Assisted Application Scheme

Our Assisted Application Scheme is designed to offer an additional level of support and guidance to eligible applicants. It is intended to ensure that barriers do not limit the ability of talented dancers in applying to our undergraduate courses, or from achieving a career in dance and performance.

The Assisted Application Scheme is closed for September 2024 entry. Information regarding the scheme ahead of September 2025 entry will be published in due course. If you have any questions about the scheme in the meantime, please contact our Admissions team at who will happy to help you.

Central School of Ballet recognises that some individuals and communities in our society face obstacles and experience unfair disadvantage. In line with our vision to be an institution which supports an increasingly diverse and innovative, internationally recognised culture of dance in the UK, we are committed to finding ways to address these barriers where we can. We encourage applications to our Undergraduate courses from individuals with the talent, potential and dedication to develop the skills required for a professional career in dance, who are currently underrepresented in higher education.


To be eligible for the scheme, applicants must:

  • Be UK-Domiciled.
  • Have no previous experience of higher education / university
  • Be considering applying to our Undergraduate Courses commencing in September 2024


In addition, applicants must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be living in a household with a gross annual income of below £44,000 or which receives means tested state benefits.
  • Identify as black, brown or from the Global Majority.
  • Have a declared disability.
  • Be in care, a recent care leaver or estranged from their family.
  • Be living in a postcode where participation in higher education is low (our Admissions Team will review this for you).
  • Have a home postcode which is classified as Quintile 1 or Quintile 2 in the POLAR4 dataset (our Admissions Team will review this for you).

(POLAR4 is a dataset which groups areas of the UK based on the proportion of young people progressing to higher education. Visit the Office for Students’ website here, to use the postcode checker.)


Support you will receive

Please note , the following support is under review and subject to change for September 2025 entry

  • You will not be required to pay the application fee.
  • An invitation to attend at no cost, online, informal conversations with members of Central School of Ballet team who will offer guidance, support and advice relating to our application and audition process.
  • Complimentary tickets to Central School of Ballet Winter Showcase and potentially other events or performances throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to receive feedback following your preliminary audition.
  • Potential travel bursaries to support travel costs to auditions. Please note, this is dependent on your individual circumstances and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • If offered a place onto our undergraduate course, you will not be required to pay the course deposit to secure your place.
  • A payment plan can be made available for the acceptance fee, should you be offered a place.
  • Individualised support and guidance not only during, but following the application and audition process, regardless of the final outcome of your audition.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the scheme, by completing our online application.

Applications for our Assisted Application Scheme ahead of September 2025 entry, will open in September 2024.


Application Deadline

The Assisted Application Scheme is now closed for September 2024 entry.

Applications for our Assisted Application Scheme ahead of September 2025 entry, will open in August.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the scheme, please contact:

Joshua Yeardley (he/him)
Head of Registry and Admissions 

Maxine Bunting-Thomas (she/her)
Head of Widening and Participation

We look forward to hearing from you.

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