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 ( 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). No recordings are required for in-person candidates.
  • 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 upload
    - your audition performances (all items specified below)
    - the list of all the works in your programme
    - any written requirements (see below) and
    - your spoken English introduction.
    The recordings do not all have to be in a single 'take', but they should be from the same recording session with no editing.

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.

Vocal Studies audition requirements

Undergraduate requirements

For the Bachelor degree or Gap Year course, you should offer three items in contrasting styles and moods, one of which must demonstrate vocal agility.
One item should include a recitative if possible.
One item must be sung in a language foreign to you.

For an in-person audition you will choose the first item to sing and we will select any further items we wish to hear.

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.

Postgraduate requirements

For your Postgraduate Vocal Studies audition you should offer:

  • an operatic aria
  • an oratorio aria
  • two art songs

One item must be sung in English or English translation.

For an in-person audition you will choose the first item to sing and we will select any further items we wish to hear.

You may be asked to have a subsequent interview with one of the postgraduate programme tutors (online or in person) where you can discuss your study plans.

Written requirements

Applicants for the Master of Music (MMus) course need to submit written requirements, please view these on the entry requirements page of the website. There are no academic written requirements for 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.

Application Fee

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.

Your Application web page

Your Audition web page

Songs Of Bilitis

18 June 2024