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New Student Registration

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the School for your face-to-face registration session. The topics below explain what you need to put in place before joining us and give you important details of the registration process, as well as other activities for new students.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the School for your face-to-face registration session. The sections below explain what you need to put in place before joining us and give you important details of the registration process, as well as other activities for new students. Expand each one to see the content we have provided and will update throughout the summer before your course begins.
It is important that you attend your registration session so that you can begin your studies on time. Failure to do so could result in you losing your place at the School.

Undergraduate programme welcome letters

Download your programme welcome letter from your Undergraduate Programme Leader. These letters contain important information about the start of the year like reading lists, equipment you might need, a provisional timetable or planned activities.

If your Programme does not yet have a letter to download, that is because it is still being finalised. Please check back later to see if it has been published.

Download BA (Hons) Acting - Acting Welcome Letter 2018/19 plus timetable (536.98 KB)

Download BA (Hons) Acting CDT Welcome Letter 2018/2019 (225.94 KB)

Download BA (Hons) Acting Musical Theatre Welcome Letter 2018/19 (151.41 KB)

Download BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education Year 1 Welcome Letter 2018/19 plus timetable (433.58 KB)

Download BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education Year 2 Welcome Letter 2018/19 (285.42 KB)

Download BA (Hons) Theatre Practice Welcome Letter 2018-19 (258.17 KB)

Download BATP Design for Stage Welcome Letter 2018/19 (304.42 KB)

Download BATP Production Lighting and Lighting Design Welcome Letter 2018/19 (189.19 KB)

Download BATP Puppetry Welcome Letter 2018/19 (164.7 KB)

Download BATP Scenic Construction Welcome Letter 2018/19 (95.48 KB)

Download BATP Technical and Production Management Welcome Letter 2018/19 (187.31 KB)

Download BATP Theatre Sound Welcome Letter 2018/19 (116.6 KB)

Download BATP Costume Construction Welcome Letter 2018/19 (90.68 KB)

Download BATP Performance Arts Welcome Letter 2018/19 (158.92 KB)

Download BATP Prop Making Welcome Letter 2018/19 (113.93 KB)

Download BATP Scenic Art Welcome Letter 2018/19 (153.9 KB)

Download BATP Stage Management Welcome Letter 2018/19 (187.83 KB)

Postgraduate programme welcome letters

Download your programme welcome letter from your Postgraduate Programme leader. These letters contain important information about the start of the year like reading lists, equipment you might need, a provisional timetable or planned activities.

If your Programme does not yet have a letter to download, that is because it is still being finalised. Please check back later to see if it has been published.

Download MA Acting (Classical) Welcome Letter 2018-19 (164.63 KB)

ACCL

Download MA Acting (Contemporary) Welcome Letter 2018-19 (367.45 KB)

ACCO

Download MA Acting for Screen Welcome Letter 2018/19 (103.1 KB)

AS

Download MA/MFA Actor Training and Coaching Welcome Letter 2018/19 (132.95 KB)

ATC

Download MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice Welcome Letter 2018/19 (117.16 KB)

TP

Download MA Applied Theatre Welcome Letter 2018/19 (210.62 KB)

AT

Download MA Creative Producing Welcome Letter 2018/19 (216.44 KB)

CP

Download MA Drama and Movement Therapy Welcome Letter 2018/19 (248.32 KB)

DMT

Download MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching Welcome Letter 2018/19 (88.97 KB)

M

Download MA Music Theatre Welcome Letter 2018-19 (316.2 KB)

MT

Download MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research Welcome Letter 2018/19 (186.18 KB)

PPR

Download PhD Welcome Letter 2018/19 (119.71 KB)

PHD

Download MA Scenography Welcome Letter 2018/19 (31.01 KB)

S

Download MFA Scenography Welcome Letter 2018/19 (31.1 KB)

FS

Download MA/MFA Voice Studies Welcome Letter 2018/19 (97.89 KB)

VS

Download MA/MFA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media Welcome letter 2018/19 (106.4 KB)

WS

Your registration session

Registration sessions will take place on the following dates (MFA/MA, full-time and part-time courses of each programme enrol together). Please find the date and time that you should attend for your programme. This is the only allocated session specifically for your programme, if you cannot attend or arrive for the incorrect session, a later session will be allocated. Please email aro@cssd.ac.uk if you are not able to attend the session detailed below - we hold alternative sessions on 28th September and 1st October so can allocate you a new time.

