Auditions

Student playing piano in rehearsal room.

In order to be eligible for our first audition period, you must submit your UCAS Conservatoires application by 3 October 2022. If you apply after this date, your application will be considered and your audition will be scheduled in February 2023 as part of our late auditions.

Audition Process

Auditions for those who apply by 3 October 2022 will be held in November 2022. If you apply after 3 October and before 3 January, your audition will be scheduled for February 2023. If you wish to apply for 2023 entry after 3 January 2023, then your audition will be scheduled on an ad-hoc basis to suit you.

You will have the option to choose from a face-to-face or virtual audition, after your slot is confirmed.

Face-to-face auditions

If you choose to opt for the face-to-face audition, this will take place at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, B4 7XR – view directions. We suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before your audition starts.

Virtual auditions

If you choose to do a virtual audition, then we will send you a Microsoft Teams or Zoom link ahead of your slot. We ask that you join the link five minutes before your audition is due to start. Ensure that you camera and mic works beforehand so that the panel can see and hear your audition clearly.

We will do our best to accommodate all applications that we receive throughout the year, however if you are applying for a course that is already full we will make you aware of this and suggest alternative courses.

Your audition details will be submitted to UCAS Conservatoires so please keep a close eye on your UCAS Conservatoires track. We will also send an email notifying you that audition details have been submitted which will give general information needed for the day.

Student playing Violin in rehearsal room.

Entry requirements

Many instruments or courses have specific audition requirements. Please view our audition requirements for entry in 2023 for your instrument, department or course.

Entry requirements

Audition Fees

The audition fees as detailed below are a non-refundable payment through UCAS Conservatoire at the time of application.

2023 entry

Single instrumentTwo instruments
£75 £105

Applicants will also need to pay a one-off application fee of £27 to UCAS on submission of an application form. Fees must be paid prior to audition (where fees are applicable) and cover the entire audition process.

Fee waivers

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire offers audition fee waivers to applicants for whom financial hardship might otherwise present a barrier to auditioning.

Please note we cannot waive the £27 application fee set by UCAS Conservatoires.

Fee waivers are considered for the following undergraduate and postgraduate applicants:

  • UK residents with an annual household income equal to or below the eligibility threshold set at £31,139
  • Care leavers

Typically, applicants will be in receipt of one of the following, and should be prepared to submit evidence as proof of their household income:

  • Jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income support
  • Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit or Universal credit
  • Housing benefit
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIPs)
  • Full-time Carers’ allowance
How to apply for a fee waiver

Complete the fee waiver form and email it to conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk or post it to

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham City University
200 Jennens Road
Birmingham
B4 7XR
United Kingdom

After your audition

Following your audition, a decision will be made on your application by the audition panel. This decision is then relayed to the Admissions Team to process in the system. You will be notified of our decision on your UCAS account and via email.

There are a number of different decisions that can be made:

Guaranteed Unconditional This means you have been successful at audition and have already met the academic entry requirements to the course. Please note that you will be required to provide evidence of these qualifications before you can enrol onto the course.
Guaranteed Conditional This means you have been successful at audition but still need to meet the academic entry requirements. These conditions will be detailed in the offer communication emailed to you and on your UCAS account. You will be required to meet the conditions of the offer before you can enrol onto the course.
Reserve Unconditional This means you have been placed in the pool of reserve candidates. We may be able to make you a guaranteed offer if a suitable place becomes available. The status of the decision is reserve unconditional as you have already met the academic entry requirements to the course. If we are able to upgrade you to a guaranteed offer, you will be required to provide evidence of your qualifications before you can enrol onto the course.
Reserve Conditional This means you have been placed in the pool of reserve candidates. We may be able to make you a guaranteed offer if a suitable place becomes available. The status of this decision is reserve conditional as you still need to meet the academic requirements. These conditions will be detailed in the offer communication emailed to you and on your UCAS account. If we are able to upgrade you to a guaranteed offer, you will be required to meet the conditions of the offer before you can enrol onto the course.