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.

The following courses are now closed for 2019 entry. Applications for 2020 entry will open in October.

BA Acting
BA Acting (International)
BA Acting & Community Theatre
BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre
BA Acting & Stage Combat
BA Physical Theatre
BA World Performance
Cert HE in Theatre Arts

We are still accepting applications for: 

BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)
BA Stage & Production Management

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 you will get the chance to add more course choices at the next stage.

    If you are currently not in UCAS, you can still apply to East 15 directly and should miss out this step. On the application form please enter "Direct" in the UCAS number box. 

    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.

    Applicants for BA Creative Producing and BA Stage & Production Management 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. There is no audition fee for these courses. 

Step 4

  • Pay the audition fee.

    This applies to all applicants attending a UK audition and overseas applicants submitting online auditions (except those applying exclusively for BA Stage & Production Management and/or BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)). 

    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 This means that, provided the application is authorised by the University of Essex (no information is missing, incomplete etc.), the forthcoming 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
Official Conditional Offer All of our offers are conditional upon the payment of a refundable (subject to terms and conditions) £300 course deposit and return of a signed Admissions Agreement by 6th June 2019 for early applicants or within 2 weeks of the official offer being made if this is later.
Wait List This means that 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.
Unsuccessful  This means that the applicant has not been successful at audition and we are not able to offer a place on any of our courses at East 15

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 Official 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.