English language requirements and support

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 want to take one of our courses, you must have a certain level of English language skills. If you are an applicant from EU countries, please refer to your individual country requirements in this list

Secure English Language Test (SELT)

If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa you will need to take a test, recognised by the Home Office, to prove your English language ability – this is called a Secure English Language Test.

The SELT is valid only for two years, so if you have taken it before you applied to UCA, please make sure it is still in date.

What test you need to take if you want to study at UCA

Course type SELT type
Foundation or International Foundation IELTS Academic for UKVI or Trinity ISE (only available in UK)
BA IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS Academic or Trinity ISE (only available in UK)
MA IELTS for UKVI Academic or IELTS Academic or Trinity ISE (only available in UK)

 

If you are applying for a BA or MA course at UCA, you can take the IELTS Academic test if you are sure you will get the required scores as listed in the course entry requirements. If you are not sure about your level of English, we do recommend taking IELTS Academic for UKVI.

You can find more information about SELTs on the following pages:

If you need a Tier 4 visa to study at UCA and you are a national of majority English speaking country or you have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the majority English speaking countries, you do not need to take a SELT if you are applying for BA or MA course at UCA.

What scores you need to study at UCA

Course/level applying for IELTS Overall IELTS Subscores
International Foundation in Art, Design & Media
(with 5 weeks Intensive English)
4.5 Listening 4.0
Reading 4.0
Speaking 4.0
Writing 4.5
International Foundation in Art, Design & Media
(with 10 weeks Intensive English)
4.0 Listening 4.0
Reading 4.0
Speaking 4.0
Writing 4.0
International Foundation in Art, Design & Media 5.0 Listening 4.5
Reading 4.5
Speaking 4.5
Writing 4.5
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design 6.0 Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5
BA /BSc courses 6.0 Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5
Graduate Diploma: Art & Design 5.5 Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5
MA courses 6.0 Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Speaking 5.5
Writing 5.5
MBA courses 6.5 Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0

 

What if you do not meet the required English language level

We do offer pre-sessional English language courses for those applicants whose scores have not met the entry requirements for the chosen course. Please note – you can only take a pre-sessional English language course if you have taken an IELTS Academic for UKVI test.

If your IELTS Academic for UKVI score is 0.5 below the entry requirement, then you can take our
5 week pre-sessional English language course.

If your IELTS Academic for UKVI score is 1.0 below the entry requirement, then you can take our
10 week pre-sessional English language course.

We also offer two courses with integrated pre-sessional English language course:

Our pre-sessional English language courses can only be taken if they are followed by one of UCA courses – they cannot be studied as standalone English language courses.

Language & study support

Once you are a student at UCA, you can access study and language support services please see the International Student Support pages for details.

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