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|
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
- the Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
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.
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.
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|