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EPIC 6 Weeks

EPIC 6 Weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course) is a 6-week intensive English course for students with a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London (UAL)

2021 applications

EPIC 6 Weeks is suitable for students who have not been able join a Pre-sessional course and who need to improve their English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

  • In 2021, the course will be taught online. Courses were taught online in 2020 with high progression rates and positive student feedback.
  • Applications open in May 2021.

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

  • from the 9 Week Pre-sessional waiting list.
  • with main course offers dated May 2021 (exact date to be confirmed).
  • who are studying on a course in their home country that finishes after July 2021.

UAL course requirements

This course is for students who need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS bands.

UAL main course entry requirements (IELTS or equivalent) Language entry requirements for EPIC 6 Weeks (IELTS or equivalent)
7.5 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in all skills
7.0 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills
6.5 6.0 with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills
6.0 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills

We accept other English tests, including PTE, TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition, Trinity and LanguageCert: Entry Requirements for Other Tests (PDF 215KB).

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

If you can’t find a suitable Pre-sessional course for your level, please email for information on other English courses.

Course description

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.

Your tutors

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.

Live 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.

Independent Study



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


Studying online

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 95% of students passed EPIC 6 Weeks. Note that pass rates can change annually and there is no guarantee they will stay the same.

Dates and fees

Course dates

2 August 2021 - 10 September 2021

Applications open: May 2021

Application deadline: We will close applications when we reach full capacity for the course. Please submit your application as early as possible.

Enrolment day: 2 August 2021

Teaching start day: 2 August 2021

Enrolment deadline: 4 August 2021. (You will not be able to join the course after this date.)

Course fees

The fee for this course is £3,110

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.

Additional information


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.

Online courses

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.

Age requirements

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.

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:

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