Applying to GSA

Please refer to the relevant programme page for information on how to apply.

Yes; we audition every applicant. Each year, GSA is able to offer a very small number of places to students who do not meet the A level requirements based on their particularly exceptional performance at audition. These places are offered at the discretion of the audition panel.

You will be sent an email with instructions to set up your Surrey Applicant Portal. You will need your University of Surrey application number in order to set this up. You will then need to pay your audition fee, and then we will schedule your first audition. If you are successful in your first audition, you will be recalled for a further audition on a different day and following this a decision will be made on your application.

Yes. You will need to submit a new application via UCAS and attend another audition. We don’t consider the previous application and you will be auditioned as a new applicant.

No. You must apply in the academic year before you want to start at GSA. You can defer a place for BA Theatre Production only.

Yes, you can apply for more than one course in the same year. You will need to pay an audition fee for each course.

GSA welcomes candidates who have English as a second language. However, it must be emphasised that fluency and accuracy in the English language is essential. This should be matched by an extensive vocabulary, text awareness and a genuine desire to work on improving the language.

If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence that you meet the University of Surrey’s English language requirements that are stated on the relevant programme pages.

The University of Surrey has an IELTS test centre on campus. If you have IELTS at 0.5 below the required level for your programmes and at no lower than 0.5 below the level in any single component, you will meet our English requirements upon subsequent successful competition of the University of Surrey’s ten-week pre-sessional English programme, PS10, without the need to take another IELTS test. Find out more about Surrey’s pre-sessional programmes.

Audition fees

Yes. This is currently set at £55 for BA/MA courses and £35 for the Foundation programme. The audition fee must be paid via your student portal. You will be e-mailed information on how to set up your portal once we have received your application

GSA is pleased to offer an audition waiver for eligible UK students applying for undergraduate courses for September 2017 entry.

To assess your eligibility please use the online postcode search tool. This tool will provide details of your POLAR3 score, if your postcode is in quintiles 1 or 2 you may be entitled to an audition fee waiver. This link will also provide further details of the classifications. If your postcode shows you are eligible please contact admissions so we can confirm your eligibility.

Please note that we are unable to assess applicants living outside of the UK or those from the Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

No. Please consider your application carefully. If you think you might change your mind, it is important that you understand that we will not be able to give you a refund.

We will be scheduling your audition as soon as possible. During certain periods of the year, we experience a significant peak in the number of auditions and this may cause a small delay. If you haven’t heard after two weeks please forward your receipt and your ID number in an email to admissions.

Preparing for an audition

Auditions for BA courses are held annually between November and March. Auditions for MA courses are held between December and May.

After you have applied to a GSA programme you will receive instructions in your applicant portal informing you of how to pay for an audition. After you have done this you will receive an email with a receipt.

The majority of first auditions are held at the GSA building at the University of Surrey in Guildford. However, we also hold some regional auditions. You will receive details of any such locations when you log in to order your audition. We also hold a number of international auditions.

All recall auditions take place at GSA.

We recommend that you attend GSA for an audition if at all possible, however if you are an international student (outside the EU) and there is no audition venue within a suitable distance from your location you may be able to submit a video audition for your first audition. Once you have paid your audition fee please contact the admissions team and you will be provided with more details.

Please note that we cannot accept videos for recall auditions.

As a general rule, we do not reschedule auditions. However, in certain circumstances, we are able to reschedule an applicant’s audition once. You will need to provide written evidence for why you are unable to attend, such as a doctor’s note or a letter from your school. Please phone us and have your ID number handy.

A typical audition lasts around half a day. A recall audition lasts all day. You should aim to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the audition is due to commence.

If you have declared a disability and will need specific support to enable you to participate in the audition process, please let us know in advance.

You should wear clean, comfortable clothes that allow you to perform without hinderance.

For Musical Theatre auditions please wear clothes that do not mask the shape of your body. Wear shoes that allow you to stand naturally.

Please bring one passport photograph to the audition with your name clearly written on the back. You should also bring some water in a closed bottle.

There is a café in the GSA building, which is open on most of the days that there are auditions. If this is closed there is a campus shop with a wide range of food a short walk from the building.

After your audition

We aim to let you know the outcome of your audition within two weeks. Please keep an eye on UCAS Track and your Surrey Applicant portal as this is where the details will be sent.

You will be invited to a recall audition. These are all held at the GSA premises. Details of the requirements for this session will be made available after a successful first audition.

Unfortunately not. Due to the high numbers of auditions that take place each year we are not able to provide individual feedback.

No. Only if you meet the conditions of your offer will your place be guaranteed. This usually means meeting our A level requirements.

If you narrowly miss this we may still be able to give you a place; however this cannot be guaranteed and would depend on the number of spaces which are filled by students who met their conditions along with your performance at audition.

The reserve list is not ranked in order and so we are not able to tell you how likely it is that you will be made an offer. The audition panel reviews the candidates on the reserve list after every audition – as they are putting together an ensemble, they will be looking to ensure that the cohort will work well together and whether you are made an offer will depend on a number of factors. We will contact you if we are able to make you an offer.

Please don’t be discouraged by being placed on the reserve list – this is in itself a fantastic achievement as it is so competitive to gain a place at GSA.

Unfortunately GSA is not able to defer any offers. If you turn down your offer you will need to apply and audition again next year.