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Guidance for 2021 applicants

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Applications for 2021 entry opened on Thursday 16 July 2020.
We expect the Royal College of Music’s full range of facilities to be operating as normal well in advance of September 2021, with all our exceptional teaching and performance opportunities taking place on our campus in the heart of London. Our brand-new facilities, the result of a £40million investment in our campus, will be ready for students to use in autumn 2020.

We ran two Virtual Open Days on Wednesday 29 July and Thursday 6 August 2020 for prospective applicants for 2021 entry. The events were held online and offered applicants the opportunity to explore our faculties and hear first-hand from professors and students about all aspects of life at the RCM. You can still access all our Virtual Open Day content, including recordings of the live faculty sessions here.

We are currently planning to hold our live London auditions as normal in late November to early December, ensuring that appropriate safety measures are in place in accordance with UK Government guidance at that point in time.

We also plan to hold auditions at our overseas venues for 2021 entry as normal, although it is possible that some auditions may be affected by ongoing lockdown measures around the world. In order to deal with the ever-increasing number of overseas applications, we have introduced video screening to ensure that live auditions are available to those with the best chance of being offered a place. We are monitoring local conditions with our overseas venues and if it is not possible to hold or reschedule our overseas auditions, we will assess applicants for entry based on their videos submitted for screening.

If you are unable to travel to London or one of our overseas venues, or feel uncomfortable doing so, you will have the option of auditioning or interviewing for a place remotely. Those who choose this option will be considered for scholarships.

Before applying

Virtual Open Day

  • We held two Virtual Open Days on Wednesday 29 July and Thursday 6 August. The events took place on our website and offered applicants and their families the opportunity to explore our faculties and hear first-hand from RCM professors and students.
  • If you missed our Virtual Open Days, you can still access all the content, specially curated for 2021 applicants here. Recordings of all our live faculty sessions will be available here soon and you can watch them on demand until 30 September.
  • For more information about studying at the RCM, please view our study pages. 

Can I attend an RCM Open Day or visit the RCM in person?

The RCM is currently closed to all external visitors, however there may be the option to visit us in person later in the year, depending on the current situation and official guidance.

RCM auditions

We plan to hold overseas auditions for 2021 entry as normal, although some auditions may be affected by ongoing lockdown measures around the world.

In order to deal with the ever-increasing number of overseas applications, we have introduced video screening to ensure that live auditions are available to those with the best chance of being offered a place. If it is not possible to hold or reschedule in-country auditions, we will offer places and scholarships based on videos submitted for screening.

If you are unable to travel or feel uncomfortable doing so, you will have the option of auditioning or interviewing for a place remotely.

For more information on RCM auditions, visit the apply section of our website.

Will I still be considered for scholarships if I audition via video?

Every student who applies for a place on one of the RCM's performance or composition courses commencing in 2021 will be considered for scholarship, whether you have applied by video or attended an audition or interview in person. For more information, please visit our scholarships page.

Further questions

If we have not answered your question, please email admissions@rcm.ac.uk.

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Guidance for 2020 offer holders

Our latest information on how we expect Covid-19 to affect offer holders beginning courses or programmes at the RCM in September 2020.

Read our guidance for 2020 offer holders

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Guidance for current students

Our latest information on how the current situation affects studies and exams, as well as guidance on how to keep safe and where to find support.

Read our guidance for current students

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