We’re delighted that you’re interested in applying for a course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. All applications for degree courses at BOVTS are made directly to the School.

Please note that the School no longer uses the UCAS system. Applications for 2024 entry are open.


Applications for BA (Hons) Professional Acting will close on Wednesday 31 January 2024 at 16:00 GMT.

Applications for MFA Professional Acting will close on Sunday 17 March 2024 at 23:59 GMT.

For all other courses, you should aim to submit your application before 28 February 2024. If you apply after 28 February, we can’t guarantee there will still be places on your course.

Further information about all our degree courses and course-specific entry requirements are available from our online course finder.

How to apply

Please visit the page for the degree course you are interested in on our online course finder. Once you have read the course description and entry requirements, please click the pink ‘apply now’ button in the header.

If you are viewing the site on a mobile device, you may have to click to expand the header menu.

Applying after a break in studying

The application process is the same as it is for everyone else. You will have the option within your personal statement to explain why you have chosen to return to study now and how you feel you will benefit.

We accept a variety of qualifications, including the Access to HE Diploma and Open University credits. View our course pages to find out about entry requirements for each course. If you are a mature student and you have any questions about our entry requirements or your qualifications, please email [email protected]

Equal opportunities

The School is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities for all. We consider each application on the basis of the applicant’s suitability for the proposed programme of study, at the same time acknowledging the statutory and professional requirements of some programmes. We are keen to encourage applicants from a wide range of academic and social backgrounds to take up the opportunity of studying at the School. We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of students and enables them to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the School. To do this we will be proactive about ensuring people are treated fairly regardless of age, disability, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

Application enquiries

The Admissions Office deals with enquiries and applications for all degree courses.

Telephone: +44 (0)117 9733535

Email : [email protected]

Post: Admissions Office, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, 1-2 Downside Road, Bristol BS8 2XF, UK

Application regulations

We will only accept one application per applicant, per year. You cannot apply for more than one course. If you need further advice about choosing a course, please contact the Admissions Office.

The culture at BOVTS is encouraging, respectful, welcoming and empowering; the environment and buildings are beautiful and I found Bristol to be one of the most wonderful cities in which to spend summer! Lindy Yeates, Foundation Course Student