Your Offer: Home Applicant Guide

Congratulations on your offer of a place to study at the RNCM.

Below is important information outlining the next steps required to accept and confirm your place. Please take a moment to read this carefully and don’t hesitate to email [email protected] quoting your UCAS Conservatoires ID if you’re unsure of anything.

We look forward to welcoming you in September!

Your Offer and Associated Conditions

Please check your offer letter carefully and let our Admissions Team know as soon as possible if you think any of the information included, such as course details, are incorrect.

Your offer letter may also include details of any other criteria you are required to meet, and any scholarships you have been awarded.

It’s important to note that unless otherwise specified, scholarships are for your first year of study only, and any continuing awards will only be renewed providing your studentship remains in good standing in terms of attendance, engagement, and commitment to activities within your School of Study and the College.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s essential that you reply to your offer using your UCAS Hub by the relevant deadline, where you’ll also find full details of any associated conditions. For a full list of key dates, please see below.


Submit Supporting Documents

After you’ve accepted your offer, please submit any outstanding supporting documentation to our Admissions Team via [email protected] remembering to include your UCAS ID in any correspondence.

Attend Offer Holders’ Events and Activities (January 2024)

Each January we look forward to welcoming Offer Holders to the College for a range of in-person activities, designed to help you make an informed choice on whether the RNCM is right for you.

Events are School or instrument specific and provide a great opportunity to meet staff, students and future classmates. To see what’s on and to sign up, click here.

If you’re unable to attend in person, please don’t worry. There will be opportunities to join us online in January and as we move through the year. Click here to see our additional activities and resources.


Sir Charles Grove Hall of Residence

All new students can choose to live in Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence, and you’re automatically allocated a room if you accept your offer by 1 February (please note that late applicants are not guaranteed an allocation). We’ll be in touch with eligible offer holders in February/March 2024 with more information on how to confirm your booking.

The Hall is situated right next door to the RNCM and is owned and managed by Unite Students. They will contact you in Spring to ask if you’d like to accept your room and to advise on what to do next if you do. If you know in advance that you don’t wish to live onsite – and to ensure that your room is not reserved unnecessarily – please email [email protected].

Private Accommodation

Alternatively, you may wish to rent a flat or share a house privately. Manchester has a huge selection of affordable accommodation within easy distance of the RNCM. There are lots of areas close by and if you’re curious to learn more, you might find these website useful:

Student Cribs
Uni Homes
Mcr Move

Tuition Fees

By accepting a place at the RNCM, you’re guaranteeing to undertake, and be responsible for, your tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your course. Our fees for 2024/25 can be found here and payment details will be provided with your registration information

It’s important to note that from the details you provided, you’re classed as a Home student for fee purposes. Fee status is assessed based on the information available at the time of application and, as such, may change throughout the year if further investigation is required. If you feel that you have been assigned an incorrect fee status, please email our Admissions Team at [email protected].

Further information about fees, funding and financial support can be found here on our website, and don’t forget that in addition to your tuition fees, you’ll also need funds for living costs.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) Regulations

If you already hold a qualification of an equivalent or higher level to that of the Bachelor of Music you will be affected by government Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) regulations. This means that you may be liable for full fees.

The same regulations apply to all universities and conservatoires in England. You should also be aware that any previous study at degree level may affect your loan entitlement. For further information please contact the Student Loans Company.

Key Dates

January  Attend online and in person Offer Holders’ activities (further information to follow via email)
By 1 February If you have received all of your decisions by 3 January, accept your offer through your UCAS Hub  and submit any outstanding supporting documentation (e.g. references and certificates) via [email protected] as soon as possible.
By 11 April  If you have received all of your decisions by 15 March, accept your offer through your UCAS Hub.
March – May If you have accepted your offer by the relevant deadline, you’ll be contacted by Unite Students regarding accommodation in Sir Charles Groves Hall of Residence. If you would prefer to organise private accommodation, please visit Manchester Student Homes.
April – May Postgraduate School of Vocal Studies and Opera offer holders will receive an email about auditions for the RNCM’s December opera production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden (usually held in June)
By May  UK students seeking a student loan should apply via Student Finance.
By 1 June If you have received all of your decisions by 15 May, accept your offer through your UCAS Hub.
By 27 July  If you have received all of your decisions by 11 July, accept your offer through your UCAS Hub.
By 31 August  Deadline for meeting all offer conditions.
Summer  Keep an eye out for messages from our Students’ Union about our  Freshers’ activities.
August – Start of Academic Year You’ll receive notification of your Principal Study Tutor (date varies per instrument)
September You’ll receive your RNCM IT account details via email.
September You’ll receive an email outlining online registration and tuition fee payment.
By 8 September If you have received all of your decisions by 2 August, accept your offer through your UCAS Hub.
16 – 20 September Enrolment and Welcome Week (compulsory for all students)
23 September Start of 2024/25 Academic Year

Next Steps

It’s important that you read and understand the information outlined above so that you know what to expect before you start.

For now, the key thing to remember is that if you have received all of your offers by 3 January, you need to accept by 1 February. For offers received after this date, please refer to the deadline listed on your UCAS Conservatories application.