Make an Application

The specialised training we offer means that securing a place at the RNCM is highly competitive, so it’s important that you understand the necessary entrance requirements before making an application.

In brief, all applicants must be over 18 years old by 31 December in the year of entry, demonstrate a high level of performing/composition ability at audition, and meet the minimum academic standards and English Language requirement for the course of choice. For guidance, undergraduate applicants are expected to be of at least Grade 8 standard in their Principal Study instrument, with at least Grade 5 knowledge of music theory.

Key Dates 

July 2019 UCAS Conservatoires opens for 2020 entry applications.
1 October 2019 UCAS Conservatoires deadline for on-time applications for September 2019 entry. International applicants can apply all year round.

Deadline for submission of supporting documents via Acceptd for all applicants (except MMus Conducting applicants).

31 October 2019 Deadline for submission of supporting documents via Acceptd for MMus Conducting applicants.
31 October 2019 Applicants who have applied by the UCAS Conservatoires deadline will be notified of their audition date/time via UCAS Conservatoires Track.
1 November 2019 Acceptd deadline for submission of supporting documents.
Mid November – early December 2019 Main auditions period.
Late December 2019 On-time applicants will be informed of the outcome of their audition by this time.

How to Apply

Applications for 2020 entry are open until 1 October 2019 and are submitted online via a two-step process:

Step 1: UCAS Conservatoires

Applications for most RNCM programmes (with the exception of Professional and Vocational courses) are made via UCAS Conservatoires.

The deadline for on-time applications for September 2020 entry is 1 October 2019. We may still consider applications for 2019 entry for some programmes/instruments – please email to enquire about availability of places.

Your audition fee must be paid through UCAS Conservatoires before we can arrange your audition. Fees currently stand at £75 for all auditions and portfolio/recording assessments submitted by the October 1st 2019 deadline.

Apply and Track

Step 2: Acceptd

Acceptd is an online portal that allows us to view your supporting documents alongside your full application. The RNCM will review this material in conjunction with your UCAS Conservatoires application.

You can set up your account with Acceptd and start uploading your documents at any point in the application process. Submissions cannot be made until all documentation is uploaded. The deadline for this is 1 October 2019 (31 October 2019 for MMus Conducting applicants).

All applicants are required to supply the following:

  • Name and email address of your chosen academic referee
  • Name and email address of your chosen practical referee
  • A scanned copy of current highest qualifications to date

Master of Music (MMus) Applicants

In addition to the above, MMus applicants should submit academic transcripts to date and an example of written work. Click here for guidance.

Shortlisting Material Requirements for Conducting, Composition and GRNCM/MusB (‘Joint Course’) applicants

Conducting, Composition and GRNCM/MusB (‘Joint Course’) applicants must submit shortlisting material. Please click on the relevant links below for further information:



GRNCM/MusB (‘Joint Course’)

Qualifications Not Yet Completed

If you are still in the process of completing qualifications required for your programme (e.g. Bachelor’s Degree), please upload your highest current qualifications.
Once you have achieved your outstanding qualification, please email a copy of your documents to A Level results released in August do not need to be submitted to admissions, as the RNCM will be automatically notified by UCAS Conservatoires.

Offers will only be made Guaranteed Unconditional (GU) once we receive copies of all the qualifications required. 

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English Language Requirements for Non-Native Speakers

Students who do not speak English as a first language must submit IELTS certificates that meet the criteria for their course. Please see the International Applications page for details.Exceptions to this rule can occasionally be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our Admissions team to discuss this further.