Please see Filling In Your Application For UK Conservatoires via UCAS for further assistance with this process.
These details are for students applying to start their studies at the Academy in September 2024.
Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the department administrator if you have any queries.
2 October deadline, 6pm UK time:
Deadline for all candidates for London or Video auditions to submit the UCAS Conservatoires application.
27 October deadline (midday UK time):
- London in-person candidates: deadline to create your profile in the Acceptd portal, with your referee contact details, and any written requirements required for your course choice (see below).
- Video candidates: deadline to upload audition recordings (including the spoken English introduction) into the Acceptd portal, details are on our video auditions page. You will need to create a profile in the Acceptd portal into which you put your referee contact details, and upload:
- your audition recording
- the list of all the works in your programme
- any written requirements (see below) and
- your spoken English introduction.
Undergraduates should upload a separate unedited video for each piece.
Postgraduates should upload a single unedited video of their complete programme.
We are holding auditions in New York during February 2024 for candidates from North and South America who cannot travel to London for their audition. The deadline for UCAS Conservatoires and Acceptd for New York is 8 January 2024 midday UK time. Please see "International Auditions" on the Your Application page.
Undergraduates should present a contrasted solo programme of three pieces from the following list.
Postgraduates should present a contrasted solo programme of four pieces from the following list.
- a contrapuntal work written between c1500-1750
- a work from the 19th or 20th century in 1st movement sonata form
- a theme with variations (from any period)
- a work, or movement(s), from the late 20th or early 21st century
- a dance movement (from any period)
In most cases live guitar auditions last around 30 minutes, and will include sight-reading. As time is limited you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.
You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the undergraduate academic staff, during which you can discuss your study plans. As part of the interview you may be asked some questions about a short extract of music, and be asked to take some aural skills assessments consisting of a sight-singing test and some of the following:
- singing the middle notes in a chord
- identification of intervals
- sight reading of rhythms
- sight reading of two simultaneous different rhythms, to be sung and clapped.
Sorry, we cannot issue specimen tests.
You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the postgraduate programme tutors where you can discuss your study plans.
Applicants for the Master of Music (MMus), Professional Diploma (ProfDip) and Advanced Diploma (Performance) courses need to submit written requirements, please view these on the entry requirements page of the website. There are no written academic requirements for the MA or PGCert.
All Master of Music candidates are automatically considered for Master of Arts, so if you are also interested in MA study you should only apply for MMus because there will only be one audition.
You are not tied to the course choice in your application, the length and pathway can be discussed and adjusted as appropriate.
Established guitar duos are also invited to audition at postgraduate level, performing a programme of three contrasted duo pieces; each member of the duo will also be required to present one solo piece. Each candidate should make their own UCAS Conservatoires application (for the same course code as the other duo member), and then each should email email@example.com including their UCAS Conservatoires personal ID numbers to confirm that they wish to audition as a duo.
We assess everyone who applies on time and pays their application and assessment fee.
Information on the assessment fee and waivers can be found in the Your Application page of our website, please click on the link below.