Northern School of Contemporary Dance

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Audition and Interview Fee Waiver Scheme

From 2012 onwards the Conservatoire has been able to offer a number of free audition/interview places to applicants from low-income backgrounds who may not otherwise be able to make an application. Please note that places are limited and offered on a first come basis.

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current UK Resident
  • Applying to an undergraduate programme (FdA and BA degrees)
  • New to Higher Education (no previous degree or any other Higher Education-level qualifications)
  • From an annual household income of less than £25,000

You will only be able to apply for one free audition or interview place at one of the Conservatoire schools* in each academic year. Applicants will not be awarded multiple free places, nor are places transferable to another school (i.e. if you are applying to several Conservatoire schools in one year, you can only receive a free audition/interview place at one of those schools).

*The Conservatoire schools are:

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Central School of Ballet
London Contemporary Dance School
National Centre for Circus Arts
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

How to apply

To apply for an audition or interview fee waiver, please complete this form and return to:

Edward Long
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
Tavistock House
Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9JJ

Or by email to


Update 20 January 2016

Please note that we have now allocated all audition/interview fee waivers for BOVTS, LAMDA & RADA and only a few waivers remain for LCDS, NSCD, Rambert School and National Centre for Circus Arts.

If for any reason you have been allocated a waiver and are no longer planning to make an application, please do let us know so we can reallocate this to another applicant.