan – Successful completion of the Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 70%.

Turkey – Successful completion of the devlet Teknik LISE Diplomasi or Devlet Meslek LISE with grades of 4.0 or above. (70% or above).

USA – For direct admission, prospective applicants are urged to follow a college preparatory programme in high school, taking a senior course in fine or applied art where possible.

We will accept any one of the following:

  • Successful completion of an accredited honours or college preparatory high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion of an accredited high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above plus one of the following:
  • 3 AP exam results with a grade of 3 or higher
    • SAT I (Reasoning) scores of at least 1100
    • SAT II subject tests in at least 2 subjects with minimum scores of 600
    • ACT test results in at least 2 subjects with minimum scores of 24
  • Successful completion of an accredited Associate’s Degree
  • Successful completion of first year (freshman year) of University at an accredited University
  • Successful completion of a recognised Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Studies

Vietnam – Successful completion of and evidence of Tot Nghiep Pho Thong trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate).

Have a question?

We understand that applying to university can be a confusing time. We've answered a few of our frequently asked question below but if you have an unanswered question or are unsure about whether your qualifications meet our requirements, you can email our Admissions team on

You can also call us on 01202 363225 or 01202 363228.

The UCAS deadline for applications is 15 January for entry the following September. This is the deadline for equal consideration, but you can apply at any time until 30 June. UCAS Clearing opens in July.

If you do apply after 15 January, you should be aware that places may be limited on our courses.

Applications directly to second or third year can be made via UCAS. As a general rule, you’ll need to meet our entry requirements and the content of the degree you’re currently studying needs to be very similar to the course you're transferring to.

We’ll also need you to provide an academic transcript from your current University.

Due to the nature of the course, our BA (Hons) Acting course can only accept applications for first year.

Conditional offer – this means that you must fulfil certain criteria before you can be accepted onto a course. Usually, this will be passing your current examinations at a certain grade. The details of the offer are printed in your offer letter and can be viewed on MyApplication and via UCAS Track.

Unconditional offer – this means that you have already satisfied the entry criteria and have secured a place.

UCAS defines mature students as applicants over 21. If you are a mature student and you meet the entry requirements above, please apply through UCAS.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we may still consider your application. We can assess your formal qualifications and also take into account relevant work experience.

We're very interested in applicants who have relevant experience in the creative industries, so make sure you give details of this in your application.

We might advise you to take a Foundation Diploma course at AUB, or to consider an Access to HE course. Unfortunately, we don't offer Access courses at AUB, but you can find out more here.

If you're unsuccessful, you’ll be able to view feedback on the UCAS website. We’ll also send you a message on MyApplication, giving you further information.

If you would like to request additional feedback, you can email – Please note that only you can request this feedback.

AUB will only consider overseas applicants through The Common Application who have not already applied through UCAS. Applicants submitting applications via The Common Application must be liable to pay overseas fees.

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