Most courses at Central prepare students both for a higher education qualification and for professional practice. Knowledge and analysis are integrated with practical skills training, so that graduates’ future practice will be informed by insight and reflection.
Central’s policies and procedures for admission aim to identify applicants who can benefit from this combination of intellectual engagement and professional training. The aim is to ensure a good match between your ability and the demands of the course, so that those who begin a programme can reasonably expect to succeed, and to achieve a qualification.
Central is committed to offering opportunities to applicants from varied educational backgrounds who can demonstrate that they have the capacity to study in this way, to benefit and to succeed. The selection process considers not only educational qualifications, but also evidence of aptitude and motivation. Central values learning from prior experience and particularly welcomes mature students who return to formal study.
Central’s equal opportunities policy applies to the admission process and the same criteria for selection for each course applies to all applicants.
All applications must be made online via the UK’s nationwide Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). We are not able to receive or consider applications made directly to the School. The UCAS code for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is C35 and individual course codes are listed on the course pages. Please ensure that your use the correct coding for your chosen course. Applicants for the BA (Hons) Acting courses (Acting, Acting [CDT] and Acting [Musical Theatre]) will automatically be considered for all three courses from one application, so do not use separate UCAS choices for each of the Acting courses as you will still only get one audition. You do not need a campus code for applications to Central.
UCAS will start receiving applications from September each year for courses starting in October the following year. Central strongly advises you to submit your application as early as possible, and certainly before the 15th January UCAS deadline. You must apply by this date to be guaranteed consideration for an audition/interview. Applications received by UCAS after this date are classed as late. We will try to give careful consideration to applications received after this date, but this may not always be possible, particularly for very popular courses.
The following programmes are still accepting applications for 2017 entry:
BA (Hons) Theatre Practice, including these pathways:
If you apply for these programmes, you are likely to be offered an interview (although UCAS will mark your application as ‘late’).
When we receive your application, the relevant Admissions Tutor at Central will look carefully at the information you have given in your personal statement, your academic records and references and will then decide whether to take your application further.
Entry to Central is competitive and we are not able to offer an audition/interview, or a place, to everyone who applies. As our initial selection decision is based on the information contained in the application form, it is important to complete the form with great care. We reserve the right to withdraw any offer if the information on the form is incomplete or inaccurate.
Before deciding whether to make you an offer, we may invite you for an audition/interview. These are held from November onwards for courses starting the following September/October.
If you are selected for an audition/interview your invitation will be sent to the email address you entered on your application form. This will include a link to a booking website through which you can choose the most suitable date from a list of available options. It will also detail exactly what you will need to prepare for the audition/interview. Please check your junk/spam folders as sometimes invitation emails can be automatically routed there. As part of the audition/interview process, all applicants will receive a tour of the school.
If Central invites you for an audition/interview you will receive instructions on how to pay this fee in the invitation email.
BA (Hons) Acting courses - Acting Acting (CDT) and Acting (Musical Theatre)
There is an audition/interview fee of £55. As a part of its Access Agreement, Central makes audition fee waivers available to eligible applicants facing the greatest barriers to conservatoire training, and to prospective students with whom it engages as a part of its outreach work. Find out more about the criteria for qualifying for an audition fee waiver.
Find out more about what is included in the BA (Hons) Acting audition process.
BA (Hons) Theatre Practice courses - Costume Construction, Design for the Stage, Performance Arts, Production Lighting, Prop Making, Puppetry, Design and Performance, Scenic Art, Scenic Construction, Stage Management, Technical and Production Management, Theatre Lighting Design, and Theatre Sound
There is no interview fee.
Find out more about the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice interview process.
BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education courses - Drama, Applied Theatre and Education and the Writing for Performance pathway
There is no interview fee.
Find out more about the BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education interview process.
Each year Central hosts a number of auditions and interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international auditions/interviews are designed to replicate the London-based audition/interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!).
View a list of upcoming locations and dates in our Performances and Events listings.
If you live abroad and are unable to attend an audition/interview in person, you may, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, be offered the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.
If you are selected for audition/interview in this manner you will be subject to the conditions detailed above and notified as follows:
As soon as a final decision has been made on your application, we will notify UCAS who will, in turn, inform you. If you wish to check whether a decision has been made, you may track your application using the UCAS applicant enquiries service. Successful candidates will also receive in the post a comprehensive offer pack from Central, which will include lots of important information about what happens next.
Central will only log final decisions on your UCAS record. We are not able to log audition/interview invitations through UCAS. All information about auditions/interviews will be sent to candidates directly, via email.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process that can, exceptionally, allow a student to join a course at an advanced stage and be given ‘credit’ for the section(s) of the course s/he has missed. The student will be deemed to have passed in the missing elements and, if necessary, a mark will be allocated to represent the mark that it is judged that the student might have achieved had s/he taken the assessments. The first stage in making an application for APL is by making a formal application for the course (i.e. through UCAS or through direct postgraduate application).
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to pass an approved English Language Test to prove that their English language skills are at the sufficient level for degree study.
We hope that your experience of the application and audition/interview processes at Central are positive, even if you are not ultimately successful in gaining a place at the School. Should your experiences be less than satisfactory and you wish to make a complaint, this can be done by following the Admissions Complaints Procedure, outlined in the following document.
Admissions Complaints Procedure (PDF, 68KB)
Admissions Complaints Form (PDF, 44KB)