Please arrive approximately 5 minutes before your registration time and congregate in the atrium where you will be met by a representative of the Students' Union. They will lead you through to the Registration space where you will be met by your programme leader and begin the registration process. This process takes all of the allotted time and you are required to be present throughout. Therefore, we recommend you bring with you refreshments or buy them from the School café beforehand.

Date

Session

Programme(S)

Monday 3rd September

AM

(0900-1200)

MA Acting

MA Music Theatre

Monday 24th September

PM

Surnames A-L  (1230-1520)

Surnames M-Z (1420-1700)

BA Drama Applied Theatre and Education

Tuesday 25th September

 

AM

Surnames A-L and DePaul visiting students (0900-1200)

Surnames M-Z (1100-1400)

BA Theatre Practice

PM

(1400-1700)

BA Acting

Wednesday 26th September

 

AM

(0900-1300)

MA Acting for Screen
MFA/MA Creative Producing
MA Drama and Movement Therapy

PM

(1300-1700)

MA Applied Theatre
MA Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy
Research Degrees

Thursday 27th September

 

AM

(0900-1300)

MFA/MA Advanced Theatre Practice
MFA/MA Performance Practice as Research
MFA/MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media

PM

(1300-1700)

MFA/MA Actor Training and Coaching
MFA/MA Movement: Directing and Teaching
MFA/MA Scenography
MFA/MA Voice Studies

 

The registration process

We want you to enjoy the other events scheduled for the start of the academic year, so your registration session is a single block to ensure that you see all of the right people in one visit. This will be the first day that all of the new students on your programme are together so it's a great time to meet your classmates.

The steps below should give you an idea of how your time will be spent. The order is liable to change as multiple groups move around the campus, but you will do them all by the end of your session.

Be sure to find out how to enrol online now, in advance of your registration session so we have all the information we need ready for your arrival.

  1. Welcome from your Programme team
  2. Tuition fee payment confirmation
  3. Identification and qualification checks
  4. Registration and enrolment confirmation
  5. Disclosure & Barring Service and student visa checks (where applicable)
  6. ID card issued
  7. Tour of the campus
  8. IT services introduction
  9. Library services introduction
  10. Students' Union welcome

Further information about some of these steps is detailed in topics below.

Find out how to enrol online now

Tuition fee payment

Your tuition fees for this academic year must be paid by the deadline outlined in the documentation supplied with your offer letter. Those students paying their fees through Student Finance England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, with sponsorship, scholarship or other loans, have alternate arrangements detailed below.

Personal payment

Details of payment methods are detailed in the documentation supplied with your offer letter and in the Tuition Fees Information 2018/19 document. If you have paid a deposit, this is to be deducted from the full tuition fee amount due. If you require confirmation of receipt please email credit.controller@cssd.ac.uk.

Student Finance England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

If you have applied for Student Finance to pay your tuition fees, the School will be notified once your assessment is completed and will not expect to receive a fee payment directly from you. 

Sponsorship, Scholarship or Loans

If you have obtained sponsorship, scholarship or a loan from an organisation and have not yet submitted proof of this, please send a copy of this information immediately to the Finance Officer, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY.

If you need to pay in instalments to match the payments of a loan you are receiving, please download the instalment form, complete it and return to credit.controller@cssd.ac.uk.

Tuition Fees Table 2018/19

Tuition Fees Information 2018/19

Tuition Fee Instalments form (self-funding) 2018/19

Tuition Fee Instalments form (UK Postgraduate Loans) 2018/19

Proof of qualifications

When you attend your registration session, we will check your highest and most recent academic qualifications that you declared in your application and enrolment. The School checks that your academic qualifications are verified and compare correctly to your tuition fee status, even if your offer was unconditional. Please refer to your initial offer letter to check that you have fulfilled all the conditions of your offer. If you are in any doubt, bring as much as you have.

