FAQs

We’ve listed some of the most common questions we’re asked by applicants, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know email info@rncm.ac.uk.

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.

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

You can accept a reserve offer as your first choice and a guaranteed or a reserve offer as your second 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 and 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 defer my offer for a year?

Defferals are not normally possible due to the competitive nature of entry auditions each year. You’ll need to reapply and re-audition if you wish to enter the following year.