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UK applicants should apply online via UCAS. 

Applications for 2023 entry can be submitted from 6 September 2022 and the deadline is 25 January 2023 at 18:00 (UK time). 

You will need the following codes to apply: 

  • UCAS course code: W301
  • UCAS institution code: LIVIN
  • UCAS institution number: L48

Please note that applications for this course received after 25 January are unlikely to be considered. 

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International Students

International Students 

Applicants outside the UK can either apply via our online portal or via UCAS. Applications open in early September and there is no deadline for applications. However, you should be aware that the majority of audition events take place in February and March and places begin to fill up after this time so applying by 25 January is advisable.

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What happens  after I have applied?

Step 1: Our assessment of your applications

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 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 interview. If you live overseas and would prefer to travel here to attend an in-person interview, please email


Step 2: Preparing for the audition

We send you audition guidelines to help you prepare yourself fully for the audition. In the downloads below, you will find guidelines for 2023 entry. As we also ask you to take a music theory test at your audition, you will find a factsheet about this for 2023 entry below.

BA Music programmes audition guidelines 2023 entry

Music theory test factsheet – 2023 entry


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 and how we teach. 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

When we audition you, we may consider you for other Music programmes (including our Foundation Certificate course), so it’s possible we might make you an offer for an alternative course to the one that you originally applied for.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, if you are unsuccessful, we are unable to offer feedback.

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. You can also apply to a Foundation Certificate course at the same time that you apply to a degree course here. This won't count as a UCAS choice and shouldn't be included on your UCAS form. If you are an international student, you can apply directly to us for more than one course.

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.

How much does it cost to apply via UCAS?

The application fee for submitting an application through UCAS for 2023 entry is £27 if applying to more than one university course, or £22.50 for one university choice.

What are the course codes to use on my UCAS application?

Each degree programme has a code number and abbreviation. For our three-year Music (Songwriting and Production) degree these are W301, BA/SPOD. For our four-year Music (Songwriting and Production) degree these are W3F1, BA/FSPOD. LIPA’s institution code is LIVIN. Our institution number is L48.

Do I have to pay an audition fee?

There is no audition fee for this course. Travel grants and audition fee waivers are available if you meet certain criteria.