Undergraduate Applications

Applications for undergraduate courses must be made online via UCAS. We are not able to receive or consider applications made directly to the School.

Free auditions available – see ‘Audition/Interview Fees and Free Auditions’ on this page for more details.

Following the Government's recent announcements that this year's summer exams, including A levels and other qualifications, have been cancelled, the exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to affected students.  This means ensuring students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in.  Everything is being done to support students and ensure they can progress to higher education in 2020.  Please be reassured that at Central we audition and interview all applicants so predicted grades only play a small part in our decision making.  Further details can be found here.

How to Apply for Undergraduate Courses

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.

When to Apply for Undergraduate Courses

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.

What Happens Next to Applications to Undergraduate Courses

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.

Audition/ Interview Fees and Free Auditions

  • Applicants based in England may be eligible for a free audition
  • Audition fee is £55 
  • There is no interview fee

BA (Hons) Acting courses - ActingActing (CDT) and Acting (Musical Theatre)
An audition at Central costs £55, however many applicants based in England may be eligible for a free audition. In addition to students engaged through Central’s Outreach work as part of its Access and Participation Plan, the school also provides free auditions to applicants based in England who may face barriers in accessing conservatoire training. Last year, we awarded over 1,200 free audition vouchers which enabled more applicants to attend auditions and access specialist drama training.
Find out if you qualify for a free audition.
Learn more about what is included in the BA (Hons) Acting audition process

BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice courses - Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, Performance Arts and Writing for Performance.
There is no interview fee.
Find out more about the BA (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice interview process.

BA (Hons) Theatre Practice courses - Costume Construction, Design for the Stage, Production Lighting, Prop Making, 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.

International Auditions/Interviews

Each year Central hosts a number of auditions and interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central travelling 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.

Distance Auditions/Interviews

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:

  • you will be contacted (normally by email) in order to arrange a suitable time for an audition/interview. This will be conducted either by telephone or by ‘live’ email exchange, at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, and will often be based on material that you will have been asked to submit in advance;
  • the audition/interview will be conducted by an Admissions Tutor, in liaison with a colleague who will have sight of your submitted materials.

Receiving Decisions for Undergraduate Courses

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

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). See Student Transfer Procedures for more information.

English Language Requirements

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.

Admission Policy

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.

Complaints and Appeals

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 (Word document will download when clicking)