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UK applicants should apply online via UCAS. 

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: W301
  • UCAS institution number: L48

Please note that applications for this course received after 31 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 31 January is advisable.

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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 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 or one of our overseas audition events in a location near you. If you live overseas and would prefer to travel here to attend your audition, please email


Step 2: Preparing for the audition

We send you audition guidelines to help you prepare yourself fully for the audition. The 2024 guidelines will be available in November 2023.

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 here for 2023 entry, this will also be updated in November.

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. Please select one pathway from the Music degree course to apply to and do not use an additional UCAS choice to apply to other pathways from the Music degree course.

You are welcome to apply for other programmes at LIPA as well such as the BA Sound Technology course but this will count as another of your five choices.

You cannot apply to the Foundation Certificate in Popular Music and Music Technology via UCAS, so you would need to apply to us directly for that course. It, therefore, would not be counted against your five UCAS choices. 

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?

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

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 Music (Songwriting and Production) degree pathway is W301. LIPA’s institution number is L48.