Information for students
from Nigeria

We are delighted you are considering joining UCA to study! Here, you will be able to set your creativity free, learn a wealth of transferable skills, get unique industry insight and be prepared for a successful career in the creative industries.

This page should give you all the information you need to know about applying to UCA from your country, and more about life at UCA too.

And, if you have any questions, see the Get In Touch section to call or email your country’s specialist contact.

Entry requirements

If you do not have UK qualifications, we will consider equivalent qualifications from Nigeria for entry onto our Foundation, Bachelor’s and Master’s courses.

Each application we receive is considered individually and therefore these qualifications are provided as a guide.

Please also check the entry requirements on the specific course you are interested in to check for course-specific requirements.

If you are not sure if you have the necessary qualifications please contact internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk.


For our Bachelor's courses, we usually require that you have one of the following:

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC), showing 12 years of completed school study with minimum grades B in 5 subjects OR / National Examinations Council (NECO) -minimum grades B in 5 subjects
  • Nigerian Ordinary National Diploma with CGPA 2.5 Lower Credit
  • A transcript showing successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree from a recognised Nigerian university with GPA 2.5/4.0 or GPA 3.0/5.0
  • Nigerian Higher National Diploma for entry into year 1 or 2 or top up

For advanced entry (year two, year three or undergraduate top-up), we usually require that you have a Nigerian HND ( 5years programme including 2 years OND + 1 Year professional Practice + 2 Higher diplomas).

For our International Foundation in Creative Practices and our Integrated International Foundation courses, we usually require that you have:

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC), showing 12 years of completed school study with minimum grades C in 5 subjects
  • National Examinations Council (NECO) - minimum grades C in 5 subjects

For our Masters courses with Integrated International Pre-Masters, we usually require that you have a Nigerian HND (5 years programme including 2 years OND + 1 Year professional Practice + 2 Higher diplomas). For the 1 semester programme you will need to achieve Upper Credit, and for the two semester programme you will need to achieve Lower Credit or a Pass in a university degree.

For our Master’s courses, we usually require that you have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree at a recognised university.

We accept a Senior School Certificate Examination - West African Exams Council (WAEC) / National Examinations Council (NECO), Grade C6 (C5 for our MBA course) or above in English Language.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCA offers a number of fee discounts, also known as scholarships, specific to students from overseas.

These discounts are available to new international students and international alumni, who have graduated within the last three years. 

To find out more about what is available, whether you are eligible, and how to apply, visit our scholarships page.

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Get in touch

Please let the country manager know if you have any questions or need help with your application!

Seyi Agboola

Senior Regional Recruitment Manager – Africa, Middle East (MEA) & LATAM
Email: seyi.agboola@uca.ac.uk
Phone/WhatsApp: +44(0)7929 864566

Ebele Okebugwu

Local Representative: Ghana & Nigeria
Email: ebele.okebugwu.e1@uca.ac.uk
Phone/WhatsApp: +234 (0) 7010 731 793