UAL course requirements
This course is for students who need to improve your English level by 1.0 IELTS bands.
| UAL main course entry requirements (IELTS or equivalent)|| Language entry requirements for EPIC 10 Weeks (IELTS or equivalent)|
6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in listening and reading, and a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing
6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills
5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills
5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in listening and reading, and a minimum of 5.0 in speaking and writing|
We accept other English tests, including PTE, TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition, Trinity and LanguageCert: Entry Requirements for Other Tests (PDF 218KB).
Pre-sessional English level entry requirements are published as a guide. Applications will be assessed based on the specific entry requirements of your main course.
Unsure which of our Pre-sessional courses is appropriate for you? Please email email@example.com.
If you can’t find a suitable Pre-sessional course for your level, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on other English courses.
EPIC will prepare you for the UAL Progress Test which will allow you to start your degree course at UAL. We will use a combination of live online teaching, teacher-directed activities, such as group discussions and research, independent learning and homework.
The course is based around art and design topics, which will be engaging, interesting and relevant to your future study at UAL.
You will be taught by experienced and supportive English language tutors. All tutors have a higher level teaching qualification in teaching English language and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.
Hours and timetable
EPIC courses are 24 hours per week. Homework is assigned daily in preparation for the following day's classes.
Hours per week
Live teaching directed by the tutor for the whole class.
Tutor-directed study activities. The tutor will oversee these activities but you may be working independently or in groups with other students.
20 (4 hours per day)
Monday to Friday
9:00 to 13:30 UK time, with a 30-minute break at 11:00.
Study activities for you to complete alone. These may include watching video and taking quizzes. You will get instant feedback on your work.
These activities have been designed to be engaging and relevant to your future study.
You will be given a deadline for completing this work. You can choose when to study.
Participation in independent study will be monitored, and you will be given feedback.
Assignments set for you by your tutor. This may include academic reading and writing, preparing presentations and research.
5 (or as directed)
You will be given a deadline for completing this work. You may receive feedback on your work.
Total per week
24 plus up to 5 hours homework
You will study on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Read about the platforms we use and tools to help you study online.
Students must attend and participate in attend all classes. If your attendance is below 90%, you will fail the course. In addition to classes, you will be set daily self-directed study.
You will be assessed in the 4 language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, with the UAL Progress Test.
To complete your course successfully, you must achieve the minimum required scores for entry to your target main course in the UAL Progress Test and attend a minimum of 90% of the course.
If you pass your course, you can progress to your main course at UAL without having to take another IELTS or equivalent English test.
Over the last 3 years, an average of 88% of students passed EPIC 10 Weeks. Note that pass rates can change annually and there is no guarantee they will stay the same.
Dates and fees
5 July 2021 - 10 September 2021
Applications open: Late Spring 2020
Application deadline: We will close applications when we reach full capacity for the course. Please submit your application as early as possible.
Enrolment day: 5 July 2021
Teaching start day: 5 July 2021
Enrolment deadline: 7 July 2021. (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)
The fee for this course is £5,180.
Please bring a laptop or tablet with you. You will need this for research and assignments.
You can also read useful information from our student advisers about costs of studying at UAL
Read our helpful Visas and Immigration guidance for more information. Because visa rules change, it’s very important that you also read UK government information on visas for studying.
Students joining courses delivered entirely online are not required to travel to the UK for their course. No visa is required for students to enrol on courses delivered entirely online.
You must be at least 18 years old on the start date of the EPIC course.
We aim for an inclusive learning environment where disabled and dyslexic students can succeed.
If you want to tell us about a disability or additional needs, please to do this in your Pre-sessional or EPIC application in the applicant portal. In the application form, select the option which best describes your condition.
We will contact you and ask you for medical documentation, in English, about your disability. The documentation must be issued to you by a medical professional who is able to detail what disability or additional needs you have. This documentation is used to identify what adjustments UAL can make to support you on your course.
We strongly recommend that you give us full information about any disability or additional needs you have as soon as possible. If you don’t give us enough time, we may not be able to support you from the first day of your course.
Find more information from UAL Disability Service about the support available to students with disabilities.
To learn which places at UAL and which routes to UAL are accessible to you, read the guidance from AccessAble about access to UAL sites and buildings.