Undergraduate students - for BA programmes

New students who have applied through UCAS and have had their UK 2018 exam results checked will not need to provide proof at their registration session. We will receive this from UCAS directly.

Check the UCAS website to see if you exam results will be sent to us. UCAS: automatically-notified exam results

Students with results for exams taken in in 2017 or earlier, or outside of the UK should provide proof at their registration of their highest and most recent academic qualifications.

What can I provide as proof of my qualification at Registration?

The proof that you provide should detail the type/level of the qualification, examining/awarding body, subject, grade/result and date of study/award.

For all qualifications like GCE A Levels, GCSEs, SQA Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Welsh Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate and other non-UK qualifications, please bring one of the following:

  • Certificate or diploma
  • Transcript or Statement of results
  • Letters from your school, college or university

We do not accept:

  • Printouts from your school, college or university website
  • Photocopies of documents without an institutional stamp and signature of an official at your school, college or university
  • Low-resolution/quality scans, photographs or images that raise doubt in the provenance of the document
  • Documents that do not include your name or that include a different name to that on your identification without proof of the name change
  • Documents that do not contain enough information to determine the qualification

Please ensure that you have obtained proof of your qualifications in advance of your registration session. Contact your college or university directly and if necessary for digital proof to be provided by email, this should go directly to aro@cssd.ac.uk quoting your 6-digit student ID number. We aim to have as many qualifications checked in advance of registration sessions to minimise waiting times.

Postgraduate students - for MA, MFA, PGCert and PhD programmes

In your invitation to enrol email, we ask you to upload a scan of your qualification if we were able to determine which was the highest and most recent that you have.

Please bring proof of your qualification with you to your registration session if:

  • You did not upload the required scan (maybe you couldn't scan the document or didn't have an English translation)
  • You uploaded proof of a different qualification

We will contact you confirming that you should bring proof of your qualification with you if:

  • We could not determine a highest academic qualification from the information provided in your application
  • We cannot read the document you uploaded
  • We have reason to believe that the scan you provided does not constitute adequate proof of award (insufficient, inconsistent or potential fraudulent information)

What can I provide as proof of my qualification?

The proof that you provide should detail the type/level of the qualification, examining/awarding body, subject, grade/result and date of study/award.

  • Certificate or diploma
  • Transcript or Statement of results
  • Letters from your school, college or university

We do not accept:

  • Print outs from your school, college or university website
  • Photocopies of documents without an institutional stamp and signature of an official at your school, college or university
  • Low-resolution scans/quality, photographs or images that raise doubt in the provenance of the document
  • Documents that do not include your name or that include a different name to that on your identification without proof of the name change
  • Documents that do not contain enough information to determine the qualification

Please ensure that you have obtained proof of your qualifications in advance of your registration session. Contact your college or university directly and if necessary for digital proof to be provided by email, this should go directly to aro@cssd.ac.uk quoting your 6-digit student ID number. We aim to have as many qualifications checked in advance of registration sessions to minimise waiting times.

Foreign language qualifications for all programmes

Certified English translations of foreign language qualification certificate or transcripts are required. The School does not take responsibility for translating the documentation that you submit. To obtain a translation, you should contact a local translation agency, the Institute of Translation & Interpreting or your Embassy for assistance. Your translation must include the following:

  • Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • The date
  • Translator's signature 

 

Proof of identification

When you attend your registration session, you must bring with you proof of your identity. This is so the School can check your official name for your student record, verify that you are who you say you are and check your date of birth. This stage also means that we can confirm your attendance on your programme to applicable agencies like the Student Loans Company, US Dept. of Education or Higher Education Statistics Agency.

What can I provide as proof of my identity?

Whilst you may have provided a copy of your passport during the application process, you will need to provide the original document in person at your registration session. We require in most circumstances a passport as proof of identity, but will also accept the following documents:

  • National identity cards
  • Birth certificate
  • Adoption certificate
  • Driving licence

If you have a different legal name to that shown on the identification you provide, you will also need to prove this with a deed poll or marriage certificate.

