Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from all over the world and we will research each qualification to ensure that it meets the equivalent of a UK Level 3 qualification. 

If you’re a UK/Home applicant, you can find our entry requirements on individual course pages.

Academic entry requirements

You will find country-specific information on Your Country pages. If your country or qualifications are not listed please contact the International Office with a brief description of your academic history and send us any relevant documents.

Undergraduate (BA/BSc) courses

We have summarised some of the typical international qualifications for undergraduate study below. You may have achieved one of the following:

International qualification Year 1 entry requirement Year 0 entry requirement
A / AS Levels – GCE 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB 2 A-level qualifications at grades CC
International Baccalaureate Diploma A minimum of 27 points A minimum of 24 points
IBCP A minimum of 2 DP courses with a score of 4 or above and completion of careers-related study Please contact the International Office
UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Merit Pass
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Merit Pass

Advanced entry

If you hold a diploma, or have undertaken university-level study, you may be eligible for advanced entry into Year Two. This will depend on your academic qualification and your portfolio of creative work. You must indicate on your application that you are applying for advanced entry and provide certificates attesting to your previous study. Contact the International Office to discuss your application.

Postgraduate (MA) courses

Applicants for postgraduate study should achieve a BA (Hons) or BSc Degree with a 2:1 or equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Contact the International Office to discuss your qualification.

English entry requirements

NUA is subject to all UKVI regulations and as part of our compliance responsibilities we ensure that all candidates satisfy all English language requirements.

You do not usually need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries, or are a national of one the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

You may not need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following applies:

  • you’re a national a Canada
  • you proved your level of English in a previous visa application

Please contact the International Office if you have any questions about whether you will need to provide proof of your English language ability. 

Accepted English Language Qualifications

If you do not fit the criteria listed above you will be required to take an accepted English Language qualification.

UKVI Approved Tests

Norwich University of the Arts accepts the following UKVI Secure English Language Tests:

English Language Qualification Required Grade
IELTS for UKVI  Overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component 

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

Score of 33 or above in all 4 skills 
Pearson PTE Academic UKVI  Score of 59 or above in all 4 skills
Skills for English UKVI B2 (4 component) (outside the UK only) A pass in all 4 components

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) (UK only) 

Score of ISE II (B2) or above 

The above tests should be dated within 2 years of your application and have been taken at a UKVI approved centre. 

UK Qualifications

We can accept the following UK qualifications as proof of English Language ability:

English Language Qualification Required grade
GCSE English Language Grade 5 (or grade C) or above
GCSE English Literature Grade 5 (or grade C) or above
A Level or AS Level English Language Grade C or above
A Level or AS Level English Literature Grade C or above
SQA Scottish Standard Grade in English Grade 3 or above
SQA Scottish Intermediate 2 or National 5 English  Grade C or above
SQA Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher Grade in English  Grade C or above

The above qualifications must have been awarded by an Ofqual regulated body and have been taken in the UK whilst under the age of 18.

Other Qualifications

We can also usually accept the following qualifications as proof of English Language ability:

English Language Qualification Required grade
Cambridge English: B2 First

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Cambridge English: C1 Advanced

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency

169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Hong Kong (HKDSE) English

Grade 4 or above

IELTS Indicator (2021/22 entry only)

Overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component 

IGCSE in English (must include the Oral component)

Grade C or above

Indian Standard XII in English Language (CBSE, ISC and CISCE Boards)

70% or above

International Baccalaureate Diploma English A1/A2 Syllabus (Higher or standard level)

Grade 4 or above

International Baccalaureate Diploma English B Syllabus (Higher level)

Grade 4 or above

International Baccalaureate Diploma English B Syllabus (Standard level)

Grade 5 or above

INTO English for Academic Purposes

60% with minimum of 55 % in each test component

Norway Vitnemal-Videregaende Opplaering English

Grade 4 or above

TOEFL iBT

Overall score of 80 with minimum marks as follows: Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17

TOEFL iBT Home Edition (2021/22 entry only)

Overall score of 80 with minimum marks as follows: Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) A score of ISE II (B2) or above with a pass in all components

University of Cambridge International Examinations GCE O Level English Language: Syllabus: 1119 (Malaysia)

Grade C or above

University of Cambridge International Examinations GCE O Level English Language: Syllabus: 1127/1128 (Singapore)

Grade C or above

 

Contact our International Office

We are pleased to work with you to discuss your questions at any stage of the application process.
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