Drama col­lege the tough­est to en­ter

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

CARDIFF’S world-renowned Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama had 45 ap­pli­cants for ev­ery place on its flag­ship act­ing course, we can re­veal.

We ob­tained ap­pli­ca­tions data from Wales’ top uni­ver­si­ties which show the cour­ses that have the most ap­pli­cants to places.

And the hard­est de­gree course to get into in Wales, in terms of com­pe­ti­tion per place, is the BA (Hons) Act­ing at the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama in Cardiff.

There were 999 ap­pli­ca­tions for just 22 places.

That’s equiv­a­lent to 45 peo­ple for ev­ery one place last year, with peo­ple ap­ply­ing from all over the world.

Cardiff Univer­sity’s mid­wifery de­gree is the next tough­est.

It had 21 ap­pli­ca­tions for ev­ery place last year, when a to­tal of 600 peo­ple ap­plied for one of 28 places which re­quire can­di­dates to have an A and two Bs at A-level.

If you want to study medicine at Cardiff Univer­sity Med­i­cal School you will need three As at A-level and 11 peo­ple ap­ply for ev­ery place, with 3,500 peo­ple ap­ply­ing for 300 places last year.

Den­tistry at Cardiff is al­most as com­pet­i­tive on places, with 700 ap­pli­cants for 70.

The Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama said can­di­dates for its highly com­pet­i­tive BA (Hons) Act­ing are ex­pected to have stud­ied at A-level, but ad­mis­sion is pri­mar­ily based on how can­di­dates per­form at au­di­tion.

“Ap­pli­cants to the BA (Hons) Act­ing course are nor­mally ex­pected to have stud­ied or be in their fi­nal year of A-lev­els, or an equiv­a­lent Level 3 qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” a spokes­woman said.

“En­try to the pro­gramme is pri­mar­ily by au­di­tion and we do not cur­rently spec­ify what grades or sub­jects ap­pli­cants are re­quired to have.

“Ap­pli­cants are in­vited to a firstround au­di­tion, and those who are suc­cess­ful at the first-round au­di­tion are in­vited to a re-call au­di­tion.”

RWCMD head of drama David Bond said one in three places each year go to ap­pli­cants from Wales and he looks for “po­ten­tial, pas­sion, en­joy­ment, in­stinct and will­ing­ness to take risks”.

With stu­dents in classes and re­hearsals for 30 to 40 hours a week can­di­dates must be fully com­mit­ted.

The Univer­sity of South Wales was un­able to give num­bers of ap­pli­cants per course, but said its cour­ses with the high­est grade re­quire­ments are Mas­ter of Chi­ro­prac­tic – ABB (typ­i­cal A-level of­fer). MMath Math­e­mat­ics ABB and MMath Computing Math­e­mat­ics, ABB. Its BSc (Hons) Med­i­cal Sciences, Bach­e­lor of Mid­wifery (Hons) Reg­is­tered Mid­wife, Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing (Hons) (Adult) and BSc (Hons) Math­e­mat­ics all re­quire ap­pli­cants to have three Bs at A-level.

Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity was not able to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion.

The dead­line for ap­ply­ing to univer­sity through Ucas is Sun­day.

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