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EPIC (Exam Preparation Intensive Course)

EPIC (Exam Preparation Intensive Course)

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

What is EPIC?


For enquiries about Presessional English, please email presessional-applications@arts.ac.uk.

Update on EPIC availability 2018
Please note that bookings for both EPIC courses (EPIC 10 weeks and EPIC 6 weeks) are now closed. Both courses were extremely popular in 2018 and were fully booked in advance of application deadlines. If you were unable to join EPIC 2018, we recommend you make alternative arrangements for meeting main course English requirements as soon as possible. You could also consider deferring your main course offer to next academic year (via the relevant UAL Admissions team - please see your main course offer letter / your Applicant Portal for Admissions team contact details).

The Exam Preparation Intensive Course (EPIC) is designed for students who cannot join Presessional due to timing reasons. 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. The maximum number of students per class on the EPIC course is 18. Students who obtain the required grades in the UAL Progress Test will be able to progress to their main UAL course without further language testing.

Progression is not guaranteed; students need to obtain the required grades in the final examination to advance to their main studies at UAL.

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 10 weeks additional entry criteria (PDF 184 KB) or EPIC 6 weeks additional entry criteria (PDF 245KB).

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.

Advantages of taking EPIC compared to other exam preparation courses


The advantage of taking EPIC compared to other examination preparation courses (e.g. IELTS) is that EPIC is 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.

Students on this course will be able to get to know the University during their studies by using the libraries and virtual learning facilities and by visiting college sites and exhibitions of art, design, fashion and communications-related work.

Accommodation is available in our halls of residence for EPIC and Presessional 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 opportunities for Presessional students.

Course details


The Exam Preparation Intensive 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 is normally used to assess the language competence of students moving from one course to another within the university. The Progress Test assesses all 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students who obtain the required grades in the examination will be able to progress to their main UAL course without further language testing. Progression is not guaranteed; students need to obtain the required grades in the final examination to advance to their main studies at UAL.

The advantage of taking EPIC compared to other examination preparation courses (e.g. IELTS) is that EPIC is 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.

Students on this course will be able to get to know the university during their studies by using the libraries and virtual learning facilities and by visiting college sites and exhibitions of art, design, fashion and communications-related work.

Entry Requirements, Fees and Dates


EPIC has 2 entry points: EPIC 10 Weeks and EPIC 6 Weeks. Your current English level determines which block you should join.

You can only join EPIC if you have an offer for a UAL main course starting in academic year 2018/19. You must meet the language entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements, please contact the Language Centre (language-centre@arts.ac.uk) for information on alternative English courses.

You must have the following:

  • a conditional offer to study a degree course at UAL
  • a need to improve your English level by 1.0 IELTS band equivalents for EPIC 10 Weeks, or 0.5 IELTS band equivalents for EPIC 6 Weeks. If you need advice, please contact the Language Centre.
  • a valid 4-skills English test result, which you must provide on application to Presessional – 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.

You can join the 19 week Presessional EPIC 10 Week course at University of the Arts London if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 1.0 below the requirement for your UAL main course entry requirements. You can join EPIC 6 Week course if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 0.5 below your main course requirements. There are also minimum skill score requirements.

EPIC 10 Weeks

Entry Requirements

You can join EPIC 10 Weeks if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 1.0 below the requirement for your university main course entry requirements. There are also minimum skill score requirements.

University main course entry 
requirements (IELTS)

Entry Requirements EPIC 10 Weeks (overall)

Listening and Reading Skills (minimum) Speaking and Writing Skills (minimum)
7.0 6.0 5.5 5.5
6.5 5. 5 5.0 5.0
6.0 5.0 4.5 5. 0

For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.

Fees

The fee for EPIC 10 Weeks is £4,570.

Dates

EPIC 10 Weeks course dates: 9 July – 14 September 2018.

Please note the University will not be open on Monday 27 August 2018, which is a national bank holiday.

Application deadline: 22 June 2018

Enrolment deadline: 12 July 2018

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

EPIC 6 Weeks

Entry Requirements

You can join EPIC 6 Weeks if your current IELTS score (or equivalent) is 0.5 below the requirement for your university main course entry requirements. There are also minimum skill score requirements.

University main course entry 
requirements (IELTS)

Entry Requirements EPIC 6 Weeks (overall)

Each skill
7.0 6.5 5.5
6.5 6.0 5.0
6.0 5.5 5.0

For more information about UAL main course entry requirements, visit the UAL English language requirements page.

Fees

The fee for EPIC 6 Weeks is £2,750.

Dates

EPIC 6 Weeks course dates: 6 August – 14 September 2018.

Please note the University will not be open on Monday 27 August 2018, which is a national bank holiday.

Application deadline: 20 July 2018

Enrolment deadline: 9 August 2018

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

Additional information


Please note:

  • When applying to join EPIC you are required to provide official evidence of why you were unable to join the corresponding block of Presessional in time.
  • You can only join EPIC if you have an offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate UAL main course starting in the academic year 2018/19. You must meet the language entry requirements for the EPIC course you want to join. If you do not meet the entry requirements, please contact the Language Centre (language-centre@arts.ac.uk) for information on alternative courses.
  • If you are currently enrolled on a UAL main course in academic year 2017/18, you are required to provide a new English test result when applying to join EPIC.
  • Your class may be in the morning, afternoon or evening. 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.
  • Insurance, provided by the company Endsleigh, is included in your tuition fees. The policy starts from the moment we receive your booking and covers medical emergencies, theft and many other things.
  • International students: In addition to paying the EPIC course fee, you must also accept your place on your main university course and pay the non-refundable deposit of £2,000 before you can join EPIC.
  • Tier 4 visa information: If you request to study under Tier 4 and you are eligible to do so, you will be issued with a CAS to cover study on EPIC only. After successful completion of EPIC you will need to make a new visa application for your main academic course at UAL.