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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a university level course?

Once you're happy that you've chosen the right course, you need to apply via You can use the 'Apply Now' link on the course page, this will take you to UCAS. As the Bristol Institute of Performing Arts is part of the South Gloucestershire and Stroud College group you will need to search for SGS when completing your application, the individual course and institutions codes can be found on each course page. Once you've completed your application you'll need to pay the UCAS application fee before submitting your application.

If you need help with your application please call the university level admissions team on 01179092376 or email

I've submitted my university level application, what's next?

Within two to three weeks of receiving your application, we will invite you for an audition/interview.

I've had my university level audition/interview, what's next?

We will offer you a place on a course, which may be conditional on you meeting certain entry qualifications. These requirements will be sent to you along with your offer. You will receive written confirmation of your offer from our Admissions Team. We will also advise if you have not been successful, and the next steps you can take.

Unconditional Offer
- Your place is confirmed and there is no outstanding requirements, welcome to BIPA!
Conditional Offer - If you meet the conditions outlined in your offer then the place is yours.
Unsuccessful - Your application has been unsuccessful and unfortunately we're unable to offer you a place at this time.
Alternative - We would like to offer you a place on another one of our courses, our admissions team will contact you directly.
Waiting List - You've been placed on a waiting list, as soon as a place becomes available our admissions team will contact you directly.

Do I need to accept my place?

Yes. You will need to accept your place as soon as possible. If you're applying for a university level course please ensure you accept your offer within the UCAS deadlines, failure to do so could result in an automatic withdraw of your offer.