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 qualificationYear 1 entry requirementYear 0 entry requirement
A / AS Levels – GCE3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB2 A-level qualifications at grades CC
International Baccalaureate DiplomaA minimum of 27 pointsA minimum of 24 points
IBCPA minimum of 2 DP courses with a score of 4 or above and completion of careers-related studyPlease contact the International Office
UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and DesignMeritPass
Foundation Diploma in Art & DesignMeritPass

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 QualificationRequired 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 QualificationRequired grade
GCSE English LanguageGrade 5 (or grade C) or above
GCSE English LiteratureGrade 5 (or grade C) or above
A Level or AS Level English LanguageGrade C or above
A Level or AS Level English LiteratureGrade C or above
SQA Scottish Standard Grade in EnglishGrade 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 QualificationRequired grade
Cambridge English: B2 First169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Cambridge English: C1 Advanced169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Cambridge English: C2 Proficiency169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Hong Kong (HKDSE) EnglishGrade 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 Purposes60% with minimum of 55 % in each test component
Norway Vitnemal-Videregaende Opplaering EnglishGrade 4 or above
TOEFL iBTOverall 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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