FAQs for applicants

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions about applying to the RNCM.

Please check this list to see if you can find the information that you’re looking for. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please email admissions@rncm.ac.uk

I haven’t taken A level Music, can I still apply?

Yes you can apply without an A level in Music although we would highly recommend you take it.

Do I need to have achieved ABRSM Grade 8 in both my instrument and theory to get a place?

Not necessarily. You can apply and audition without having obtained Grade 8. However, as a general guide, applicants are normally expected to have reached Grade 8 standard in their performance.

Can I apply to universities as well as conservatoires?

Yes. Undergraduate applicants can apply to universities (on UCAS) and conservatoires (on UCAS Conservatoires) at the same time – please note that they are separate systems with different application processes and timescales. You can hold a guaranteed/firm offer on both systems although a final decision is required before the start of your course.

Do I have to have a degree in music in order to apply for a postgraduate course?

Not necessarily. Postgraduate applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) before entry, however this degree does not necessarily have to be in music.

I’m unsure if I’m of the right standard to audition at the RNCM, or if I want to study at a conservatoire. Are there opportunities to come to the College to see if it is right for me?

Yes. If you want to get a better idea of whether the RNCM is right for you, you can come along for an Advice Audition. Advice Auditions are normally only available during January – June, and the current fee is £75, of which £35 is refunded if you apply for an entry audition within 12 months. Please contact admissions@rncm.ac.uk to request an application form.

For a more informal visit, you can attend an Open Day where you can meet RNCM staff and students, and enjoy student performances in the Concert Hall. Details are available on our Open Days page.

When is the audition period?

The main audition period usually takes place November/December. However this is subject to change each year. Please visit the auditions page for more details.

How much is the audition fee? How do I pay?

The audition fee is currently £75 for on-time applications.

Auditions fees must be paid to UCAS Conservatoires at the time of your application. For more information, please visit UCAS Conservatoires website.

What are the audition requirements?

Audition requirements vary from instrument to instrument. For further information, please visit the Audition Requirements page on our website.

Can I apply for two Principal Study areas/two instruments?

Joint Principal Study is not offered on any of the RNCM courses. You will concentrate on one instrument or Principal Study area during your course. If you would like to be considered for two instruments or Principal Study areas, you will need to make two separate applications and pay two audition fees on UCAS Conservatoires.

I’m having problems with my UCAS Conservatoires login. What do I do?

You will need to contact the UCAS Conservatoires helpline on 0371 468 0470.

When should I apply?

The UCAS Conservatoires ‘Apply’ function is normally available from early July for the following year’s entry. UCAS Conservatoires Apply for September 2019 entry opens July 2018. The deadline for on-time applications is 1 October 2018. Late applications are accepted, provided there are places available (but please note that accommodation can only be guaranteed for on-time applicants). Late applicants are advised to contact Admissions on admissions@rncm.ac.uk to check availability of places before making an application. We can consider international applications all year round.

How do I submit my supporting documents to you?

The RNCM is working with an online document management system called Acceptd. Applicants will need to register with Acceptd and then upload the required documents e.g. references, copies of qualifications etc. Please check the Make An Application page for further details.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

All applicants are automatically considered for an entrance award/scholarship at the audition stage. You do not need to apply for one. For other scholarship information and bursaries, please visit the fees and funding webpage.

When will I know the outcome of my audition?

If you apply on time and attend an audition during the main audition period, you will receive an outcome via UCAS Conservatoires before Christmas. If you are offered a guaranteed place, you will also receive an offer letter by email or post.

I have been offered a Reserve place, can I accept another offer?

You can accept a reserve offer as your 1st choice and a guaranteed or a reserve offer as your 2nd choice on UCAS Conservatoires.

I’ve been offered a Reserve place, when will I find out if it will be converted to a full offer?

Anytime between February-August. We will notify you as soon as the situation changes. Unfortunately some reserves do become unsuccessful.

How are tutors allocated?

The allocation of students to specific Principal Study tutors is the responsibility of the relevant Head of School in consultation with other specialist colleagues, taking account of performance at audition. Prospective students who may have a preference for a particular tutor are encouraged to make this known to their respective School. It should be emphasised, however, that in all cases, the final decision about tutor allocation will remain the responsibility of the Head of School.

Can I apply for a consultation lesson with a particular tutor?

Yes, consultation lessons are available to RNCM offer holders. Offer holders wishing to have a consultation lesson with a prospective tutor should contact the relevant School Administrator in the first instance. Please note that consultation lessons are conducted in a tutor’s own time, and the fee for a consultation lesson is payable direct to the tutor concerned. In all cases, the final decision about tutor allocation is the responsibility of the Head of School.

Can I visit the College before making a decision?

Yes we have two Open Days a year, and requests for individual visits may be possible. Please visit our Open Day page for further information.

How do I apply for accommodation?

RNCM students can choose to live in Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, conveniently located next door to the College. The Hall is owned and managed by Liberty Living.

If you are made and accept an offer of a place at the RNCM, your details will automatically be forwarded to Liberty Living so that a room can be allocated for you. You will receive an email directly from Liberty Living in spring regarding the next steps to book your room. For more information about Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, please click here.

If you do not wish to live in Halls then you can make your own arrangements with a private provider. Please visit Manchester Student Homes for information and guidance.

Can students rent a parking space at Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence?

Due to the limited capacity of the Sir Charles Groves Hall car park, unfortunately we cannot rent spaces to our students.