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Apply for Undergraduate

There are several routes that you can use to apply to one of our undergraduate courses depending on your circumstances.

If you're applying from the UK or Channel Islands, you'll need to apply to us through UCAS. If you're applying from the EU or overseas there are other options available besides applying through UCAS, like applying directly or through an agent.

We've broken down each of the different application options and when you should apply through them, below.

Apply through Clearing

We're accepting applications to some of our courses through Clearing. If you'd like to discuss applying for a place in Clearing, you can:

  • Fill in our Clearing application form below.
  • Call our Clearing team on +44 1202 363225 or +44 1202 363228 (lines are open 08.30-16.30, Monday-Friday).
  • Drop our team an email and we'll get back to you (within working hours).

You'll need to provide us with your UCAS ID, AUB student number or UCAS Clearing Number (which will be available on UCAS Track if you’re eligible for Clearing) and details of your level 3 qualifications (A levels, BTEC etc.) and the grades you achieved. We'll accept centre-assessed grades (CAG) or revised BTEC grades.

How to apply

Before starting an application, make sure to read through our portfolio guidelines, English Language requirements and entry requirements (you can find these all below).

Apply via UCAS

You can apply to study one of our 23 creative degree courses via UCAS, including entry to second and third year

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Apply direct to Undergraduate

If you're an overseas student looking to study at AUB, you can apply directly to us

Apply via an Educational Agent

We have Educational Agents all over the world to help guide you through the application process

Apply via The Common Application

International students can apply through The Common Application if you're not applying through UCAS or making a direct application

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.

Following the recent government announcement, the UCAS deadline has been extended from the 15 January 2021 to 18.00 on 29 January 2021. 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 29 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.

Contextual data: We may flag some contextual data in your application. This helps us to understand more about you as an applicant. 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.

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Short courses

If you’ve found a short course that you’d like to study, you can find out how to apply here