How to apply


Thank you for your interest in applying for a course at NSCD. We welcome all applicants regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion. We audition all applicants and our audition process is designed to assess your potential as a dance artist and your suitability for our courses.

Applications open: Sunday 1st October 2017

Applications close: Sunday 25th March 2018 or 1 week prior to the audition if you are attending an overseas audition. (Hong Kong & Shanghai by 1st November)

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What do I need to know before I apply?

Before applying for a course, please read the following:
Course Information & Entry Requirements
Fees and Finance

When and where are the auditions?

The auditions will be held in China, Denmark, Italy, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland (from November 2017- February 2018) in Leeds (April 2018) or by video link (remote audition) for applicants from other countries.  Full details are available in the pdf document below:

Access Audition Types, Venues and Dates (pdf)

What does the audition involve?

Download the following documents for information about the audition:
Access Audition Information (Leeds & Overseas) (pdf)
Access Remote Audition Information (option for overseas applicants only) (pdf)

What information do I need to prepare for my application?

You will need to have the following information ready to enter into the on-line application form:

  • Personal Details (name, contact details etc)
  • Education (Most recent place of education)
  • Qualifications (Highest qualification level you expect to have completed by course entry)
  • Equality and Diversity Information (ethnicity, disability and household income).
  • A Personal Statement of 250-1000 words to include: Your reasons for pursuing training in dance; Your reasons for choosing Northern School of Contemporary Dance; What you hope to achieve after completing your training.
  • Your chosen audition date (subject to availability)
  • There is an application fee of £50 which is paid via PayPal after you have submitted your application. 

You are not required to provide copies of certificates, photographs or references.

Apply and book an audition

This application form is for those applying to the Access to HE Diploma: Contemporary Dance only; if you wish to apply for both the Access to HE Diploma: Contemporary Dance and the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) please apply though the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) application form.

Apply and book my audition:
On-line Access Application Form Link

Being offered a place

When will I find out if I have been offered a place?
Access Audition Outcomes (pdf)

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Need more information?

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050/3013