How to Apply

Please note the information contained on this page is relevant to our Acting courses only. If you wish to apply for our Music courses, information is on this page

To apply for our undergraduate or postgraduate taught Acting courses you will need to apply through UCAS Conservatoires. However, to apply for Applied Theatre or Stage Management, you will need to use the main UCAS site.

Applications for research degrees (MPhil/PhD) are made directly to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. To view the research degree course page and apply, please use the button below.

Applying Using UCAS

UCAS isn't always the easiest website to use, so here's our short guide on how to apply for a Royal Birmingham Conservatoire course using UCAS:

1. Register with UCAS

  • Visit this webpage and select ‘Conservatoires’ if you are applying to our BA Acting (undergraduate) or MA/PGDip Acting (postgraduate) courses. If you are applying to Applied Theatre or Stage Management select ‘Undergraduate’.
  • Once you have completed the registration, a username will be automatically generated, and you will be asked to choose a password.
  • Be sure to make a note of your username and password to enable you to log in later.

Register using the UCAS site

2. Login to continue your application

Login to UCAS or Login to UCAS Conservatoires

3. Provide contact details for an academic referee

  • BA (Hons) Acting – Your referee must be able to comment on your academic ability; Your referee should know you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education. You will be asked to submit an additional practical reference which is not a requirement however you may still wish to include a referee for this who should be able to comment on your acting ability.
  • UCAS will not accept references from family, other relatives or friends. The reference forms are available using the below link, and you should email or post them to your referees.
  • References should be sent to acting.admissions@bcu.ac.uk 
  • BA (Hons) Stage Management and BA (Hons) Applied Theatre – Your referee must be able to comment on your academic ability; Your referee should know you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education.
  • PGDip & MA Acting - One of your referees must be able to comment on your academic ability; the other must be able to comment on your practical ability. Your referees should know you well enough to write about you and your suitability for higher education.
  • References should be sent to acting.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

Download reference forms from UCAS

4. Fees and payments

  • BA Acting and PGDip/MA Acting - There is a one-off application fee of £25 payable to UCAS on submission of application form.
  • BA Acting and PGDip/MA Acting - An additional non-refundable audition fee of £46 is payable to the Conservatoire; this is collected through the UCAS system. 
  • You can make your payment online using a credit or debit card. The card doesn’t have to be in your name, but you do need the consent of the cardholder. If you can’t pay by card, you can choose to pay by an alternative method, such as cheque, postal order or bank transfer.
  • BA Applied Theatre and BA Stage Management - There is a one-off application fee of £24 payable to UCAS on submission of application form.

5. Deadlines

  • The closing date for on-time applications is on 15th January 2019 in the year prior to entry. 
  • You are advised to apply as early as possible. Late applications may be accepted until the end of August in which we have unfilled places. Please contact Acting Admissions before you make a late application.
  • If you have a disability, we would encourage you to apply as early as possible. Once we are aware of your disability we can try to support your individual needs.
  • If you have not made us aware of your disability or you feel you may have a disability, please contact our Admissions Team or our Disability Support team on +44 (0)121 331 6495/7775 (text/voice).

If you still need information or advice, contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit: +44 330 3330 232. Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6pm (UK time).