A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level AAB–BBC (136–112 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDD–DMM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range.
A-levels must include a technology-based subject.
We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range. If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we may still make you an offer if you have a strong portfolio.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at merit or distinction.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
Minimum of five subjects including English language, maths and a science.
May allow direct entry to year 2 of the course.
Recognised foundation programme in relevant area or relevant professional experience will be considered.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
You will be invited to attend an interview at one of our applicant days, held between October and March. Applicant days are an opportunity for you to meet our staff and students, and to find out more about our courses and facilities.
The interview meanwhile is a chance to ask us questions, present your portfolio and tell us about yourself. In particular, be prepared to tell us about your:
- research skills
- creative strengths
- technical abilities
- understanding of people and behaviour
- business acumen.
We are interested not just in your educational qualifications but in your personality and potential as a professional designer, so you should also be prepared to talk about your aspirations.
Applying through Clearing (2017)
If you are applying through Clearing and hoping to start in September 2017, please read the information on our create an online portfolio page.
Applying for a place in 2018?
We appreciate that a school curriculum may affect what you are able to present and that some applicants may not have a formal portfolio. However, you should look at presenting a range of work that demonstrates an understanding of the skills that you need to undertake design project work. These skills include:
- an eye for insight
- analytical as well as creative working
- practical as well as theoretical working.
You can draw from your extracurricular activities as well as your schoolwork.
It can be tempting to include a lot in your portfolio, but we advise you to limit it to a few pages of your best work. This is a good way to more concisely demonstrate your abilities.