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EPIC 6 Weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course)

EPIC 6 Weeks (Exam Preparation Intensive Course)

English exam preparation for students who hold a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL, but are unable to join other Presessional courses.

Course overview

EPIC 6 weeks is an exam preparation course for students with a conditional offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL, who were unable to join a Presessional course.

EPIC focuses on preparing students for the UAL Progress Test. The Progress Test is an examination developed and used by University of the Arts London. It assesses all 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students need to obtain the required grades in the UAL Progress Test to advance to their main course studies at UAL.

Important course updates (9 July 2019)

EPIC 6 weeks applications are now closed.

For advice about alternative English courses at UAL, please email

Great reasons to apply

  • Successful completion of EPIC 6 weeks means that you can progress to your main university course at UAL without having to take another IELTS test.
  • On average, 89% of all our EPIC students pass their UAL Progress Test assessment and are able to progress to their main course at UAL (based on a 3 year average).
  • EPIC 6 weeks is an excellent opportunity for you to network with other students before you join your main course. Learning and collaborating with others is a great opportunity to build social and creative relationships.
  • EPIC courses are designed specifically for students about to enter UAL. Materials used in teaching will reflect the subjects and disciplines taught and researched at UAL. The language and academic skills developed during EPIC will be very useful and relevant to students on UAL courses.

You will use a range of materials on the course including core materials compiled by tutors who also deliver English language support for students studying main courses at UAL. The materials include a mixture of academic texts, essays, journals, newspaper articles, essays, film, and online materials sourced from writing and media within the fields of fashion, art, design, and communication.

Lessons take place Monday to Friday for 5 hours per day (4 hours on a Friday), in either the morning or afternoon as per the timetable for your course (a total of 24 hours per week). We want to help you to become a confident and independent student so we will regularly give you additional homework and self-study tasks.

You will be expected to do approximately 8-10 hours of self-study per week. This is likely to increase when you are preparing for your assessment.

You will be able to use all of the university facilities including the libraries and IT facilities and university staff will be on hand to show you how to use them.


In the first few days of the course you will be given induction presentations from a variety of university services. You will be given information on health, housing, banking and Tier 4 visa applications.

We suggest that you investigate UK banking options before arriving. Each bank has different requirements and you are responsible for researching these before requesting a reference letter from the Presessional Office.


You will be assessed in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. There will also be workshops to help you adapt to living in the UK and studying at UAL.

Location and class size

This course is taught at London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, with a maximum class size of 18 students.


Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for EPIC students. If it is your first time studying in the UK, we strongly recommend staying in our halls to get yourself familiar with London. Take a look at our accommodation options for Presessional students.

Staff information

EPIC is taught by experienced English language tutors. They all have a diploma or equivalent level ELT/TESOL qualification and some also have an MA in Linguistics or Visual Arts.

Additional information

We ask that all students bring a tablet or laptop computer for research and assignment work.

You will not know your class timetable until you enrol onto your Presessional course. It is therefore important that you do not make other commitments, including accepting work, until you receive your timetable.

You are required to attend at least 90% of the course otherwise you may be asked to leave. Do not arrange holidays during the course. If you are absent due to sickness for more than 3 consecutive days you will be asked to provide a certificate from an NHS doctor.

EPIC courses are accredited by the British Council.

Entry requirements

You can only join the EPIC 6 week course if you have an offer for a UAL main course starting in academic year 2019/20. You must meet the language entry requirements for the EPIC 6 week course. If you do not meet the entry requirements, please contact the Language Centre for information on alternative English courses.

Unlike Presessional courses, EPIC courses require you to provide evidence that you were unable to join a Presessional course for 2019 entry. We only accept evidence for reasons listed in the EPIC 6 week Additional Entry Criteria (PDF 332KB). Please refer to this document to determine whether you will be able to provide acceptable evidence.

To apply for the EPIC 6 week course, you must also have the following:

  • A conditional offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UAL
  • A need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS band equivalents (if you need to improve by 1.0 IELTS band equivalents, you should consider applying for the EPIC 10 week course instead.
  • A valid 4-skills English test result, which you must provide on application to EPIC – we do not accept UK degree qualifications on entry to Presessional as a degree qualification does not confirm English level in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Note we will not process applications without an English Test result listed in full and uploaded with an application. Please also note we also do not accept multiple language results used in combination for entry to Presessional courses.

  • A firm knowledge of which one main course you wish to study at UAL (if you have several main course applications, you will need to know which one is your first choice)

In order to apply for EPIC 6 week course at University of the Arts London your current IELTS score (or equivalent) should be 0.5 below the requirement for your UAL main course entry requirements. Please see the minimum language requirements:


Language entry requirements for EPIC 6 weeks

University main course entry requirements (IELTS)

Overall IELTS (or equivalent) score required

Each skill (minimum)










If you have to improve your overall score by 1.0 band equivalents, you should consider instead applying for our EPIC 10 week course.

Who can take this course?

EPIC is for students who have a conditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at University of the Arts London but cannot join Presessional due to timing reasons. Students applying to join EPIC will be required to provide official evidence of why they were not able to join the corresponding Presessional course. Please ensure you have read the EPIC 6 weeks additional entry criteria.

