Applying to study with us

If you are considering studying with UCA, the information below will help you by giving advice on how to approach your application. We pride ourselves on having a diverse community that welcomes applications from any nationality.

EU & EEA students

We are fully committed to providing the very best creative arts education to students from across Europe.

If you are from a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, you will not need a student visa to come to the UK to study. This means you can follow the UK student application process. You will find this information on each individual course page.

The UK Government has confirmed that, for EU students enrolling in 2017, immigration status and associated fees, as well as access to the student loan book, has not changed as a result of the EU Referendum ‘Brexit’ vote.

If you have any questions about how Britain’s exit from the EU may affect you as a student in the UK, you may find these resources useful:

Frequently asked questions about Brexit published by Universities UK

Resources about Brexit, including frequently asked questions which focus on the impact for EU nationals in the UK published by immigration specialists Fragomen

Post-Brexit immigration FAQs and a useful insight on the application process for permanent residence published by Mills & Reeve

If you are an EEA national already resident in the UK, more information and resources are provided on the UK Government website:

Registration Certificates are not mandatory and there has been no change in the rules on who is eligible for certificates. However, they prove an individual has the right to study or work in the UK and are useful for those who have been in the UK for fewer than five years:

Certificates of permanent residence enable an individual to prove that he/she has acquired “treaty rights” to permanent residence in the UK. Broadly speaking this is where individuals have been continuously working or studying in the UK for five years or more:

Guidance on the eligibility and application process for British citizenship is given here:

Non-EU international students

If you are applying from a country outside of the EU or EEA you will need to get a student visa before being able to join your course. This is usually a straightforward process, but in certain countries it can take a little time, so it is wise to apply early to avoid any delay.

The application process for Non-EU international students

If you are applying for a pre-degree or postgraduate course, you should apply directly to us using the specific online application form for your chosen course or through a UCA in-country representative.

If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you have three ways to apply.

  • Direct to us using the specific online application form for your chosen course
  • Through a UCA in-country representative
  • Through UCAS 

If you are only applying to UCA we would recommend that you apply direct to us. If you are applying to more than one university in the UK, please apply through UCAS. The benefits of applying directly to us are:

  • There is no application fee (up to £22 via UCAS)
  • There’s no set deadline. We do however encourage you to apply by 31 March so you have enough time to organise your student visa, if you need one, and to apply for a place in University accommodation
  • There are no 'declined by default' deadlines
  • We will process your application through UCAS on your behalf
  • You can track your application through our online ‘applicant portal’.

Applying to study with us – a step-by-step guide

This step-by-step guide should help you to understand how the process of applying to study with us works. If you need more support, please contact our International Admissions team who will be happy to help you. This information is for non-EU international students. If you are a UK/EU resident, please see our main ‘how to apply’ section.

  • Step 1: Send us your application

    Use our prospectus or our website to choose a course. Then apply using the specific online application form for your chosen course, through your UCA in-country representative or through UCAS.

  • Step 2: Receive your offer letter

    If your application is successful we will send you a letter offering you a place to study at UCA. The offer might be unconditional or there may be conditions, such as you may need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

  • Step 3: Accept your offer

    If you apply directly to us, you can email us to accept your offer. If you apply through UCAS, you will need to send your acceptance to them.

  • Step 4: Tell us about your accommodation requirements

    At this stage, you can let us know if you will want a place in our campus halls of residence. Remember, if you do not apply for halls before the main allocation of rooms, we cannot guarantee you a place.

  • Step 5: Pay your tuition fees

    Once you have firmly accepted your offer to study with us, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,500 towards your tuition fees. You should use our online system to pay your deposit. We need this before we can issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies number, which you will need to apply for your visa.

  • Step 6: Provide us with documents for your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    Before we can issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), you must also send us scanned copies of specific supporting documents, such as passport information, academic qualification certificates and financial statements. We will tell you what we need.

  • Step 7: Receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

    We will email you your CAS number. This is proof that you have been accepted onto your course in the UK. You will need your CAS number to apply for your student visa. 

  • Step 8: Apply for your student visa from UK Visas and Immigration

    To study in the UK, you need to have a Tier 4 student visa. You can apply for this through the UK Visas and Immigration website.

  • Step 9: Tell us your arrival details

    Once you have your visa, let us know when you plan to arrive. We will give you the details of our ‘meet and greet’ service, where one of our representatives will be waiting for you inside the arrivals hall at the airport.

  • Step 10: Arrive at your campus to start your course

    Turn up on your first day and get ready for an amazing experience with us. If you are delayed and will arrive after the course start date, please let us know.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the admissions process or your application, please contact the relevant admissions team.

UK/EU admissions
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 892960

International admissions
Phone: + 44 (0) 1252 892838

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