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UK applicants should apply to LIPA via our online portal by 31 January 2024. Although in previous years we have accepted later applications to this programme. 

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International Students

International Students 

Applicants outside the UK should also apply to LIPA via our online portal. There is no deadline for applications but you should be aware that the majority of our audition events take place in February and March and places begin to fill up after this time.

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What happens after I have applied?

Step 1: Our assessment of your applications

We assess your application very carefully against our entry criteria and decide whether or not to invite you to an audition event. For this Foundation Certificate programme we may offer you a place based on the LIPA application form and recording you have sent us, without asking to see you in person at an audition.

If we are inviting you to attend an audition, we will send you guidelines to help you to prepare. If you are a UK student this will be in Liverpool. Overseas students can attend a UK audition or an overseas one. Our International team will advise you about your nearest audition venue and the date. For overseas students if you can’t attend one of our dates, we may ask you to submit a video audition.

Step 2: Preparing for the audition

We will email you guidelines to help you to prepare.

Step 3: Attending an audition

At your audition, we aim to give you a sense of what it’s like to be a student here. This helps you to decide whether we are a good fit for you. We know auditions are nerve-wracking so your best approach is to prepare by reading our guidelines carefully and as soon as possible after you receive them. At your audition, we’re interested in finding out about you as an individual, so please try to relax, be yourself and enjoy yourself on the day.

Step 4: Communicating our decision

We need time to reflect on the candidates we’ve seen, so we do not tell you the outcome of your interview on the day itself. We aim to communicate our decision to you within three working weeks. Unfortunately, it can take longer than this sometimes – please do not assume that you have been unsuccessful if you have not heard from us – it may be that we are still making decisions. If you have any concerns about the status of your application, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions team at

Our decision might be

  • An unconditional offer of a place
  • A conditional offer based on exam results or further assessed work
  • An offer to a different programme to the one that you applied to
  • A notification that your application has been unsuccessful 

Our decision will be final. We do not supply feedback to unsuccessful candidates. In many cases, a lack of success is due to the level of competition for places, rather than a specific personal weakness.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What happens if I miss the deadline for applying?

There is a high demand for places, so if you miss the deadline for your course, please contact our Admissions team at If you are an international student you are not bound by the UCAS deadline and we will be happy to consider your direct application after this date, please contact for more information.

Can I defer entry?

We do not accept applications for deferred entry. However, there are exceptional circumstances when we will consider this, such as cases of compulsory military service for international students.

I have a learning difficulty or disability, will this affect my application?

We value diversity and will welcome your application. If you would like to request a reasonable adjustment as part of the audition/interview process, please contact the  Admissions Manager to discuss this. Email or call +44 (0)151 330 3084.