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Customer Experience Centre availability on 21 February
Our Customer Experience Centre will be closed from 10:15 – 12:30 (UK time) on Tuesday 21 February, due to staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
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Planned system maintenance: 17 – 19 February

The following systems will be unavailable from 18:00 (UK time) on Friday 17 February until 23:59 (UK time) on Sunday 19 February, while we carry out planned maintenance:

  • UCAS Undergraduate search tool
  • Track (except for UCAS Postgraduate)

During this time, you won’t be able to access our password reminder service for UCAS Undergraduate Apply.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Thinking about performing arts?

Thinking of studying a performance-based course? Find out more about the different options and how to make your application.
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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 Compose your future event in October – 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.


Introduction to UCAS Conservatoires for EU students

These PDFs explain the basics of the UCAS Conservatoires application process. You can find them in more languages on the 'International students' page.