Education: tariff score 160 to 280
You will need five GCSE passes at a minimum grade C or above. These should include Maths, English Language and Physics/Science.
PLUS 160 to 280 tariff points from your Level 3 qualifications.
We accept all types of Level 3 qualifications including A-Levels, BTEC National Diploma, Advanced Diplomas, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, European, International and Welsh Baccalaureate, plus all types of equivalent overseas qualifications such as Abitur, Vitnemål and SAT/ACT.
We exclude any points from AS Levels, Key Skills, music grades or from the A-Level in General Studies. We can be flexible as far as educational entry requirements are concerned, because we also take the following four factors into account when checking your UCAS form (and where appropriate your LIPA application form).
We are looking for evidence of your experience in at least one if not more of the following fields: music recording, live sound work, sound design in theatre, sound installation work or sound post-production. We need to know what roles you have played in these and what equipment you have worked with. Home recording using computer-based systems is acceptable. We prefer candidates who can demonstrate a breadth of experience in several areas, and experience that is not confined to school or college course work. We recognise that some geographic areas don’t offer such possibilities, so signs of commitment and enterprise in seeking work and experience will also support your application.
Some of our students are also musicians. That is not essential but an appreciation of music or other forms of audio production is. Other examples of interdisciplinary experience might be lighting experience, video or film production, design (such as web and animation work), organising gigs or band promotion. All candidates should be able to demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of other art forms.
As communications skills are so important in performing arts, the ability to communicate effectively is essential.
We are looking for evidence that you are able to work on your own initiative. Good examples may be projects you have been involved with that are not part of your school qualifications.
Additional information for international students
We recognise a wide variety of qualifications obtained overseas and are able to translate overseas grades and transcripts to UK equivalents. If you are uncertain about whether your qualifications are at the correct level and grades, as a member of UK NARIC, we can quickly advise you on this.
If English is not your first language, you may be asked at your interview or audition stage to provide evidence of your linguistic ability. We accept a variety of English Language tests for study at our Foundation Certificate and degree level programmes. If you are entering the UK on a student visa (tier 4), your language test scores must meet the minimum standards set by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please note that test scores must be achieved from one sitting of the relevant qualification. We will not accept individual component scores from multiple tests. For more information about the English Language tests and scores, please contact the International Team.