How to Apply

For entry to the postgraduate conducting programme, you will need to apply via UCAS Conservatoires at

The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from the main UCAS Postgraduate application system. If you wish to apply to conservatoires and universities within UCAS, you will need to register for both services.

There is a one-off fee of £25 to register to use UCAS Conservatoires and £25 to register for UCAS Undergraduate (for entry in 2020).

If you wish to begin a new UCAS Conservatoires application, you will need to register here, or read UCAS Conservatoires’ Five Step Application Guide.

If you have already registered with UCAS Conservatoires, you can continue or track your application here.

The UCAS Conservatoires Institution Code for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is R59.

Course Codes
1 yr
2 yrs
1 yr
2 yrs
Orchestral Conducting 617F 618F 815F 816F
Brass Band Conducting 611F 612F 809F 810F
Choral Conducting 613F 614F 811F 812F

Application Dates

The closing date for on-time applications is 1 October 2019.

We will continue to accept applications after 1 October 2019 although these applications will be treated as late applications. Please contact our Admissions Team before submitting a late application to check whether we still have vacancies. 

If you need assistance with your application, you can contact the UCAS Conservatoires Team by telephone (Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 18:00). Phone 0371 468 0 470 from within the UK or +44 330 3330 232 if you are calling from overseas.

You may also find the following links useful:

Audition Fees

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama charges an audition administration fee of £63 (one instrument) and £84 (two instruments). The audition fee for late applications, received after 1 October 2019, is £68.

The College is committed to providing access to training for the most talented students regardless of background or financial means. The College’s fee waiver policy is designed to support applicants for whom their financial circumstances may be a barrier to auditioning.

Audition Dates

Auditions for conducting programmes usually take place outside the main October and November audition period.

Audition Guidance

Audition Guidance for entry 2020.



Please note that only applicants who apply by the deadline of 1 October 2019 and audition in the autumn will be considered for a scholarship. Applicants auditioning via recording must submit their recorded audition by 1 November 2019 to be considered for a scholarship.

Applying from Outside the UK

Additional information for international applicants can be found in our international section and UCAS Conservatoires have a guide for international applicants.