How to Apply

To apply for entry to the BA (Hons) Acting programme in September 2020, you will need to use UCAS Conservatoires at    Applications close on 15 January 2020.

Please note that UCAS Conservatoires is a different application system to UCAS Undergraduate.  

Applying Through UCAS Conservatoires

Although UCAS Conservatoires (previously CUKAS) offers many advantages, it was originally designed to handle applications for music programmes at UK conservatoires and is in the process of being adapted to meet the needs of drama applicants. We are working with UCAS Conservatoires and other drama schools to ensure this happens as quickly as possible but, in the meantime, you may find the following notes helpful.

  • The UCAS Conservatoires Institution Code for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is R59 and the Course Code for BA (Hons) Acting programme is 200F.
  • When applying, you will be required to 'select an instrument', please select drama performance for the BA (Hons) Acting programme.
  • In your application, you will be asked for details of your 'practical/music referee'. This should be a reference written by your drama teacher / lecturer, Head of Department, or any other appropriate person who can comment on your acting performance abilities.

The UCAS Conservatoires website will allow you to track the progress of your applications using a unique username and password. You will see details of audition dates and times as well as any decisions as they are posted.

You will find guidance on using this service at or you can contact the UCAS Conservatoires Customer Service Unit on +44 (0) 871 468 0 470 (Monday to Friday, 08:30 and 18:00hrs).

Additional Guidance on How to Apply

Registration and Audition Fees

There is a one-off registration fee of £25 to register (for entry 2020) to use the service. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama also charges an audition administration fee of £47 to cover the cost involved in arranging and delivering auditions. Both fees are payable through UCAS Conservatoires.

The College is committed to providing access to training for the most talented students regardless of background or financial means. The College’s fee waiver policy is designed to support applicants for whom their financial circumstances may be a barrier to auditioning.

Personal Statements

We recommend that you pay particular attention to the information you provide in your personal statement on your application form in order to give us as full a picture as possible of your relevant experience and reasons for applying.

Application Dates

You can apply through UCAS Conservatoires from 18 July 2019. The deadline for applications to the BA (Hons) Acting programme is 15 January 2020. (Please note the deadline for applying for a music course at RWCMD is earlier).

Deferred Entry

We are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to the BA (Hons) Acting programme.

Applying from Outside the UK

Additional information for international applicants is on the international student pages of the website.

There is also a UCAS Conservatoire Guide for applicants from outside of the UK.