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Entry Requirements for Higher Education Programmes

New students in 2022/23 whose results are due in Summer 2022

At Point Blank, we understand that this is a very stressful time for applicants who have been working hard towards GCSE, A-level and Diploma qualifications and you have faced various changes to the way you study. This has resulted in a great deal of uncertainty, and many of you will have missed out, not just on teaching and learning, but also on the support offered by face-to-face contact with fellow students, friends, family and employers.

Point Blank remains determined that no applicant will be disadvantaged by the pandemic and will be looking at the overall merits of an application received, not just predicted or attained grades. We hope it will be reassuring for you to know that we have the flexibility to look at each application on a case-by-case basis, and work with you as individuals to make the best plans to facilitate your academic progression.

Results for international and EU applicants who have missed their conditional offer grades will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, taking in account the processes followed by the awarding bodies in the country the qualifications were awarded (where applicable).


Entry requirements for HE courses

It can be daunting applying for your degree. Please feel free to live chat, email or call us to learn more about our courses and the application process.

The following guidelines are designed to orientate you through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. 

For most of our full-time undergraduate degrees you should apply through UCAS. However, if you already know that you want to study at Point Blank, and do not intend to apply to other institutions then you should apply direct to us using our online application form. 

Application Form

Please note, if you are applying from outside the UK you can find specific entry requirements for certain countries below in the International Entry Requirements section. If your country is not listed here and you have any questions about your qualifications please contact our Admissions Team.

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

This will initially be assessed through your personal statement which should include any previous study or relevant experience in music. The Admissions Team will look at the merits of each applicant, taking the following evidence into consideration:

  • Personal statement
  • Predicted or previously attained grades
  • Examples of work
  • References
  • Relevant work experience

Applicants may also be asked to complete an admissions test and/or attend an interview.

Where conditional offers are made, typical offers will be set between:

  • A Level:  BBC – BCC
  • BTEC:  DMM - MMM

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of accepted qualifications. Other qualifications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

All material received by applicants as part of an application (portfolio, admissions tests etc.) will be used solely for admissions purposes. Applicants will retain all intellectual property rights on their own work and work will not be distributed outside of those Point Blank team members assessing applications.

Equivalent international qualifications will also be accepted. For information on equivalency please click here.

  • For Point Blank's Music Industry Management Degree, business or music-related subjects should ideally form a substantial component of Level 3 qualifications. If an applicant has no business or music-related subjects then we can consider an application if the personal statement indicates enthusiasm and an appetite for success within the music business.
  • Unconditional offers will be reserved for exceptional applicants who demonstrate their ability through examples of previous work and/or attainment in previous academic study.
  • Applicants without formal qualifications or who have achieved academic qualifications lower than the typical conditional offer may be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience, demonstrated through an interview, admissions test and portfolio of work.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language at CEFR level B2, equivalent to grade C / 4 at GCSE. Please note this requirement also applies to mature students (21 or over) without formal qualifications who have been admitted based on their admissions test and/or prior experience.
  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.
  • International applicants should check minimum academic requirements for entry by using our partner University’s guide here.
  • Successful completion of a CertHE or DipHE programme delivered at Point Blank would precipitate entry at level 5 or 6 on the BA programme, should the previous conduct, attendance and engagement of the student be of an acceptable standard.
  • Places are limited and offers cannot be made to all applicants who meet our typical entry requirements.
  • If you are unsure whether you qualify for a place on a Point Blank Higher Education programme, please contact our Admissions Team

Contextual Admissions

Point Blank is committed to making higher education accessible to everyone. We therefore encourage applications from all students regardless of background and circumstance. We want to see applications from all students with the potential to succeed. That's why we consider additional contextual information on an individual basis as part of our assessment of your application.

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Music Production & Vocal Performance Applicants

Our new BA (Hons) Music Production & Vocal Performance degree is currently ‘subject to validation’ by Middlesex University, however we very much welcome your applications.

We anticipate entry requirements will be the same as our standard HE entry requirements, with the addition of a portfolio of tracks requested upon application and a vocal audition. We will publish further details once the course has been validated.

Foundation Year

What are the entry requirements for the Foundation Year course?

If you are interested in enrolling on one of our degree programmes but do not meet the entry requirements, the Foundation Year course could be for you. This course aims to build your confidence and provide you with the necessary transferable skills you need to progress onto one of our undergraduate degrees.

Entry requirements for the Foundation Year are:

  • A Level: DD
  • A Level: D and pass grades in one of the following:
    • Two different subjects at GCE AS Level
    • Two different subjects at Vocational A Level Single Award
    • Two different subjects at Vocational A Level part Award
  • A Level Double Award: D
  • BTEC National Certificate: M

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of accepted qualifications. Other qualifications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

All material received by applicants as part of an application (portfolio, admissions tests etc.) will be used solely for admissions purposes. Applicants will retain all intellectual property rights on their own work and work will not be distributed outside of those Point Blank team members assessing applications.