Please do not send original documents to us in the post. The School does not accept liability for any such documents received.

Dual nationality should be proven by the presentation of both passports.

Preferred names, nicknames, Anglicised names, union/membership names and stage names

For registration purposes, the School does not record as your official name as that evidenced on your proof of identity. It is possible to record previous names and a familiar name where applicable, but these are not used for student email address creation. Therefore, we ask that when enrolling online, you only provide the name that is shown on your proof of identification to avoid any delays at your registration session. Information about name changes for any reason before and during study is available upon request to aro@cssd.ac.uk.

Please refer to MyCentral once you have registered for information on changing your name and how your union or professional body membership name can be used for your student email address.

Student Visa (international students only)

If you are an international student and have travelled to the UK on a Tier 4 Student Visa it will be necessary to take a copy of your passport and visa/Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) at your registration session.

Please bring these and all related documents with you. If you do not have your BRP by the time of your registration session you should still attend so that you can be given guidance on what to do once you do collect the BRP card.

Disclosure & Barring Service checks (DBS - selected courses only)

New students joining the following courses will be required to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service form at their registration session. Please refer to the policy and guidance document for more information.

  • BA (Hons) Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre)
  • BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education
  • MA Applied Theatre
  • MA Drama and Movement Therapy

Other students may require a DBS check as a part of their programme later on in the year.

In addition to applying for a UK DBS Enhanced Disclosure during Registration students on the courses listed above who have been out of the United Kingdom for more than three consecutive months in the previous five years or have never lived in the UK prior to Registration will be required to obtain a police report or criminal record check (in some countries this is called a Certificate of Good Conduct) from the country in which they have lived since the age of 13. If the report is not in English then it must be accompanied by an official translation into English.

Many countries have provided the DBS with details of how to apply for certificates of good conduct and/or criminal records checks, and these can be found on the DBS webpages here. However, we advise applicants to confirm with the relevant embassy the process which applies to the country they have been resident in well in advance of Registration as Certificates can take up to six weeks to process.

Please remember – the submission of these International Police Reports must be made at the point of Registration.

Download Disclosure and Barring Service Policy and Guidance 2018/19 (273.41 KB)

English language proficiency

If your offer is conditional upon English language proficiency and you have not yet submitted proof of reaching the prescribed standards, refer to your offer letter and send your results to the Admissions and Student Recruitment Office.

Your term time address

When you enrol online, you will be prompted to tell us where you will be living whilst you are studying with us. Make sure you have the correct address and postcode. You might not yet know where this will be, so you can use your permanent address and update your address at your registration session.

If you need assistance or further information from the School in arranging your accommodation, visit the Student Advice Service.

English and Welsh students can register to vote in UK elections.

Student Status, ID Number and ID card

Once you have completed your online enrolment, met all conditions of your offer and all conditions of your registration, you will be granted student status.

Student Status

Student status grants you access to School facilities such as your student IT account, digital services through MyCentral like email and Brightspace virtual learning environment, library and campus access. Once granted, the School is able to confirm your status to external organisations such as:

  • TfL for a 18+ student Oyster photocard.
  • Student Finance for a maintenance loan or grant

Upon request, a student status letter can be issued from the Student Advice Service. With this you are able to confirm attendance on your programme to other organisations like a gym or bank to access their student privileges. It is also useful if you are a full-time student and exempt from paying council tax. If you are required to pay your council tax in advance of your registration session, you can use your offer letter/email as evidence but note that you do not begin studying as a student until the first day of term, so could be liable for council tax before that date.

If you fail to meet all of the conditions applicable at your registration session, temporary student status will be issued. You will not be able to request a student status letter whilst on this status and School facilities will only be available for a set period.

Student ID Number

Your student ID number is confirmed by email once you enrol online. This number is unique to you and remains the same throughout your studies with the School. The number will take the form of 6 digits, unless you are returning from previous study with the School when a digit is replace by a single character, used to denote department.

