Applying for a courseEntry requirements

Undergraduate courses

We welcome applications from students from all backgrounds and ages.

This includes applicants from International Schools around the world and we will accept a wide range of qualifications.

If you have any queries about entry requirements or can’t find your qualifications below, please contact, and we will be happy to help.

When we assess your application, we look at a number of criteria including your qualifications and personal statement. Most applicants will be invited to attend an interview or submit a portfolio.

You can use this UCAS tariff calculator to work out how many points you have.

Academic qualifications and UCAS tariff points are important, but if your grades fall outside of what’s set out below, you may still be considered so please still submit a UCAS application. Each application is considered on its own merit and we will take your practical skills or relevant experience into consideration.

The new UCAS tariff – what does it mean and what has changed?

When you apply to UCAS for 2017 entry, it’s important to know that the UCAS tariff system has changed. From September 2017, UCAS tariff points – the system most universities use to compare different qualifications – have introduced a new system to calculate tariff points.

What is the new UCAS tariff?

UCAS is attaching fewer points to qualifications – for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 new tariff points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016.

So you will still need to achieve the same grades at A level, BTEC or other Level Three qualifications to get into university, but the way they are counted has changed.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system, so a tariff score could be made up of A levels, BTECs, or a combination of Level Three qualifications.

A standard offer from AUB is BBB at A Level, excluding general studies. Under the new UCAS tariff, this equates to 120 new tariff points.

The grades you achieve will not change – only the tariff points attached to that particular grade have changed. Our standard offers and the grades we ask for have not changed.

You can take a look at UCAS’ video about the new tariff here.

If you are uncertain about anything, or confused in any way by these changes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to explain exactly how these changes will affect you. Simply email

Academic Qualifications

BA (Hons) degrees

All applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, which must include English and Maths. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2 such as Key Skills, Functional Skills, ALAN tests or the BTEC First Diploma.

Plus a relevant Level 3 qualification – we accept a wide range of qualifications including:

  • GCE A levels
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas at level 3
  • BTEC Nationals at level 3
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • OCR National
  • NVQ at level 3
  • Level 3 of the ‘Creative and Media’ 14 – 19 Diploma
  • Other EU/International qualifications which are equivalent at level 3
  • Other relevant and equivalent UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

Most applicants to our courses will be offered an interview. However where demand for places is very high we may not able to offer interviews to every applicant.

The standard offers for degree courses are:

  • BBC- A Level, excluding general studies (for Extended study option,112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • BBB at A Level, excluding general studies (120 UCAS Tariff points)
  • 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma passes at grade Merit
  • Or a combination of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and A levels (equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 30-32 or above
  • Foundation Diploma Pass
  • UAL Extended Diploma at Merit
  • BTEC / OCR Extended Diploma at Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Distinction* Distinction *
  • UAL Diploma must be combined with other level 3 qualifications equivalent to 112-120 UCAS Tariff points
  • Scottish Highers- 5 passes at grade C or above
  • Pass Irish FETAC in 3 subjects with Distinction and 2 with Merit.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Irish Highers) : H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 or equivalent to equal around 120 UCAS tariff to include a relevant subject

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications.

We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification.

BA (Hons) Architecture:

  • ABB at A level or equivalent to 128 UCAS tariff points

European and International Students

Arts University Bournemouth consistently accepts students from all areas of the world on all its courses. AUB has excellent links with language schools for students who do not have the necessary standard of English.

EU and international qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma score of 30-32
We will also consider applications from students who have chosen not to enrol in the full IB Diploma Programme and have, instead, chosen to complete independent subject courses/certificates.
Students who have chosen not to enrol in the IB Diploma Programme would be expected to achieve 3 Higher Level subjects at grade 5 or equivalent.

European Baccalaureate with a minimum score of 75%

Austria – Successful completion of the Reifeprüfungzeugnis or Matura requirement is an overall average grade of 2

Belgium – Successful completion of the Diploma van Secundair Onderweijs, 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

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

Hong Kong – Achieve 544 to 543 in core or elective subjects (excluding liberal and general studies).

