CUKAS is a bespoke, specialised online admissions service which processes applications to the majority of undergraduate, postgraduate music, some dance and drama programmes at UK conservatoires. It also includes some foundation year courses at pre-undergraduate level and a limited number of research programmes, as well as a number of specialised study programmes.
Although applicants still audition at individual conservatoires, CUKAS streamlines the process of applying to conservatoire courses. CUKAS enables applicants to create a single electronic application that can be submitted simultaneously to up to six conservatoires. The participating conservatoires are Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music (postgraduate only), Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Importantly, applicants can also make a separate application through UCAS to other UK higher education institutions offering music, dance and drama courses, although they can only accept a place through one system.