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Free Auditions

We have expanded our free audition scheme to enable more applicants to audition with us for a place on our BA (Hons) Acting programme.

Building on the free auditions already offered to prospective students each year through our outreach work, we now offer more free auditions to those facing the greatest barriers to conservatoire training. Last year, we awarded over 1,200 free audition vouchers which enabled more applicants to attend auditions and access specialist drama training.

We use government data on deprivation, which indicate areas where there are significant barriers to social mobility. Rather than focusing on hardship alone, we employ a range of indices of deprivation to attempt to benefit a wider range of prospective students.

You can check whether you would qualify for a free audition by entering your home postcode. If your home postcode is listed as a number 1 or 2 in any of the following three columns, you will be eligible for an audition fee waiver:

  • Income (column H);
  • Education and Skills (column N);
  • IDACI: Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (column X).

What to do now

In order to be considered for the BA (Hons) Acting programme at Central you will need to submit a formal application following the general guidance for undergraduate applicants. We are only able to offer free auditions to candidates who apply before the 15 January UCAS application deadline. If you are eligible for a free audition, the process will be explained in the email you receive inviting you to audition.

Applicants who have previously been awarded a free audition through Central’s outreach work will still be eligible to a free audition, and our outreach work will continue alongside this scheme as we widen access to our courses.