Hungary – 3.0 or better 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 6 plus 50% overall grade at state examinations

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 4 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 – Successful completion of the High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above. If taking AP classes, three AP scores of 3 or higher with at least one subject relevant to the degree. These scores should also be supported by a High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
(SAT subject scores will be taken into consideration, however, we prefer candidates to offer AP test scores)

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


Applicants from EU countries should contact Admissions on +44 1202 363225 or email

Applicants outside the EU should contact our International Office on +44 1202 363233 or email to discuss your interests and needs. You may also refer to the International section of the website. If you are an international applicant and you are not sure if your current English qualification is suitable you may be interested in undertaking a Pre-sessional English Language course.

The following are acceptable equivalent English language qualifications for UK and EU applicants

  • GCSE English grade C or above
  • GCE O-Level English grade C
  • Key Skills Level 2 – Communication
  • Functional Skills level 2- English
  • SQA Standard Grade Credit English
  • SQA Higher Grade English grade D
  • Intermediate 2 certificate English grade A-C
  • National 5 certificate English grade A-C
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level English grade C2/ O4
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level English grade D3/ H6
  • IGCSE First or second Language English grade C
  • ALAN Test at level 2 in Literacy

For overseas applicants we will accept a range of English Language qualifications including the following qualifications for HE courses:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C, overall score of 180
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C, overall score of 200
  • Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
  • IELTS score of 6.0 or above with 5.5 in each component. IELTS scores must be less than 2 years old at the time the course commences to be valid.
  • International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5.

Entry from other Higher Education Courses

You may be admitted to the first year of a degree course, if you hold an ordinary or Higher National Certificate or Diploma with passes of a specialised level and endorsements where necessary. Holders of certain other qualifications, such as awards from the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA), will also be considered. Please apply via UCAS.

We will also accept applications to the 2nd or 3rd year of degree courses, application is via UCAS and we may be able to accept applications after the UCAS deadline of the 15th January. However this is subject to vacancies on courses and cannot be guaranteed. If you wish to apply for entry to 2nd or 3rd year of a course please apply via UCAS include full details of your current course. if you have any questions please email

(please note BA (Hons) Acting only permits entry at year one)

Entry as a Mature Student

Arts University Bournemouth welcomes applications from mature candidates (students over 21 years, as defined by UCAS). If you are over 21 and hold the full minimum entrance requirements, you should apply through UCAS in the usual way.

If you are over 21 years old and do not hold the full minimum entrance requirements, you may still be considered by AUB.  Arts University Bournemouth has discretion to assess formal qualifications gained prior to your application, and can take account of any relevant experience you may have so you may be able to apply. A wide range of credentials, including work experience and training, may be accepted as evidence of your capacity to benefit from a degree course and to complete it successfully. We are very interested in applicants who have relevant work experience in the creative industries.

All Mature applicants must meet level 2 requirements and if you do not hold GCSE grade C or an equivalent grade 2 qualification in English or Maths we would advise you to consider taking ALAN tests at level 2. (Adult Literacy & Numeracy) or Functional Skills at Level 2.

For more information please see Direct Gov website

You should contact Admissions on +44 1202 363225 or email to discuss the acceptability of your current qualifications, including relevant experience, and to seek early advice on how to meet additional requirements for a particular course.

If you apply and are selected you will be required to attend an interview before a decision is made on your application.

Please note you may be directed to the Foundation Diploma at AUB or advised to consider an Access to HE course. (we do not offer Access courses at AUB)

Access Course

There are a number of Access to HE courses available throughout the UK. These are designed to prepare mature students who lack traditional qualifications for entry into higher education. Access courses are run at further education colleges and adult education centres, have no entry requirements and can be full or part-time. They are usually a one year course. You should contact your local further education college or adult education centre and enquire about kite-marked access courses. Only QAA ‘kitemarked’ courses are accepted by Arts University Bournemouth.

See also

Deferred Entry

All courses at Arts University Bournemouth will consider applications for deferred entry. If you wish to apply for deferred entry, you should supply details of your proposed gap year  in your personal statement. The UCAS deadlines for applications remain the same. If you wish to defer entry after an offer has been made please contact