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 2020 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.
15 November 2019 Acceptd deadline for submission of portfolios for recorded auditions (not including Conducting, Composition and GRNCM).
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.


The Application Process

1. RNCM Open Days

These take place in April and September and are a great way to start your journey to conservatoire study.

2. Making an Application

Applications open in July each year. Once you’ve decided which course is right for you and you’re ready to start the process, you need to set up an account with UCAS Conservatoires. Here, you’ll be asked to provide a personal statement (so that we can get to know you a little), your education history and any qualifications you’ve achieved, and pay your UCAS and audition fees.

You then need to set up a separate account with Acceptd, where you’ll upload your personal statement (so that we can share it with key staff), proof of your qualifications, and contact details for your chosen referees.

3. Student Finance

If you’re eligible – we advise that you apply for student finance via the Student Loans Company as soon as you’ve completed your application. Doing this early should help to ensure you receive your funds without delay.

And don’t worry, your information can be easily amended if your institution or course name changes.

4. Application Deadline

You have until 1 October to complete and submit your application, and you can track its progress at any time via UCAS Track.

5. RNCM Auditions

Most auditions take place at the RNCM in November and December. Notification of your date and time, together with an Audition Reply Form to confirm your attendance, will be sent before the end of October. You’ll find lots of information about the set requirements for your Principal Study on our website; please check these carefully and allow yourself enough time to practise and prepare.

6. Audition Outcome

You’ll know the outcome of your audition before 24 December via UCAS Track. If you’re successful in gaining a place, we’ll email details of your offer separately. At this point, it’s important that all required information is uploaded to your Acceptd account, including completed references from your referees.

7. Decision Time

You have until 31 January to accept your offer. To help with your decision, we run a series of Offer Holder days throughout the month where you can find out more about the course you’ve applied for, chat to staff and students, attend a taster Principal Study lesson and observe workshops and performances.

8. Next Steps

Once you’ve accepted your offer it’s important to think about what you need to do before you join us in September.

You have until the end of August to meet all the conditions associated with your offer, such as completing your exams or gaining the necessary English Language requirements for your course, and you’ll need to make sure your accommodation is in place. But don’t worry, we’ll be with you every step of the way, providing detailed information from February onwards so that you know exactly what to expect.

Requirements by course