UCAS Conservatoires is the organisation which processes conservatoire applications in the UK. Filling in a UCAS Conservatoires application can seem complicated at first, so we’ve come up with a set of guidelines to help you find your way. If you have any questions about the application process, you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 1: Registering with UCAS Conservatoires
1. Please use Chrome or Firefox browser. Some of the sections on UCAS Conservatoires online application may not work with Explorer. Go to the UCAS Conservatoires website at ucas.com/conservatoires and find the section called ‘How to apply’.
2. You can only apply once in an academic year, but you can choose several conservatoires and several programmes. Register in the UCAS Hub and complete the registration questions – confirming the year you want to start your studies and that you’re interested in ‘conservatoires’.
You’ll then be taken to your UCAS Hub dashboard where you’ll see a tile called ‘Your application’. Simply click ‘Start’ to begin your application.
3. Enter your details and postal address. If you do not have a UK address, please include the name of your city, province and postal code. Then go to the next page.
4. Choose a password and make a note of it as you will need it when you log in to UCAS Conservatoires in the future to carry on with your application or see any changes, such as your audition date or the results of your audition.
5. UCAS Conservatoires will give you a username. Make a note of it as you will need it to log in again. You will also receive an email from UCAS Conservatoires with a verification code.
6. Return to the UCAS Conservatoires login page and click ‘Sign in to continue or track your application’. Select ‘Conservatoires’ and click on ‘Apply’. Enter your username and password.
7. The Welcome screen gives you a UCAS ID number. This number will also appear on the email you receive from UCAS once you have submitted your application.
8. Scroll down and click on ‘Verify my email’. Enter the verification code you received by email and click on ‘Verify email’.
9. Click on the tab ‘My Application’ on the top red band. You are now ready to start your application.
Part 2: Filling in your UCAS form
Your UCAS form has various sections to fill in. You don’t have to complete them all in one go – you can save your progress for each section and come back to it later. To return to the list of sections, click on the ‘My Application’ tab on the top red band. Read on for some more information about what each section involves.
1. Personal details: You will have already entered some personal details when you registered. In this section of the form, you can add further details or tick ‘Section completed’ and ‘Save’, if you have nothing else to add. Click on ‘My Application’ tab on the top red band to return to the list of sections.
2. Further details: For this section, it’s only compulsory to answer questions marked with *. Once you have finished entering information, click on the my ‘My Application’ tab on the top red band to return to the list of sections.
3. Education: Enter details of schools, colleges and universities you have most recently attended or are still attending. Click on ‘Add a school/college’. Then click ‘Find’, next to the school name box and type the name of your school in the search box. If you can’t find your school or institution, scroll down to the bottom and select ‘My school / college is not listed’, then enter the name of your school. You do not need to enter an exam centre number. Once you have finished entering information, click on the my ‘My Application’ tab on the top red band to return to the list of sections.
4. Qualifications: Select ‘Honours degree level or above’ if you have already obtained a Bachelor’s degree. Otherwise, select ‘below honours degree level’ if you have obtained a High School Diploma, Baccalaureate or equivalent. You can then add your qualifications by typing the name of each qualification in the box. If the name of your qualification does not appear on the list, type ‘other’ and select an option from the list (e.g. International EU qualifications). Enter the name of your qualification in the ‘Subject/type’ box. If you cannot enter a centre name or exam, just add a dash (‐) in the box. Type the grade of your qualification or put ‘pending’ if you have not yet finished your course. Then return to the list of sections by clicking on ‘My Application’.
5. Choices: You can select up to 6 courses. We recommend that you find out as much as possible about the programme(s) that you wish to apply for beforehand. Click on ‘Add a choice’ and select the conservatoire you wish to apply for as a first choice. You can select several conservatoires if you wish to audition for more than one of them. If you are applying for a dance programme, select ‘Main specialism’ under ‘study type’. If you are applying for music, please select your specialism and instrument. If you are applying for Musical Theatre, please select ‘Voice’.
Select the location where you want to audition. If you would like to audition in London, please select ‘Institution’. If you are unable to attend in person, select ‘Recording’. Choose your ‘Point of entry’. This will normally be 1 (first year). If you think you may qualify for direct entry onto the second year of one of our programmes (e.g. BACD, BMus), please contact email@example.com to check whether this will be possible with your qualifications.
6. References: Enter the contact details for your academic and practical referees. If you have received your reference, you can copy and paste it into the box provided. If you haven’t received it, you can download the template and send it to your referee. Referees should send their references to firstname.lastname@example.org
7. For more information on references you can click on ‘help’ (top left corner) or read the advice on UCAS Conservatoires. Save the completed section and go to the next section.
8. Personal statement: This is your opportunity to tell us why you would make a great student and why you think you would benefit from coming to Trinity Laban. Writing a personal statement can take some time, and you should think about it carefully. The UCAS Conservatoires website has lots of helpful tips for writing a personal statement for undergraduates and for postgraduates.
9. View all: Check the information you have entered on your application to make sure that it’s all correct. If you need to change any of the information you have entered, return to the relevant section by clicking on ‘My Application’ on the tab at the top. Tick the box ‘I have checked my application’ and save.
10. Pay and send: You can pay the audition/assessment fee and UCAS administrative fee by credit card or bank transfer. Enter your details and click ‘Confirm’.
11. You should receive an email confirming that your application has been submitted successfully. You can return to your application through ‘Apply’ or ‘Track’ but you will not be able to make any further changes to it. Make sure you keep your username, password and UCAS Conservatoires ID number in a safe place so that you can refer back to them when needed.