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 are now open. 

Applications for 2021 entry close on 21 March 2021.

Due to COVID-19 we have introduced a two-stage audition process. See below for more information.

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.

Visit the Course page for the entry requirements.


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Important information


The application form is available on this page until the closing date.

Places at our auditions are limited so we recommend early submission of your application to guarantee your preferred audition date/time. We are unable to guarantee an audition if places become full before the closing date.

Our application form asks for:

  1. Personal details
  2. Place of academic education
  3. Qualifications
  4. Place of dance education
  5. Headshot photo
  6. Personal statement (250 words)
  7. Solo video link (1 min 30 secs)
  8. Equality & Diversity information

Please read our application guidance below for more detailed information


Once you submit your application you will be redirected to book and pay for your Stage 1 Audition (subject to availability). Applications without an audition booking/payment will not be processed.

You will also receive an email confirmation from Please check and save this email. We recommend you add this email address to your contacts to avoid emails going into your junk/spam folder.


The audition fee is a one-off payment of £20 when you book your Stage 1 Audition. No further fee is required as part of the audition process.

Audition fee waiver scheme

NSCD is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama (CDD), who offer a number of audition fee waivers to undergraduate applicants from the UK with low household income. Places are limited and so early application is advised. Fee waiver applications are made direct to CDD below:


IMPORTANT: This scheme has more applicants than can be offered places. To ensure that all of the allocated waivers are used, please ensure you make your NSCD application within 4 weeks of receipt of the waiver otherwise the fee waiver will be reallocated to another applicant.  It is therefore advised that apply for a waiver at such point that you will have filmed your solo within this timescale.

If awarded a fee waiver, CDD will inform us. We will then contact you to either confirm a refund of your fee payment or provide a promotional code for you to use at checkout (if you haven’t already booked your audition).


We want to see all applicants and so invite everyone to attend a Stage 1 Audition.

We ask you to learn two set contemporary phrases in advance.


Stage 1 auditions are online via zoom and are held as a small group audition. They involve a creative icebreaker workshop (watch an example) and a chance for you to show us the contemporary phrases you have learnt (above). You’ll need a webcam/front-facing camera phone to join the audition and a space roughly 2m x 2m in which to move. You’ll receive an email with a zoom link prior to the audition date.

By taking part in an undergraduate zoom audition you are agreeing to the NSCD UG zoom audition risk assessment and disclaimer


Monday 29 March 2021

  • 10.00-11.30 (BST)
  • 12.30-14.00 (BST)
  • 15.00-16.30 (BST)

Tuesday 30 March 2021

  • 10.00-11.30 (BST)
  • 12.30-14.00 (BST)
  • 15.00-16.30 (BST)

Shortlisted applicants from Stage 1 are invited to Stage 2. We get back to all applicants with an outcome approximately two weeks after their first audition.

We are providing two options for your Stage 2 Audition; either in-person* (at NSCD), or via online submission. Each option involves the same creative, contemporary, ballet and discussion sessions.  There will be no disadvantage to choosing the online audition as the audition panel have many years’ experience of this method of audition.

*Please note: All candidates at these auditions are required to wear masks.  NSCD has protocols and procedures in place to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission within our building(s); further details will be provided to those who are shortlisted. If on-site auditions at NSCD are not possible due to enhanced lockdown measures, all applicants will be required to submit an online Stage 2 audition, details of which can be found below.



Wednesday 14 April 2021

  • Final date to submit online audition (overseas applicants only)

Thursday 15 April 2021

  • 10.00-13.00 (BST)
  • 14.00-17.00 (BST)

Friday 16 April 2021

  • 10.00-13.00 (BST)
  • 14.00-17.00 (BST)

Places are awarded to candidates who demonstrate the greatest potential to benefit from the course, regardless of previous dance experience. The audition panel assesses your physical potential, performance ability and creativity, as well as critical thinking and reflective engagement.

See What NSCD is looking for in potential students? for more information

Visit the course page for entry requirements


Applicants receive an email approximately 2 weeks after their Stage 2 audition with one of the following outcomes:

  • An offer (with 3 weeks in which to accept)
  • A place on the reserve list
  • No offer

In relation to all 2021 entry offers please see Notice-for-Applicants-of-Changes-to-the-Contract-2021-Entry_Dec20

Audition feedback is available on request to and provided once all offers have been made. Feedback consists of one of three descriptions below (due to a high applicant number we are unable to provide more detailed feedback)

A response to the tasks/movement material set which:

  • Consistently demonstrates that the candidate would be able to meet the demands of the course applied for.
  • Inconsistently demonstrates an ability to meet the demands of the course applied for at this time.
  • Demonstrates insufficient ability to meet the demands of the course applied for at this time.

Have a question?

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