Our main auditions period for undergraduate and postgraduate music places is in November. In order to be eligible, you must submit your UCAS Conservatoires application before the on-time deadline. We are intending to hold live in-person auditions in Birmingham where possible, keeping in line with government guidance. Applicants also have the option of attending a virtual audition instead of a live audition, which you will be able to select as part of your UCAS application.

UCAS Conservatoires Application Submission Deadline
The deadline is normally on or around 1 October in the year prior to entry for music.

If you are an organist, please be aware that organ scholarship trials are held at the same time as auditions and places fill up very quickly. You are strongly advised to apply by the on-time deadline.

Late auditions

If you apply between 1 October and 4 January, you may be eligible for late auditions. However, late auditions are only held if a first study area still has vacancies after the main auditions, so you are encouraged to apply on time if at all possible. Late auditions are normally held in February and are open to both undergraduates and postgraduates. If we receive your application after 4 January, you may be given an audition if your first study area still has vacancies; this will be arranged through our Admissions Team.

Audition Fees

From 2022 entry onward, for a standard single instrument audition a non-refundable audition fee of £75 is payable to RBC through UCAS Conservatoires at the time of application. If you are choosing between two areas/instruments, you may request a double audition, for which there is a non-refundable fee of £105 payable through UCAS Conservatoires at the time of application. For audition requirements, please see the appropriate course page. Applicants will also need to pay a one-off application fee of £26.50 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. 

In certain circumstances we may consider waiving audition fees. Please contact our admissions team if you would like to discuss your audition fee being waived for financial reasons. You should make your fee waiver request prior to making your audition payment with UCAS.

Non-UK students should refer to the sections on International Audition Centres and Audition Recordings in our advice for International Students.