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Entry Requirements for Higher Education Programmes

UNDERGRADUTE ADMISSIONS

At Point Blank, we understand each of our applicants have been working hard towards GCSE, A-level and Diploma qualifications and that you may have faced various challenges along the way. This 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).  

If you require a student visa to study in the UK, you must aim to submit your application to study at Point Blank before Monday 1st August. We will try our best to support you through the visa process but applications received after this point may be deferred to our January 2022, April 2023 or October 2023 start date.

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UCAS APPLICATIONS

 


Point Blank participates in the UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. This means that you can also apply via UCAS if you are considering other Universities or Schools.

The UCAS code for your chosen course can be found on the relevant course page but to submit your UCAS application please visit the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five courses through UCAS and you don’t have to choose your favourite course until you've received your offers. Once you’ve submitted your application, UCAS will send all universities your details.

 

UCAS Undergraduate Closes Thursday 30th June 2022
Clearing Opens   Tuesday 5th July 2022  
Clearing Results Day   Thursday 18th August 2022  

 

Qualifications


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.

Please see below the entry requirements for courses at Point Blank Music School.

 

Entry Requirements UCAS Tariff Points A Level BTEC Personal Statement Audition
Music Production and Sound Engineering 64 CC MMP/MM Required Not required
Music Production and DJ Performance
64 CC MMP/MM Required Not required
Music Production and Vocal Performance
64 CC MMP/MM Required Required
Music Industry Management
64 CC PPP/MP Required Not required
Foundation Access to All Courses  
48 DD MMP/MM Required Not required

 

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

First and foremost, we are looking for people who can demonstrate their passion for music and 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

Equivalent international qualifications will also be accepted. If you are applying from outside the UK you can find specific entry requirements for certain countries on our International Equivalencies Webpage. If your country is not listed here, please check minimum academic requirements for entry by using our partner University’s guide here.

To ensure we process your application as quickly as possible, please provide all relevant documentation and information listed above when you apply. If you are still studying or awaiting your results you can apply now with your predicted grades.

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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE


All applicants must be able to demonstrate English language at CEFR level B2. 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.

If you are an International Applicant and require a student visa to study in the UK, you must attain one of the English Language tests in the table below:

 

English Language Test Minimm Grade International Applicants
GCSE/IGCSE/O‐Level/International Cambridge O Level English (as a first or second language)
Grade C or 4 Please enquire with Admissions Office
IELTS (Academic)   
6.0 (with 5.5 in each component)  
Accepted    
Pearson Test of English  
51 (with 51 in all components)
Accepted    
Cambridge ESOL  
CPE Grade C CAE Grade B
Accepted    
Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT version ONLY  
B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
Accepted    
International Baccalaureate English A1 (Standard or Higher) and B (Higher Level) Grade 5 Not accepted
Trinity College (ISE only)   ISE II as evidence of all skills in English (B2)   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.

Course Specific Requirements


BA(Hons) in Music Industry Management and BA(Hons) in Music Production courses

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. 

BA(Hons) in Music Production and Vocal Performance

All Applicants will be required to attend a Vocal Audition before gaining admissions onto the programme. You will also need to meet the qualification and English language requirements.

Offers


Applicants without formal qualifications or who have achieved academic qualifications lower than our entry requirement may be considered on the strength of relevant prior learning and experience, demonstrated through an interview, admissions test and portfolio of work.

Point Blank's Unconditional offers will be reserved for exceptional applicants who demonstrate their ability through examples of previous work and/or attainment in previous academic study

Aspirational Offers

Passion for music is one criteria we at Point Blank greatly consider when assessing applications. Predicted grades are a good indicator of exam outcomes but they aren't always an accurate reflection of potential. We aim to look beyond your predicted grades when giving a final decision on your application with a flexible and personalised admissions approach. With this in mind, we can consider giving aspirational offers to applicants who are predicted lower grades than our entry requirements.

If the entry requirements for your chosen course are BC and your predicted grades are CD you may be made an offer of BC, but with flexibility should you not achieve these grades.

However, it's important you continue to aim for great results, but if things do not work out the way you planned, then we are here to support you.

If you have a love for music, we encourage you to apply to Point Blank whatever your circumstances and your predicted outcomes.

Contextual Offers

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.

Foundation year


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.

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.

Brazilian applicants will need to have completed one of the following:

  • Certificado de Ensino Medio with a minimum grade of 8 out of 10
  • 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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