Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?
Please see under ‘Full Time Courses’ for postal application forms.
For the BA course we require both direct applications to the college and UCAS applications – for details please see Postal Application Form tab under Full Time Courses.

How much is the audition fee?
The audition fee is £45.00.

What happens next?
After applying to the college you will receive full details about the audition day by post.

Can guardians stay during the audition?
There will be an introduction to the college by the Deputy Principal & Artistic Director and other members of the audition panel on the morning of the audition. Parents and guardians are welcome to stay for that section.

How does the audition result process work?
We will aim to get results out to applicants within 3 working weeks of the audition.

Can I have a second audition if I am unsuccessful?
Applicants are able to apply to audition only once per year.

What if I am ill on the day of audition?
If you are ill on the day of audition, please let the college know and we will do our best to allocate you an alternative audition date.

What are the entry requirements?
Please see under ‘Full Time Courses’ for details of the entry requirements for each course.

What type of funding can I access?
Please see the ’Funding’ page within the relevant course section on this site

Where can I stay when I am visiting or auditioning at the college?
Hotels in the local area include:
• Travelodge (Sidcup)
• Holiday Inn (Bexley/Crayford)
• Marriott Hotel (Bexleyheath) – 15% off best available Bed & Breakfast rates.  Contact reservations on 0800 699 996 quoting Bird College or rate codes BBDX for a Deluxe Room with 1 double bed or BBDY for a Deluxe room with 2 double beds.  Alternately use the following link to book online:  Book your corporate rate for  Bird College
• Premier Inn (Swanley)
• Campanile Hotel (Dartford)
• The Bulls Head (Chislehurst)Special rate room bookings for visitors to the College, please enquire directly with the hotel by phone or email and quote (Bird College) as a reference.

How can I travel around in the area?
By Bus:  Local buses travel to: Bexley, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Greenhithe, Welling, Dartford, Crayford, Orpington etc.

By Train: Sidcup station is a 5-10 minute walk from the college, with trains going into London every 15 minutes.  The journey will take about 30 minutes and the stations include: Charing Cross, London Bridge, Waterloo, Cannon Street and Lewisham (for DLR).

Trains travelling away from London will go to Dartford, Greenhithe (short shuttle bus to Bluewater).

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Where do students live when studying at the college?
Students aged 16 years old at the commencement of their course who are not staying at home during term-time are asked to reside with a college approved landlady/landlord, unless written permission to the contrary is supplied by a parent or guardian.

Students aged 17+ can arrange their own accommodation and may wish to share flats or houses.

Students aged 18+ will have access to all of the above, plus a limited number of rooms available at the University of Greenwich, Avery Hill Campus.  Students who have gained entry onto a Programme with Bird College will receive detailed information about the above in their enrolment pack.

Can students claim Housing Benefit?
Unfortunately, students at Bird College are not eligible to receive Housing Benefit.

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