BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper

The BA (Hons) Conservation: Books & Paper course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements and who are highly motivated to develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake the conservation of books and paper. For further information on how to apply to the course, and to download the Application form, please go to the Apply section on the Art School home page.


All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, including the English Language Requirements (If you do not speak English as a first language) though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of 112 UCAS points, for example:
a) three GCE ‘A’ Level passes with one at grade A; OR
b) two GCE ‘A’ Level passes, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at pass or above.
2. International educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of 112 UCAS points with a combination of other qualifications including, though not exclusively, the International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Please check UCAS guidance for the value of various International Qualifications.

3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and experience, such as extensive work in administration; or perhaps minimal GCSE qualifications plus a number of years working in an arts context.

Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.


All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 6.0 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), with a minimum of 5.5 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 169–175 or higher.


At interview we are seeking to determine the extent to which you can demonstrate:

·           fulfilment of the entry requirements;
·           evidence of interest and knowledge of cultural objects and their historical context;
·           commitment and motivation to the subject and the course;
·           a range of hand skills and technical abilities;
·           potential to gather, research and synthesise information;
·           potential to plan and prioritise your own time and set achievable goals.

We are also looking for your potential in the following areas:

·           observational skills;
·           manual dexterity;
·           a rational and informed approach to problem solving;
·           a curiosity about objects, materials and their behaviour;
·           patience and attention to detail;
·           an appetite for learning and an ability to focus.


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