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EPIC 10 Weeks

EPIC 10 Weeks

EPIC 10 Weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course) is a 10-week intensive English course for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London (UAL).

EPIC 10 Weeks is suitable for students who couldn't join a Pre-sessional course and need to improve their English level by 1.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent).

Important course updates (updated 30 October 2020)

  • The 2020 EPIC 10 Weeks course is closed.
  • Applications for 2021 EPIC 10 Weeks open in Spring 2021.

Entry requirements

Special EPIC entry requirements

EPIC 10 Weeks is for students who could not join 13 Week Pre-sessional. We will prioritise students who:

  • Were on the 13 Week Pre-sessional waiting list.
  • Received their UAL main course offer after April 2021 (exact date to be confirmed.)
  • Must finish an educational course in their home country after June 2021 (exact date to be confirmed.)

How to apply

Applications open: Late Spring 2021.

Apply through the link in your UAL Portal.

From mid to late May (exact dates to be confirmed), we will prioritise students:

  • From the 13 Week Pre-sessional waiting list.
  • With main course offers dated after April 2021 (exact date to be confirmed.)
  • Who are studying on a course in their home country that finishes after June 2021 (exact date to be confirmed.)

When you apply, we will view your student record to check if you have:

  • A place on the waiting list, or
  • A main course offer dated after April 2021 (exact date to be confirmed.)

If you have neither, we will ask you for evidence that you are studying. You must upload to your Portal an official letter from your school or university, including course end date and course location.

If you have a different reason why you could not apply for 13 Week Pre-sessional, you can upload your reason and evidence. Will we consider other reasons from the end of May (exact date to be confirmed) until the course is full.

Language entry requirements

You cannot apply for EPIC 10 Weeks until we have confirmed you are eligible.

For this course you must:

  • have an offer for a UAL undergraduate or postgraduate course for the 2021/22 academic year
  • need to improve your English level by 1.0 IELTS bands (or equivalent)
UAL main course entry requirements (IELTS or equivalent) Language entry requirements for EPIC 10 weeks (IELTS or equivalent)
7.5 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in listening and reading, and a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and writing
7.0 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills
6.5 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills
6.0 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in listening and reading, and a minimum of 5.0 in speaking and writing

Update: See the latest Entry Requirements (PDF 218KB) for the other tests we accept, including PTE, TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition, Trinity and LanguageCert.

Course description

EPIC is Exam Preparation Intensive Course. EPIC courses are English exam preparation for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate UAL course. EPIC courses are only open to students who were unable to join Pre-sessional courses.

EPIC courses prepare students for the UAL Progress Test. This test is written and used by University of the Arts London and it includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students need to achieve the required grades in the UAL Progress Test before they can move to their main course at UAL.

Because of the coronavirus situation, we started the 2020 course online. The course continued in London for face to face teaching and assessment from early autumn. Currently, we are carefully monitoring the COVID situation to determine the course delivery mode(s) for 2021.

While the course is online, you will have:

  • 15 hours a week of tutor contact
  • 2 hours a day of online teaching from your tutor through Collaborate and the UAL Moodle learning platform
  • 1 hour per day of supervised activity, which will include different tasks such as question and answer sessions, homework feedback and student team work
  • Access to the same materials and resources we use in face to face classes.

In London, you will have 24 hours of classroom teaching a week. You will also have about 10 hours of homework and self-study tasks.

Your course will improve your English language skills and you will learn academic skills including thinking critically, presenting your work, researching and writing assignments.

You will get to know UAL facilities and resources as well as London and will learn about British culture and UK life. During your course you will make new friends and social networks.

You will have one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress and get advice on your studies. There will also be workshops to help you adapt to living in the UK and studying at UAL.

Our tutors

EPIC courses are taught by experienced English language tutors. They all have a diploma level qualification in teaching English language and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.

Location and timetable

Teaching in London will be at 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY or the Foundation Centre, 1 Wilson Road, London SE5 8LU.

Learn more about access to UAL sites and buildings.

Online, usual class times are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.20pm UK time. You will have 3 hours of classes a day. There will be a 20-minute break during the time.

In London, usual class times are: Monday to Thursday: 12.45pm - 6.30pm and Friday: 12.45pm to 5.30pm. You will have 5 hours of classes a day from Mondays to Thursdays and 4 hours of classes on Fridays. There are breaks between lessons.

Hours and locations can change. You will be given your class timetable when you enrol.


You must attend a minimum of 90% of your course, both online and face to face. If you don’t attend 90% you will fail your course.

Do not book holidays during your course. If you are absent because you are ill for more than 3 consecutive days, you must provide a certificate from an NHS doctor.


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 receive the required scores 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).

87% of students passed their EPIC 10 Week course in 2018 and 79.2% of students passed the course in 2019. Pass rates usually change yearly and there is no guarantee they will stay the same.


In 2019 we had these nationalities on EPIC 10 Weeks:

  • Chinese: 97%
  • Taiwanese: 3%

Dates, fees and extra costs

Course dates: 5 July 2021 - 10 September 2021

Applications open: Late Spring 2020

Application deadline: TBC

Enrolment day: 5 July 2021

Enrolment deadline: 7 July 2021. (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)

Course fee: £5,180

Please bring a laptop or tablet with you. You will need this for research and assignments.

You will also go on class trips during your course and you will have to pay for public transport. Read the guidance from Transport for London (TfL) about fare prices.

You can also read useful information from our student advisers about costs of studying at UAL.

Additional information


Insurance, provided by the company Endsleigh, is included in your fee. The policy starts 6 days before your course start date and ends 6 days after the last day of your course. The policy covers medical emergencies, theft and other events.

For further information, please see:

If you have any questions about your insurance cover, please contact

Students under 18

You must be over 16 years old to join an EPIC course.

If you will be under 18 years old when you start your course you must send us a completed and signed Parent and Guardian Agreement (PDF 104KB) with your application. We will not give you a course offer without this agreement.

When you get your course offer you must book Hosts International Homestay accommodation and upload evidence of your booking to your applicant portal within 2 working days. We will not confirm your place without this evidence.

When your course place is confirmed and you have your flight details, you must book an airport transfer with Hosts International and send us evidence of this booking.


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.

The Language Centre’s Welfare Manager 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.


These are possible visas for your EPIC course:

  • To Be Confirmed
  • To Be Confirmed

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 student visas.


Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for students aged 18 years and over. If it is your first time studying in the UK, we strongly recommend staying in UAL halls while you get to know London.

See all our accommodation options for Pre-sessional and EPIC students.

Students under the age of 18 must book Hosts International Homestay accommodation.

How to apply

Ready to apply?

Read our guidance on how to apply for UAL Pre-sessional courses.

If you have any questions, please email: