Thinking of studying a performance-based course? Find out more about the different options and how to make your application.

    Where to study

    Study at a conservatoire – here the emphasis is on practical development with individual tuition and performance opportunities to help you towards a career in the creative arts.


    Through UCAS Conservatoires, you can apply for courses at the following UK conservatoires:

    Or you could study at a university – here the focus is more on academic study, and could be combined with other subjects to give a broad critical and theoretical education.

    Undergraduate university courses

    Postgraduate university courses

    The alternatives to higher education

    • Work – apply for jobs now, or start a business, with the aim to work up to your future goals.
    • Training – prepare for the world of work, or learn on the job while you work.
    • Volunteering – gain experience to help you towards your work or study aspirations.
    • Travel – get cultural insights during working holidays, learning, conservation or teaching.

    Preparing for the next step​

    There are lots of extra-curricular activities that can help you decide your future, as well as looking great on your UCAS Conservatoires application or your CV.

    Get a taste of higher education: come to our UCAS Create your future events in October and November – all about performing arts at conservatoires and universities – or go to conservatoire open days.

    Gain experience and explore your interests

    International and EU students

    You’ll need to be able to demonstrate your English language skills to study a course in the UK – so think about whether you’ll need to improve your English.

    Mature students

    Don’t worry if you feel unprepared for higher education – if you don’t have any particular qualifications, you may find your life experience has already given you everything you’ll need.