You must take an IELTS for UKVI test if you want to study EPIC under a Tier 4 visa. Other internationally recognised certificates may be accepted if you will not be studying EPIC under a Tier 4 visa. If you have a certificate other than IELTS, please contact us well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level.

How to apply

Unlike Presessional courses, you are required to send us information to confirm your eligibility to apply for EPIC prior to being allowed to make an application in the UAL applicant portal. We need you to email with the following information:

  • An attached copy of your IELTS(s) certificates
  • If the UK Immigration History information you submitted with your UAL main course application is not clear or is incomplete, we won’t be able to process your application for Presessional. In this case, you must complete and submit a completed Immigration History Form (PDF 104KB)
  • A written indication of the visa you would like to request
  • A full explanation of the reason, as per our EPIC 6 week Additional Entry Criteria (PDF 332KB), that you were not able to apply to Presessional including any supporting documentation to evidence this.

Once you provide this to us and we are satisfied that you are eligible to apply for the EPIC 6 week course, we will then contact you with instructions about how to submit your application through the UAL online portal for the EPIC 6 week course.

Students under 18

If you will be under the age of 18 at the beginning of EPIC 6, you will additionally need to submit a completed Parent and Guardian Agreement (PDF 35KB) prior to application for EPIC 6. We cannot process your application until we receive this.

For full guidance about what we will require of you in addition to your application, please refer to our FAQs (PDF 186KB).

Required information:

The application form will require you to provide information about your:

  • IELTS certificate
  • Passport
  • Any past UK study visa documents (including visa refusal documents)

If you have made several applications to multiple main courses at UAL, this may delay us processing your Presessional application. Please see our FAQs (PDF 186KB) for information about how to avoid delays to your application.

Current students

If you are currently enrolled on a UAL main course in academic year 2018/19, you are required to provide a new English test result when applying to join Presessional. You are not able to apply to Presessional using the same IELTS result that you submitted to meet your current UAL course entry requirements.  This is because since you have been studying full time and living in the UK, your English level is likely to have improved and the IELTS result you used to join your current UAL course will therefore not reflect your current English level.

If you are a current UAL student you need to evidence your current level of English on application to Presessional by submitting a new IELTS result, UAL Progress Test result, or an equivalent 4-skills English test result.

Which visa should I apply for?

Tier 4 visa

You provide an IELTS for UKVI result if you want to study EPIC under a Tier 4 visa. Other internationally recognised certificates may be accepted if you will not be studying EPIC under a Tier 4 visa.

If you have a certificate other than IELTS, please contact the Presessional office well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level

Please note that students for the EPIC 6 week course are not eligible to apply for a Tier 4 combined visa.

Short Term Student visa

You do not need to provide an IELTS for UKVI in order to be eligible to study EPIC under a Short Term Student visa. Forms of language evidence you can provide in order to meet the Presessional entrance requirements include: standard IELTS result certificate, UAL Progress Test, Pearson Test result (PTE).

If you have a certificate other than those listed above, please contact the Presessional office well in advance to check whether this can be accepted as proof of English level

If you study EPIC under a Short Term Student visa, you will need to return to your home country. This rule applies whether you pass or fail EPIC. If you pass EPIC, you will need to make your visa application for your main course only once you return back to your home country.

To learn more information about each visa type please see the UK government guidance on student visa types.

What happens next?

Once you have submitted your application, we will review it and you will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal in due course. We aim to make a decision about each student’s application as quickly as possible. In order to make sure your application is processed quickly, make sure to submit a complete application as early as you can.

Dates, fees and additional costs

Course dates: 5 August – 13 September 2019

Please note the University will be closed on Monday 26 August 2019, which is a national bank holiday.

Application deadline: 11 July 2019

Applications will not be considered after this date.

Enrolment deadline: 8 August 2019

Students will not be allowed to join the course after the enrolment deadline.

The syllabus focuses on the language and skills that you will need in Higher Education, including specific skills for courses at University of the Arts London.

Course fees

The fee for this course is £2,880.

Please note that if you are made an offer to study Presessional, you will need to provide evidence of having paid your course fee to UAL within 5 working days of the offer being made.

Insurance, provided by the company Endsleigh, is included in your tuition. 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 many other things.

Please note: we are currently reviewing some of the details of our Endsleigh insurance policy. If you have any questions about your insurance cover, please contact

Additional costs

During the course you will attend various class trips which will require you taking public transport at your own cost. Fare prices are available on the Transport for London website.

Please read the information about other additional costs.

Your next steps

If you were not able to join Presessional and you would like to make an application to study the EPIC 6 week course, you will need to do the following:

  • Prepare evidence of why you were not able to apply for 19, 13 or 9 week Presessional as per the guidance listed here.
  • Make sure you know which UAL main course you want to study.
  • Decide which visa you want to apply for. Remember to refer to the Presessional Visa information 2019 (PDF 149KB) for information about what each visa type requires you to prepare.
  • Prepare your IELTS result(s), and any passport and past UK study information and documentation you did not submit with your main course application.
  • Get in touch with the Presessional Admissions team at: listing all the information required of you as listed above, making sure to state and evidence why you were unable to join Presessional.