Audition and application details for EU, EEA and International students
Rambert School has a world-leading reputation, but is still an intimate school with up to 50 students accepted onto the FD/BA Degree course each year. Applications are received from all over the world and the current student body is made up of students originating from 21 different countries with more than 34% of students from outside the UK. The diversity of the many cultures at the School enhances creativity and broadens the overall learning experience.
The central objective of the FD/BA programme is to develop and enhance the students’ ability to perform in Ballet and Contemporary Dance at a professional level. Therefore, irrespective of academic qualifications or prior learning experience, entry is subject to audition.
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance welcomes applications from disabled people and offers places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for a career in the profession. You are encouraged to disclose any impairment or condition (for example, dyslexia, a physical, sensory or mental health condition) at the earliest opportunity so that we can endeavour to meet your needs at audition and during the course.
Applicants must have turned 16 years by 1st September in the year of entry.
EU, EEA, Swiss and International students are required to achieve at least a Level B1 in one of the English testing systems recognised by the UKVI. The certificate gained should be a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Guidance on Applying for UK Visa Approved language Tests
There are no other academic requirements for entry to the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Course course. Entry is via a two stage audition process.
Application processes for Rambert School vary depending on where you are auditioning. Please find information below on where to direct your initial application:
Entry to Rambert School for September 2024 is through a two-stage audition process. All applicants must complete and submit an application form and pay the £50 application fee. This fee covers the cost of processing the application and is not refundable if an audition offer is not made.
Please find our application form here.
The school is also able to offer a limited number of application fee waivers please apply directly to the school by emailing Head of Admissions at Judy Bowden to make a request for an application fee waiver.
There is a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of £50. This fee covers the cost of processing the application and is not refundable if an audition offer is not made.
Please note, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of application form.
The school is also able to offer a limited number of application fee waivers, please apply directly to the school by emailing Head of Admissions at Judy Bowden to make a request for a fee waiver.
For more information about fees, visit our Fees and Finance page.
Rambert School will be holding several in-person international auditions for 2024 entry in Seoul (10 December 2023), Tokyo (16 &17th December 2023) , New York (10th & 11th February 2024) and Venice (9th & 10th March). All other overseas applicants: Entry to the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Dance is through a two-stage audition process. We have a number of auditions at Rambert School in the UK . If you are unable to attend any auditions in person please follow the digital audition process
All applicants complete and submit the application form and pay the £50 application fee.
The school is also able to offer a limited number of application fee waivers to ensure that financial barriers do not limit the ability of talented students in applying. Please contact Head of Admissions at Judy Bowden to make a request for an application fee waiver.
Deadline to receive overseas applications is 4 March 2024. The closing date for overseas digital auditions is 11 March 2024.
We will consider all applications and digital auditions on their individual merit. Overseas students who are successful at first stage audition may be invited to attend a second stage audition in person, if they’re unable to attend in person they will be invited to attend an interview via zoom and may be asked to submit additional dance videos. Some applicants will be asked to attend a physical assessment via zoom.
Rambert School holds a Student sponsor license and is registered with UK Visas and Immigration.
All EU/EEA/Swiss students are required to apply for a visa to study in the UK unless you have Settled or Pre-settled status. Students need to complete an application, pay an application fee (£363 for students applying from outside the UK and £490 to extend or switch to a student visa from inside the UK – subject to relevant increases), and have a current passport or other valid travel document. You will be able to apply for a Student visa up to six months before you course starts.
Most people will be able to complete their application, including identity verification, using a smartphone app. If you can’t access the smartphone app or you don’t have a biometric passport, you may need to go to a Visa Centre in your country. You will need to pay a fee called Immigration Health Surcharge. This give you access to the UK’s National Health Service. Students receive a discount on the usual cost of this surcharge.
If you require assistance or would like further information about the visa application process, please contact our Head of Admissions Judy Bowden
Please note to be eligible for a Student visa, there are three point types that need to be met. Points are non-tradeable which means you will need to meet all the requirements. There are 3 point types that need to be met (study, financial & English language). Please see the government guidance for full information.
