Drama college the toughest to enter
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.