You will use this number to access your student IT account and should quote it whenever you contact student services so that staff can identify you.

Student ID Card

A student ID card will be issued at your registration session. This card will be printed using the photograph you submit when you enrol online. No replacement photographs will be accepted at your registration session. The card displays your name, course, student ID number and programme.

Your student ID card should be worn at all times when on campus - it identifies you as being permitted on campus as well as enabling access to authorised spaces.

Important health information

Young adults urged to check they’ve had MMR vaccine before summer travel

Young people are encouraged to make sure they have had both doses of the MMR vaccine before going on holiday to Europe where there are large outbreaks of measles.

Cases of measles also continue to rise across England in unvaccinated people of this age.

The vaccine is available free to anyone who has not received both doses as a child. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella – all of which can be very serious diseases and are highly infectious.

While vaccine uptake levels in the UK in young children are currently very high, coverage levels dipped to a low of 80% in 2003. This means that there are significant numbers of unprotected teenagers and young adults who could catch measles both in England, particularly in environments of close mixing such as summer festivals and when they travel abroad for the summer holidays.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and can be fatal in very rare cases so getting protected by taking up the offer of vaccination is crucial.

Between 1 January 2018 and 31 May 2018 there have been 587 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England. Cases were reported in most areas with London (213), the South East (128), West Midlands (81), South West (62), and Yorkshire and Humberside (53) reporting the most cases (based on provisional figures).

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that to prevent outbreaks of disease, 95% of people need to have received the MMR vaccine.

Transition to higher education: guide for students

Student Minds has published a guide for new students going to university, which provides advice and information about a range of topics, including making decisions, becoming independent, paying bills, study skills, flatmate issues and identity questions. Advice about how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed is embedded throughout the guide. Find out more: Know Before You Go.

 

Communication between the School and your parents

The School has a guide which you may wish to download or share with your parents.

Download A Guide to Parent Communication (141.19 KB)

Events for new students

There are a host of events scheduled for the start of the academic year.

International Students' Welcome

Friday 28th September 2018 10.00 - 11.00 in the Embassy Theatre

Welcome event for all new international students in the Embassy Theatre (attendance is compulsory for all non-UK students)

Freshers' Fayre

Your Freshers Fortnight will be hosted by the Students' Union with Freshers’ Fayre on 

More information will become available throughout the next few months, so keep an eye on their website and Facebook page.

'How to Central'

All new Undergraduate students - Thursday 27th September 14.00-15.30 in the Embassy Theatre

All new Postgraduate students starting on 1st October 2018 - Thursday 4th October 09.00-10.00 in the Embassy Theatre

An introduction to Central’s support services and frameworks. This will be the only opportunity for a holistic induction to the School and its services for new students, so do make sure you attend.

Undergraduate Students' Welcome

Monday 1st October 2018 - 13.00 - 14.00 in the Embassy Theatre

Welcome event for all new undergraduate students on BA courses in the Embassy Theatre

Postgraduate Students' Welcome

Monday 3rd September 2018 - TBC

Welcome event for MA Acting and MA Music Theatre students only

Monday 1st October 2018 - 14.00 in the Embassy Theatre

Welcome event for all new postgraduate students

Thursday 4th October 2018 - 10.30 - 13.00 various rooms - TBC

Induction workshops for all new postgraduate students

Students' Union

The Students' Union can be a big part of your student experience and I work full time heading up the Union as President alongside a team of dedicated, volunteer officers who are all elected Central students. Every student at Central is automatically a member of our union and therefore everything we do is for you, the students.

Together we work hard to provide you with:

  • Support and advice on student issues
  • Extra curricular activities, sports and societies
  • Charitable and political campaigns
  • Diverse, inclusive and accessible events and entertainments

This will highlight just some of the many ways of getting involved with the SU.

More information will become available through the lead up to the start of the new academic year, so keep an eye on their website and Facebook page.

Download Students' Union Freshers Letter (1.39 MB)

Download Welcome to Central from the SU (28.55 MB)