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The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is an inclusive and diverse environment and we want to encourage as many people as possible, regardless of their background, to get involved with the performing arts. We are committed to fair access, and aim to encourage students who show real potential to come and study with us.

Our commitment to fair access begins at an early age. We recognise that to succeed at the performing arts, students need to start developing their skills when they are young. We are proud to have launched widening access programmes throughout Scotland offering education from our conservatoire experts – and we hope to see young people from these programmes apply to higher education in the performing arts in years to come.

Figures from the Scottish Funding Council, released in 2017, show that RCS is leading the way in Scotland in attracting applications and entrants to higher education in the performing arts through our award-winning widening access initiatives. We hope to continue and build on these initiatives to welcome even more talented and passionate students to RCS in the future.

In this section you will find details of our Fair Access programmes:

  • Transitions – Our award-winning fair access programme offering fully-funded training and support for young people living in SIMD 20 Scottish postcode areas
  • Widening Access to the Creative Industries – This programme works with pupils from 37 FOCUS West schools in Glasgow
  • RCS at Dumfries House – Specialist music and dance training offered at Pre-Junior Conservatoire level for children in East Ayrshire
  • RCS North East Arts Hub – Performing arts provision offered in the North East of Scotland