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


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

    BA Acting - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: W411

    BA Acting (International) - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: W83A

    BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: W441

    BA Stage and Production Management - Campus Code: L  UCAS Code: DKAS

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

    BA Acting and Stage Combat - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code W412

    BA Physical Theatre - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code: W494

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

    BA World Performance - Campus Code: S  UCAS Code: W495

Step 3

  • Complete our Direct 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 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 Option 4 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 4

  • Pay the audition fee.

    This applies to all applicants attending a UK audition and non UK residents who are submitting online auditions.

    Applicants applying only for BA Stage & Production Management and/or BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film) do not need to pay the audition fee.  

    Applicants attending an overseas audition do not need to pay the audition fee. 

    Please note that this fee is non-refundable. See terms and conditions.

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 attend an audition or interview. However, if you are based outside the UK please note that we offer overseas auditions in around 10 countries each year or will accept online audition materials. 

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

We strongly suggest you read our information about what to prepare for UK and international auditions thoroughly before attending your audition. 

Audition or interview date 

Following submission of your direct application to East 15 you will be contacted by our Admissions Team to advise you of your audition or interview date (alternatively, if you are an overseas applicant, and have submitted audition materials electronically, we will acknowledge receipt of these). We run a number of audition days throughout the year and strongly recommend that you read audition guidance and the Terms and Conditions for Audition (.pdf).

Once you have received your audition/interview date, 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 won’t receive any feedback on the day of your audition/interview, however, you should expect to hear from us via email within two weeks. 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.