UCAS Conservatoires: when to apply

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

Deadlines for applications

For courses starting in 2021, your application should be with us by one of these dates to ensure consideration by the conservatoires:

  • 1 October 2020, 18:00 (UK time) – for music courses
  • 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time) – for most undergraduate dance, drama or musical theatre courses. (Following UK COVID-19 restriction announcements the deadline for undergraduate applications has been extended from 15 January.)

However there are some exceptions, particularly for certain assessment 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 to each conservatoire. 

How to meet entry requirements

As well as an assessment 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.