Find out when the deadlines for conservatoire courses are, when and how to apply, and how to meet entry requirements.
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Deadlines for applications

For courses starting in 2020, your application should be with us by one of these dates to ensure consideration by the conservatoires:

  • 1 October 2019, 18:00 (UK time) – for music courses
  • 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time) – for most undergraduate dance, drama or musical theatre courses

However there are some exceptions, particularly for certain audition locations, international applicants or postgraduate courses, so check the conservatoire websites for full details.

If you miss the deadline for your course, you must ask the conservatoires whether they have vacancies before applying – we’ll still process your application either way, but it will be deemed ‘late’ and some conservatoires might not consider you. 

What needs to be done by these dates?

You’ll need to leave enough time to complete your application, resolve any queries and make sure it reaches us by the deadline. Later, after you find courses and you’re ready to apply, we’ll explain everything in more detail, but here’s an overview.

  1. Fill in your details, qualifications and course choices.
  2. Write a personal statement to demonstrate you’ll be a good student.
  3. Pay your application and audition fees.

Your application will also require an academic and practical reference to be sent by email or post to each conservatoire. 

How to meet entry requirements

As well as an audition and/or interview, each course has different requirements you should have or be working towards in school or college – usually a mix of qualifications, subjects or exam grades. As such, many applicants apply during their final year at school or college.

  • When you try to find courses you’ll need to check the entry requirements so you can apply for courses you have a good chance of getting a place on.
  • This is where the option to apply for up to six courses comes in handy, so you can choose courses with different entry requirements.

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