University Not Only Option… Conservatoires – Daisy C

As you enter the Sixth Form, everything will be about your future. The questions: ‘What is it that you want to work as?’, ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’, ‘Which subject do you want to do at university?’ will feature on a seemingly weekly basis.

Yes, they say that there are other options- RHS is better than most at emphasising the benefits of doing an apprenticeship, going to the army or taking a gap year. But then you’re put on the universal journey of filling in your UCAS, choosing your favourite subject and making a banging (or, at least, vaguely coherent) personal statement and, in a flash, university seems like the only option. Or at least the only GOOD option.

Yes, they mention apprenticeships but your weekly assemblies and tutor sessions will be angled towards university. Yes they talk of other options but every teacher will have taken the university route – you have to get a degree to be a teacher. So even if they try to suggest other routes, teachers are primarily going to advocate for university. Which is probably the most applicable route for most RHS students’ professional goals, don’t get me wrong. For many such as myself, this focused support on university, how to prepare and what to expect has been of endless use in preparing me.

But for some, this isn’t the case…

If your gut says that university is not for you, if you prefer the practical aspect of work or if you just do not want to study academics for another 3+ years then do not despair, there are MANY other options that result in you getting the job you want.

So this week’s alternative pathway will focus on the creative people (musical and dramatic)

You can study art, product design, media and communications and drama at university. But to fully immerse yourself in the more practical, more creative aspect of these arts, you may want to consider another potion. University focuses on the more academic part of these creative subjects, which is great for some but for others feels less geared towards their career and their talent.


Conservatoires are music and/or drama schools geared specifically towards preparing you for the performance industry. Through practical learning and performance opportunities, conservatoires allow those intent on becoming a musician/ actor/ dancer/ stage manager/ prop designer to work on their skill and prepare for their professional life. As well as this, many conservatoires offer the ability to work with an agent and to make connections in the world of performance which is integral to the life of an artist.

And for many, these opportunities are more useful than studying a music course at university. For example, if you know that you want to become a pianist, you may not want to learn the story of Beethoven’s life or how music can be seen in terms of its social context. Instead, you are likely to want to practice, perform and make connections so that the transition to professional life as a musician is much easier. Making connections, finding agents, and performing in different spaces helps to teach and prepare you how to survive as an artist.

In the UK, there are 11 conservatoires as listed below. Most are in London but there are some in other places such as Leeds, Birmingham and Scotland. Although these places can be expensive to live in, they are beneficial to performers as these cities have many job opportunities for students to access after their studies. Some of these conservatoires are purely musical and some are solely for drama, although most offer both. For example, Guild Hall is mainly a music school but you also offer courses in musical theatre, acting, sound and lighting and costume design to name just a few etc.

  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire
  • Leeds Conservatoire
  • LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art)
  • RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)
  • Guild Hall School
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama- University of London
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Royal College of Music London
  • Royal Northern College of Music

The process of application: for most, you will need to submit your personal statement, get two references, send off tapes/ portfolios, attend auditions and interviews in person if they like you and then you may receive an offer.

Pros: Great place to network, gain wisdom, increases personal growth, pushes you out of your comfort zone, practical focused, very inspiring, high standard, ability to collaborate with others

Cons: Very expensive, limits your options outside of the creative industry (unless you go back to university), you do not come out with an academic degree.

Conclusion: If you are unsure whether university is the right option for you and you love music/ performance/ directing/ designing then don’t despair- you have options. Research conservatoires and find out whether this alternative journey should be YOUR journey.

Next week: Apprenticeships …

Leave a Reply

drugs for erectile dysfunction uk enlarge penis permanently products how to enhance male voice in davinci resolve best no prescription ed pills do pain pills make you not have erection facts about male enhancement pills scientific proof yhat any penis enlargement pills actually work pills keep your cock hard at sex after cum safe over the counter sex pills how to cure my sexual performance anxiety gas station male enhancement pills dr phil and male enhancement pills male enhancement pills that actually work what will help you boost your male sex drive new diabetes weight loss pill leann x keto gummies keto blast gummies reddit ace keto acv gummies near me diet pills for menopause weight would hrt help me lose weight best pills to take to lose weight fast how to meditate to lose weight wegovy stomach paralysis symptoms proven diet pills review acai slim diet pills reviews in super fast keto pills cannabis gummies how to make gossamer cbd gummies thc sativa gummies indica thc gummies cbd mints for sleep cbd gummies in combo with hydrocodone does cbd delta 8 help with anxiety pa medical marijuana thc gummy cbd goodnight gummies kelly brogan on cbd for anxiety royal cbd gummies mojito gummy chews thc hemp gummies releaflogic cbd infused sheets benefits

do cbd gummies help with erectile dysfunction is cbd oil for painful menopause sex effective stiff x male enhancement lotion herbal male enhancement pills nz supplement most like viagra top 10 coq10 supplement brands for erectile dysfunction real results from penis enlargement pills cheap erection pills uk male enhancement penis proceudre do water pills affect erection male enhancement pills 34yr old bio science male enhancement gummies alpha male enhancement capsules shogun x male enhancement review garlic to cure erectile dysfunction dominx male enhancement support roman red erectile dysfunction pills ultra boost juice male enhancement sexual wellness supplements for men dr oz shark tank male enhancementoros cbd gummies ingredients could cbd help you sleep better good recipe for cannabis gummies max relief cbd gummy bears balance cbd products cbd gummies with melatonin reviews liquid gold cbd sour gummies delta 8 thc sleep gummies how long for thc gummies to wear off cbd edibles for sleep usa best cbd or thc for pain how long do the effects of cbd gummy last cbd gummies purchase online what are eagle hemp cbd gummies twin elements cbd gummies for sale platinum cbd gummy apple rings how many thc gummies to get high yummies thc gummies flying with cannabis gummies benefits to cbd gummies