  • Applicants without formal qualifications or who have achieved academic qualifications lower than the typical conditional offer may be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience, demonstrated through an interview, admissions test and portfolio of work.
  • All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language at CEFR level B2, equivalent to grade C / 4 at GCSE. Please note this requirement also applies to mature students (21 or over) without formal qualifications who have been admitted based on their admissions test and/or prior experience.
  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.
  • International applicants should check minimum academic requirements for entry by using our partner University’s guide here.

Please note: Applicants who meet the grade requirements for our degree courses but do not have the relevant music experience may also be considered for the Foundation Year if this is a more suitable route.

International Entry Requirements

Brazil

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Brazil through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our Brazilian applicants are below:

Certificado de Ensino Medio with high grades and the Vestibular or PAS

A recognised UK foundation course

One year of university studies at a recognised Brazilian institution

American High School diploma with SATs and Advanced Placement exams

High school diploma with International Baccalaureate Diploma

Professional Diploma from a technical school (two years post-secondary in a specialised field of study)

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

Canada

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Canada through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here.

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our Canadian applicants are below:

International Baccalaureate Diploma

High School Diploma or Secondary School Diploma with at least 5 grade 12 courses with 70% or higher

High School Diploma and scores of 3+ on at least two Advanced Placement exams

Satisfactorily completion of one year of college/university level study with minimum GPA of 3.0

Professional Diploma from a technical school (2 years post-secondary in a specialised field of study)

If you are a citizen of Canada, you do not need to prove your English language ability to obtain your Student Visa.

 

Colombia

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Colombia through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our Colombian applicants are below:

High School Diploma (Bachillerato) and International Baccalaureate Diploma

Bachillerato and a recognised one-year foundation course

One year of university studies at a recognised Colombian institution

American High School diploma with SATs and Advanced Placement exams

Professional Diploma from a technical school (two years post-secondary in a specialised field of study)

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

France

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from France through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here.

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our French applicants are below:

Baccalauréat (le bac) with a minimum score of 11 - 12.5

Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with minimum score of 10 - 11.5

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

India

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from India through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our Indian applicants are below:

  • To meet the academic requirements, you would be required to have achieved 55% or above from a Local Board Examination. We can accept the following:

Indian School Certificate (Year 12)

Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard 12

All India Senior School Certificate Examination

We can also accept the International Baccalaureate with an overall score of 24.

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

Germany

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Germany through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here.

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our German applicants are below:

You must have completed one of the following with a minimum grade of 2.0 – 2.6:

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife 

Abitur or a Fachgebundene Hochschulreife

Fachhochschulreife

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

Italy

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Italy through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our Italian applicants are below:

Esame di Stato with a minimum grade of 70

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

Mexico

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Mexico through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirements for our Mexican applicants are as below:

Bachillerato General or Bachillerato Technologico with marks above 70%

A UK Foundation course in a subject relevant to the degree you are applying for

International Baccalaureate Diploma

American high school diploma with a minimum of two Advanced Placement courses.

A Diploma from a community college with good marks

Associates Degree

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

Spain

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from Spain through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here.

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific academic requirement for our Spanish applicants are below:

Título de Bachillerato with a minimum average grade 6.5 - 8

  • All international students requiring visa sponsorship require an IELTS Academic test. If you have / are going to take an IELTS exam, the minimum level is 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each category: reading, writing, speaking and listening). Only IELTS Academic tests will be accepted.
  • If you are an international student applying for a Student Visa and do not currently have a valid IELTS Academic test, Point Blank will be happy to provide a fee waiver equivalent to the cost of one IELTS Academic test fee, to be waived from your fees upon successful registration only. Point Blank will not provide further waivers for resits and the IELTS test booking receipt must be provided as proof of test fee paid. Fee waivers are applicable to tests completed post-application date only.

United States

The following guidelines are designed to orientate applicants from the United States through entry on to a Higher Education course at Point Blank. If you would like to apply, please start your application form here

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate a) their passion for music and b) an ability to successfully complete a Higher Education programme.

The specific entry requirements for our US applicants are below:

A High School diploma with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 and SAT scores of 550 on each part or ACT composite score of 23

A High School diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and scores of 3+ on at least two advanced placement exams

International Baccalaureate Diploma and SAT scores of 550 on each part or ACT composite score of 23

One year of college/university level study with minimum GPA of 2.8

Professional Diploma from a technical school (two years post-secondary in a specialized field of study)

If you are a citizen of the USA, you do not need to prove your English language ability to obtain your Student Visa.

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