Undergraduate application information

Applying to East 15

Applying to East 15

Applying for an undergraduate course

Within this section of our website you will find key information and guidance about how to apply to East 15 Acting School.

It is incredibly important that you read this information carefully before submitting an application to us, so please take some time to familiarise yourself with all the details and, should you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page or email us

All courses are now closed for 2020 entry.

Applications for 2021 entry will open soon. If you are interested in receiving information about the application and audition process for 2021 entry, please fill out this form.

The details...

How to apply

Applicants must hold academic qualifications equivalent to the entry requirements for any chosen course/s or provide evidence of suitability for study.

Follow the steps below to apply. 

Step 1

Step 2 

  • Complete a UCAS application.

    You only need to enter your first choice of course as one choice on UCAS as you will get the chance to add more course choices at the next stage.

    If you are in UCAS but have not put East 15 as one of your choices, you should put your UCAS number in the relevant box.
    If you are not intending to enter UCAS at all, you can still apply to East 15 directly and should miss out this step. Please enter "DirectApp" in the UCAS number box on the application form . 

    To complete your UCAS application you will need the following information:

    Institution Name: Essex
    Institution Code: E70
    Campus Code: L for Loughton; S for Southend

    Cert HE Theatre Arts - Campus Code: L or S  UCAS Code: W410  - Closed, this course is now full.

    BA Acting - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: W411  - Closed, this course is now full.

    BA Acting (International) - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: W83A   - Closed, this course is now full.- Closed

    BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: W441 - Closed, this course is now full.

    BA Stage and Production Management - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: DKAS   - Closed, this course is now full.

    BA Acting and Community Theatre - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code W496  - still accepting applications

    BA Acting and Stage Combat - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code W412   - Closed, this course is now full.

    BA Physical Theatre - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code: W494   - Closed, this course is now full.

    BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film) - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code: W900 - still accepting applications

    BA World Performance - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code: W495 - Closed, this course is now full.

Step 3

  • Those applying only for BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film) and/or BA Stage & Production Management do not need to complete this step and should go straight to Step 4. 
  • Prepare your online audition as you will need to include the URL link(s) for your video(s) in your application. Full details on what to prepare can be found in the 'Online Auditions' section of this page. 

Step 4

  • Complete our Direct Application Form. ALL applicants for our audition courses should select Online Audition option in the Auditions section of the application form.

    You can apply for up to 3 courses on this form.  

Please note, it is important that you complete the application form in full as it is this, and not your UCAS form, that will be considered along with your audition or interview.
BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film) and/or BA Stage & Production Management only
: Direct applicants for these courses should choose the relevant option in the Audition section of the East 15 Application Form and include in their Personal Statement why they wish to study on the course they are applying for.  If you have already applied through UCAS for one or both of these courses you do not need to complete this step as we will look at your UCAS application instead.

Step 5

  • Pay the audition fee.

    You do not have to pay this fee is you are applying for BA Acting & Community Theatre as this course is temporarily free of audition fee.

    You may be eligible for an Audition Fee Waiver. Please see the section below for more information. 

    Applicants applying only for BA Stage & Production Management and/or BA Creative Producing (Theatre & Short Film) do not need to pay the audition fee. 
    Please note that this fee is non-refundable. See terms and conditions.

Audition Fee Waiver

We believe in fair access to training and therefore provide free auditions to applicants from low-income households.


To apply for a free audition, you must meet all of the following essential criteria:  

  • You are applying for undergraduate study.
  • You are a home (UK) / EU applicant.
  • You attended a state school.  

In addition to the above essential criteria, applicants should also meet at least one of the following criteria:  

  • Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
  • You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
  • You will be considered to be a care leaver when you begin your training.
  • You are an estranged student (not supported by your family).
  • You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.  

I meet the criteria...what's next...?

Please download and complete this form and send with your Direct Application Form along with your proof of household income. Please save and attach this form with any supporting documents to your Direct Application Form. You can do this after clicking ‘Submit Application’ on the Direct Application Form.

