How to Apply

Applications for most RNCM programmes open in July each year and are completed via UCAS Conservatoires.

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, any qualifications you’ve achieved and your academic and practical references. You’ll also need to pay your UCAS assessment fee for the audition. (As a guide, fees for September 2020 entry were £75 for all auditions and portfolio/recording assessments.)

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

Apply and Track

Please note: the application deadline for 2020 entry was 1 October 2019. In some cases, late applications may still be considered, although we are no longer accepting applications for sopranos.  Email for more information.

2021 Entry

Applications for 2021 entry open in mid-July. Due to restrictions associated with COVID-19 and the ongoing effect this will have into the Autumn Term, applicants for September 2021 entry should audition by recording in the first instance. Application dates and deadlines remain unchanged. Please email if you have any questions or concerns.

Key Dates

July UCAS Conservatoires opens for applications.
1 October UCAS Conservatoires deadline for on-time applications for September 2021 entry. Late applications may still be considered. RNCM deadline for on-time submission of composition portfolios and GRNCM recordings for shortlisting.
15 November Deadline for submission of audition recordings for on-time applications (not including composition, conducting and GRNCM).
Mid November – early December Main audition review period.
Late December On-time applicants will be informed of the outcome of their audition.

International Applicants

Watch our simple, step by step guide to applying to study at the RNCM for September 2021 entry – available here in English and Mandarin:

How to use Acceptd

Shortly after you have sent and paid for your UCAS Conservatoires application, you’ll receive an email about the next steps in the process. For most applicants, this will involve submitting supporting information via an online platform called Acceptd. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to use it:

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