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This course will not be running in September 2024.

Applications for 2024 entry can be submitted from 5 September 2023 and the deadline is 31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time).

You will need the following codes to apply: 

  • UCAS course code: W491
  • UCAS institution number: L48
International Students

International Students 

This course will not be running in September 2024.

Applications open in early September and there is no deadline for applications. However, you should be aware that the majority of audition/interview events take place in February and March and places begin to fill up after this time so applying by 31 January is advisable.

What happens after  I have applied?

Step 1: Our assessment of your application

We’ll review your application and if we think you are on course to meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to attend one of our audition and interview events. If you live in the UK, this will be in Liverpool. If you live overseas, we will automatically invite you to an online audition and interview or one of our overseas audition/interview events in a location near you. If you live overseas and would prefer to travel here to attend an in-person audition and interview, please email


Step 2: Preparing for the audition and interview

We send you audition guidelines to help you prepare yourself fully for the audition. 

In the downloads below, you will find guidelines for 2024 entry. 

BA Applied Theatre & Community Drama audition guidelines 2024 entry


Step 3: Attending an audition and interview

At your audition/interview, 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 and interviews 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/interview, 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 aim to let you know our decision within three working weeks of the audition and interview, though this can take a little longer if you audition overseas. This might be:

  • An unconditional offer of a place
  • A conditional offer based on exam results or further assessed work
  • 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 

How many courses can I apply to?

On your UCAS form, you can apply for up to five choices. You are welcome to apply for more than one degree course here but this will count as another one of your five choices. If you are an international student, you can apply directly to us for more than one course.

How much does it cost to apply via UCAS?

The fee for applying through UCAS for 2024 entry is £27.50. This is a one-off application fee and applicants can add five choices to their application.

Do I have to pay an audition fee and is there any support with travel costs?

There is no audition fee for this course. We offer a travel grant scheme for UK applicants who come from areas where participation in Higher Education is traditionally low. This is based on postcode data, so all eligible candidates, who we wish to invite to an audition will be automatically offered the travel grant (if applicable).

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.

What is the course code to use on my UCAS application?

The code number for our Applied Theatre & Community Drama degree is W491. LIPA's institution number is L48.