Please note: EU/EEA & Swiss citizens are required to reach the B1 level standard of English for the Foundation Degree (Year 1 and 2) B2 Level for BA (Hons) Top-up in Year 3 in order to obtain a Student visa to study in the the UK.
Students are required to prove their level of English before the School can raise a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), which is required for your visa application. Students who do not hold a valid English Language certificate (they are valid for 2 years) should enrol on to a Home Office approved programme at their earliest convenience: Guidance on Applying for UK Visa Approved language Tests
The certificate gained should accompany your Student visa application.
Rambert School holds a Student sponsor license and is registered with UK Visas and Immigration.
All Overseas students need to apply for the Student visa.
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is required for a Student visa application. Students whom are successful at second stage audition will be assigned a CAS number upon acceptance of their offer of a place at the school and receipt of their deposit.
Students are required to reach the B1 level standard of English for Foundation Degree and B2 Level for BA (Hons) Top up in order to obtain a Student visa and enter the UK. Students below this level should enrol on to a Home Office approved programme at their earliest convenience: Guidance on applying for UK Visa approved English language tests. The certificate gained should be a SELT (Secure English Language Test).
Please read information regarding Student Route Responsibilities.
Tuition fees for EU, EEA, Swiss and International students applying for the FD/BA (Hons) Ballet and Contemporary Dance are set at £20,930 for entry in 2024/25. The tuition fee is subject to increase in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Government and this will be clearly communicated to applicants when they are offered a place, if not before.
In addition to your tuition fees you may incur additional costs while studying on the course. Tuition fees do not include personal materials, such as practice clothes/kit and books. Estimated costs for clothes, shoes, kit and books is £600. This is an approximate price for the minimum requirements. A typical student at Rambert School will go through multiple pairs of ballet shoes and pointe shoes per year. Books on the reading list are useful to have but the library is very well stocked with what you need and there is a budget for research books per year.
Sadly we are not able to offer full scholarships to our School, but we are actively seeking funds from trusts and foundations to enable us to offer some financial support to students from overseas countries. This financial support would be awarded on an individual needs basis and could be applied for once a student has received an offer of a place at the school and offered by way of a partial fee waiver.
The school aims to also offer in year bursary support to students in financial need. The School’s internal bursaries are awarded in response to formal applications submitted by students on an annual basis and have particular regard to an individual’s personal income and outgoings.
If you require any further information about Fees and Finance please contact Judy Bowden, Head of Admissions, Registry and Student Support.
When a student is offered a place at the School, details are provided on the options available and support is given to help students connect with each other and find accommodation together. Rambert School does not offer its own accommodation, but helps students find accommodation near the School before they arrive. Most students choose to live close to the School in the areas of St Margarets and Twickenham, either in shared rented houses or living with a host family.
You can read more about accommodation options here: Accommodation Rambert School
English Language Support
Students who do not have English as a first language are able to access support via our specialist ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tutor who provides weekly group sessions. Non-native English speakers are encouraged to attend these classes.
Our Subject Tutors and Personal Tutors provide support on all aspects of the training, both practical and academic. All students are given support as part of their academic studies to gain confidence in researching, note taking, writing and referencing essays, as well as thinking about learning styles and ways of organising study time. Academic support is delivered via regular study skills sessions, and also available via scheduled tutorials with the Head of Studies or other staff on the critical studies pathway. We use an online learning environment (Teams) to enable students to access course materials, video content and other learning resources at their own leisure.
Dedicated Student Support Team
Head of Student Support, Judy Bowden, is available to students throughout their journey with Rambert School. Students are encouraged to ask to for support with any aspect of their lives, whether these be practical or pastoral. We have links with professional bodies including counsellors & nutritionists.
For more information on our Admissions Policy and Application Terms and Conditions, please visit Policies and Procedures.