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 for September 2020 entry.

Applications open on Tuesday 1 October 2019.

Applications close at midday on Sunday 22 March 2020.

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)

The entire audition day was characterised by encouragement to challenge myself beyond my usual limitations and think in different ways.’ (applicant quote)

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

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Audition Dates

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance audition dates for September 2020 entry:

Auditions at NSCD, Leeds, UK
Tuesday 31 March 2020
Thursday 02 April 2020

Auditions in Europe
Saturday 11 January 2020 | Rom for Dans AS, Marstrandgata 8, 0566 Oslo, Norway.  9.30-5pm
Saturday 1 February 2020 | Opus Ballet, via U. Foscolo, 6 (Porta Romana), 50124 – Florence, Italy.  09.30-5pm

Remote Auditions (International applicants only; from outside the UK & EU)
Sunday 22 March 2020 | Final date to submit Remote Audition

We are also holding pre-audition workshops in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, USA in October and November 2019.

See our USA Workshops page for more information



NSCD auditions are designed to provide you with a good insight into what life as a student at NSCD would be like. The audition starts with an ice-breaker creative task and is followed by opportunities for applicants to show us their strengths and potential in technique classes and creative sessions as well as in a short pre-prepared solo.

 ‘It was so refreshing to experience an audition that allowed applicants to present a number of different skills to the panel and it was lovely to see people shine through at different points during the day.’ (applicant quote)

In addition to our UK auditions we hold auditions in various locations overseas and also offer a remote audition (for International applicants only) in which you provide us with your filmed audition via a URL link to your YouTube upload or a Vimeo link.

Full details of CertHE Contemporary Audition Information (Leeds & Overseas) (Click to open pdf)

Full details of CertHE Contemporary Remote Audition Information (Click to open pdf)


The audition fee is £50 which is payable through our online Box Office at the point you book your selected audition date. We are unable to process applications until your audition has been booked and paid for.

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 have a limited number of places available at our auditions and so recommend early submission of your application to secure your preferred audition date. We are unable to guarantee an audition place if they become fully booked before the closing date.

If you are attending an overseas audition you will need to submit your application no later than 1 week before the audition date.

Full details of Cert HE Application Information (Click to open pdf)

The NSCD online application form will be available on this web page between the opening and closing dates.


We aim to complete the selection process within approximately 4 weeks; from the audition day to the final outcome for shortlisted candidates.

  • We make our first shortlist at the end of stage 1 of the audition.
  • Approximately 1 week after the audition, all candidates who were shortlisted for stage 2 will be notified by email to inform them if they have reached our final shortlist. Those who have reached the final shortlist will be provided with details about a short reflective written task, in relation to the audition, to be submitted online within 1 week from the notification.
  • Approximately 2 weeks after the writing task submission date candidates who reached our final shortlist will receive an email with one of the following outcomes:
  • An offer (with 3 weeks in which to accept).
  • A place on the reserve list (with potential further offers being made in April or beyond).
  • No offer.

Audition feedback is available on request to and will be provided after the offers are made.  It will consist of one of the three descriptions* as due to high applicant numbers we are unable to provide more detailed feedback. (*listed in: What is NSCD looking for in potential students?)

Need more information?

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