Proof of income may include:  

  • Personal* or parental** P60s
  • Confirmation of income-related benefit payments (e.g. Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support)
  • Evidence of tax return from the financial year 2018-19  

*if you are an independent student

**if you are supported by more than one parent/carer, please include both of their P60s  

If you are awarded an audition fee waiver, you will be sent an invitation to audition.

If you are unsuccessful, we will contact you with further information.  

This form must be completed and submitted at the time of application. Any forms received independently of your direct East 15 application form will not be considered. 

Information for applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa

Overseas applicants from outside the EEA are likely to require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. If you think this applies to you, and you are offered a place following audition or interview, you may be required to provide the following documentation:

  • a copy of your passport
  • transcripts of your highest level of qualification showing the grades achieved
  • proof that you have undertaken an English language test (for example, IELTS with a score of 6.0 overall and a 5.5 minimum in each component) if English is not your first language
  • a reference recommending you for the course (this is normally completed through UCAS)

Further information about the documents you will need to provide will be sent to you by the Admissions Office at the University of Essex as part of your formal offer. These documents are not required as part of your application and audition.

What's next?

All applicants are required to submit an online audition or interview.

Applicants may only apply and audition once in each academic year.

We strongly suggest you read our information about what to prepare for auditions thoroughly before applying. 

Audition or interview date 

Following submission of your direct application to East 15 you will be contacted by our Admissions Team to acknowledge receipt of your application. We strongly recommend that you read audition guidance and the Terms and Conditions for Audition (.pdf).

All further correspondence from the school will be via email. Please ensure that you check your inbox regularly (we also recommend that you check junk/spam folders just in case your email provider filters our emails).


You should expect to hear from us via email within two weeks of your application - at busy times, this may take longer. The outcome of your audition/interview will initially be communicated as one of the four outcomes below:


Outcome Meaning
Provisional Offer

If we are able to offer the applicant a place at East 15, they will receive a provisional offer from East 15 Admissions. The offer will be for one of the applicant’s chosen courses or a programme that our Heads of Course feel is a more appropriate option. Provided the application is then authorised by the University of Essex Admissions Office (no information is missing, incomplete etc.) they will then receive an Formal Conditional Offer

Formal Conditional Offer Once the application has been authorised by the University of Essex Admissions Offices the applicant will receive, by email from the University of Essex, a Formal Conditional Offer. This will include important information on what they need to provide/achieve in order for their offer to be confirmed and the deadline by which they need to do this. All East 15 offers include the requirement to pay a £300 East 15 Course Deposit and return of a signed Admissions Agreement by the deadline stated in their formal offer.
Wait List The applicant will be held on our Wait List in case a place becomes available on an appropriate course.  There is no guarantee of an offer. Applicants to undergraduate programmes will see a ‘rejection’ on UCAS – notwithstanding this, East 15 will hold them on the Wait List and bring the applicant back through UCAS if a place becomes available. Offers to Wait List applicants can be made at any time, up to the start of the course.
Unsuccessful The applicant has not been successful at audition/interview and we are not able to offer a place on any of our courses at East 15 Acting School.

Receiving an offer 

If you receive a Provisional Offer you should respond to it within two weeks, indicating whether or not you are interested in the course that is recommended.

Your Formal Conditional Offer will arrive soon afterwards (this may take up to a fortnight). The offer, which will arrive via email, includes the conditions of our offer and important response deadline information. You will also receive correspondence from the University of Essex Undergraduate Admissions Team either confirming your offer and the conditions and instructions on what you need to do next or requesting further information. It is important that you respond to any requests within the time-frame given as our offer may be withdrawn if we do not hear from you.

Please note, successful applicants must submit a response to the University (accepting or declining the offer). You must also return our Admissions Agreement (link contained within your offer letter) and a refundable £300 course deposit (refunds subject to Terms and Conditions for Course Deposit (.pdf) by the stipulated deadline to secure your place.