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Planned maintenance: 17 – 19 November

We are carrying out planned maintenance on Friday 17 November until Sunday 19 November.

This means at times, you may become disconnected from Apply. Please do not make any changes to your application during the following times:

  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Friday 17 November
  • 07:30 – 08:00 on Saturday 18 November
  • 14:00 – 15:00 on Saturday 18 November

Track will also be unavailable between 09:00 – 11:00 on Saturday 18 November.

The UCAS Teacher Training search tool will be unavailable from 18:00 on Friday 17 November until 23:59 on Sunday 19 November.

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 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


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.