Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

Vanessa Baptista

Widening Participation and Equality Coordinator

The information on this page was last updated on 24 May 2021.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.

The Conservatoire comprises six specialist schools delivering world-leading education and vocational training in dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre.
These are: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. All of the Conservatoire schools have strong traditions of providing student care and support services, and commit considerable resources to this purpose.
To make an application, you will need to apply directly to the school/s of your choice. Admissions staff at the schools will be able to answer any queries you may have about student support, and you can find contact details for each school here: 

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

If you’re in care, have left recently, or are estranged from your parents, we understand that you may have some extra practical considerations to take into account when making the progression to higher education, and may have concerns about accommodation, financing your studies, and pastoral support.
If you choose to let us know that you are a care leaver or estranged from your parents (which we encourage you to do), we will be able to offer you additional support, and you may be eligible to receive a non-repayable bursary of £1,000 per year of study.
You will have a chance to disclose at application stage, and again on your enrolment form. You can also talk to a member of staff at your school at any point during the academic year.
In addition to the care leaver and estranged students' bursary, you may also be eligible for financial assistance through the Conservatoire scholarship scheme, and/or support from your school.

11 courses

Course information from Discover Uni was last updated in December 2020

Ballet and Contemporary Dance Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance Foundation
Circus Arts The National Centre for Circus Arts Foundation
Contemporary Dance Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Contemporary Dance London Contemporary Dance School Sandwich year
Contemporary Urban Dance Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Costume for Theatre, Television and Film Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Foundation
Dance (Contemporary) Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Production Arts (Stage and Screen) Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Production Arts (Stage) Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Foundation
Professional Acting Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Professional Dance and Performance Central School of Ballet Foundation