Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Course options

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Course summary

From September 2021, RWCMD will offer a maximum of 18 places on a new three-year undergraduate programme in Musical Theatre. The College’s existing undergraduate drama training has been ranked four times as the very best in the UK by the Guardian University League Tables, and has a long-standing for producing highly-skilled, professional actors, who are well equipped to respond the demands of an ever-changing industry. Students on the new programme will receive training in acting, vocal, movement, singing, dance and creative skills from an established team of staff with regular input from visiting professionals. This intensive and immersive training experience will enable them to take advantage of the diverse employment opportunities within the rapidly expanding and increasingly international musical theatre industry.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Musical Theatre

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeRW02
Institution code R59
Campus nameRoyal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

Normal entrance requirements include A levels, BTEC or equivalent qualifications, although candidates with an exceptional level of practical ability may be accepted without formal qualifications. Equivalent qualifications include WBQ, Scottish Highers, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, International Baccalaureate, Advanced GNVQ, AVCE or Advanced Diploma (Level 3) and recognised international qualifications. Selection is made on the basis of an audition process, in which candidates will need to demonstrate skills in all three areas of musical theatre performance – acting, singing and dance.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


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Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Cardiff RWCMD£35£35
UKEC ChinaNo fee charged
China - ZL EstrellaNo fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Cardiff RWCMDNot available at this location
RecordingNot available at this location
UKEC ChinaNot available at this location
China - ZL EstrellaNot available at this location

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
EU £21849 Year 1
International £21849 Year 1
Channel Islands £15427 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All International, EU and Channel Island tuition fees are subject to annual revision and are typically increased 3%-5%
BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - UCAS