Falmouth University Admissions

By | 1st June 2017

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Falmouth University Admissions

Admissions are responsible for managing applications to Falmouth courses and for providing advice and guidance regarding all aspects of the application process: Tel: 01326 213730. Email: admissions@falmouth.ac.uk.

The Admissions team is the main point of contact for UK and EU applicants for entry to our courses. The team processes about 7,000 applications each year across the Foundation Diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The team also communicates with applicants throughout the process, via telephone, email and post, and is the main point of contact up to enrolment.

Entry Requirements

As we’re a creative arts university, we’ll assess you on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course of study with us. While we have minimum entry requirements, we appreciate that not all applicants come to us with standard qualifications and we consider a wide range of equivalent level qualifications from around the world, and professional experience or self-directed learning instead.

It’s true that entry to Falmouth can be competitive, but keep in mind that we consider your unique set of qualifications, skills and experience – we don’t look at grades in isolation. We are most interested in applicants who can demonstrate their skills, their enthusiasm and commitment to their subject. If you think you can do this, we encourage you to apply.

Standard entry requirements

Our standard minimum entry requirements vary according to the level of study you apply for and these are outlined below. We work within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

1) Undergraduate Courses

You will have Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. You will also have a portfolio of creative work for some of our courses. If you have studied a relevant subject or qualification, it may help to strengthen your application or your skills or portfolio. However, your application will not be discounted automatically if you have not, unless it is listed as a pre-requisite for study. More information can be found below, under the heading ‘Specific Entry Requirements’.

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from your Level 3 qualifications. For more information and to see how many points your qualifications may be worth, please see the information under the heading ‘UCAS points’ below.

We will also consider a range of equivalent level qualifications from around the world or current, relevant experience.

2) Postgraduate Taught Courses

You will have a Level 6 equivalent qualification for entry to postgraduate taught level study. Typically, this will be an undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject area. You will have a demonstrable interest in your chosen subject and the self-motivation required to succeed at postgraduate level.

We will also consider equivalent degrees from around the world, or current, relevant experience.

Specific entry requirements

A small number of our courses have an additional course-specific grade requirement in a certain subject, to ensure that you are academically prepared to study your chosen subject at university level.

Some of our courses may ask you to fulfil certain additional tasks, and these tasks vary from subject to subject. These are designed to enable you to demonstrate your creative skills and to help us assess your potential to succeed in you chosen subject at Falmouth. For example, you may be required to upload some of your work, and/or participate in an audition or interview, to help us learn more about you.

In each case, we will publish any additional requirements on the relevant course web page. We will also notify you of any tasks you may need to complete after you have applied. Please do not send us anything extra until we ask you to.

To see if the course you’re interested in currently has any specific entry requirements, please refer to the Courses & Specific Entry Requirements page.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide evidence that you have English language skills that are of an equivalent standard in reading, writing, listening and speaking. We accept a range of recognised English language tests that are equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference levels below.

Your test must be taken no earlier than two years before you start your course at Falmouth.

Applying toExamples of recognised English language tests & minimum scoresEquivalent to
IELTS (Academic)Cambridge ESOL ExamsIGCSE EnglishInternational Baccalaureate (IB)Common European Framework
Undergraduate6.0 overall with a min of 5.5 in each categoryCAE or FCE Cambridge English Scale 169First Language or Second Language CLanguage B Higher Level Grade 4 or Standard Level Grade 5C1
Postgraduate Taught6.5 overall with a min of 6.0 in each categoryCAE or FCE Cambridge English Scale 176n/an/aC2

For more examples of other language tests that we will accept for entry to Falmouth, please visit our International Qualifications page.

Please note, if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to take a Secure English Language Test (SELT). For an up-to-date list of tests and providers that are approved by the Government, please visit the gov.uk website