Access & Participation

Supported Application Scheme workshop participants

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Access and Participation activity is designed to:

  • encourage undergraduate applications from underrepresented groups;
  • increase familiarity with the School and confidence with the audition and interview process;
  • provide skill development opportunities, raising participants’ confidence in their creative abilities;
  • offer an insight to the Guildhall School teaching style, ensuring applicants are well equipped to make decisions about their future studies;
  • ensure children and young people have funded access to high-quality training, particularly in music where this can come at considerable expense to families

To achieve these objectives, we run a number of free schemes and projects for eligible young people.

Get involved

Opportunities for those interested in studying at Guildhall include:

Interested in our BA Acting or BMus programmes?

Find out more about acting or music projects and opportunities

Support for current students

In addition to significant support for young people pre-entry, the Access and Participation provide support to current undergraduate students who are underrepresented in higher education.

Other opportunities

Want to visit the School?

We hold one Undergraduate Open Day each year, and many more which are programme specific. Our open days are a fantastic way to find out more about the course and meet current students and staff, and there is often an opportunity to participate in a workshop and/or see our students in action. Find out about our open days

Production Arts

We are currently working with the Production Arts department to develop some exciting opportunities for young people interested in this programme. 

Financial Support for current students

We want to ensure that no student offered a place is prevented from taking up that place on grounds of financial hardship, and so we offer a range of financial support. This includes:

  • Guildhall Access Bursary, specifically for UK Undergraduate students from low income households who most require additional financial support. 30 bursaries of between £3,000 and £5,000 a year will be awarded to successful applicants. Find out more.
  • Over £2million of scholarships given each year to undergraduate and postgraduate students, regardless of domicile.
  • A hardship fund for students who find themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their course of study.

Find out more about our Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Awards, including relevant eligibility criteria.

Get in touch

Email the Access and Participation Team at

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Impact and Evaluation

Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s continued success in Access and Participation relies on effective evaluation and reporting to the Office for Students.

Read our regulatory reports, containing information submitted annually to the Office for Students, and project level reports, which outline statistics, successes and next steps.

Access and Participation - Impact Report 2019-20.pdf