How to Apply: CertHE Contemporary Dance - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance at NSCD.

Applications for 2020 entry are now closed.

Applications for 2021 entry will open October 2020.

Due to the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19 we will now be asking all our applicants to audition remotely, instead of attending face to face auditions. This means submitting links to recorded audition footage online.

NSCD auditions all applicants and our audition process is designed to assess your potential as a dance artist and your suitability for our courses.  We welcome all applicants regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion.

Please read What NSCD is looking for in potential CertHE students (click to open in pdf)

Visit the Course Information page for full details of the course and the entry requirements.

Fees & Finance Course info

Audition Dates

All audition dates for this course have now been suspended. Instead, we are asking applicants to follow our Remote Audition route* – submitting links to recorded footage as part of your online application. The deadline to apply and submit your links has been extended to 30 April 2020.

*this route is first choice for the majority of our international applicants


Full details of what to submit can be found in the document below:

CertHE Contemporary Remote Audition Information UPDATED 19 March 2020 (pdf)

We have reviewed our audition content in view of the fact you may not have have access to a dance studio at this present time.


The audition fee is £50 which is payable through our online Box Office once you have submitted your application and video links. We are unable to process applications until payment has been made.

NSCD is an affiliate of The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama who offer a number of audition fee waivers, to undergraduate applicants from the UK with low household income who may struggle to find the funds for the application/audition fee.

Full details of Undergraduate Audition Fee Waiver Scheme (Click to open pdf)

Your application

We recommend early submission of your application.

For full information see Cert HE Application Information (Click to open pdf)

The online application form will be available on this web page until the closing date.

Need more information?

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050