Clearing – Frequently Asked Questions Your Clearing questions answered
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Clearing – Frequently Asked Questions

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Your Clearing questions answered

What if I have an offer or place elsewhere?

You are only eligible for Clearing if you are not holding an offer or place elsewhere.

If you are awaiting your results, you will need to speak to your firm choice institution to request permission to be released into Clearing. If your place has been confirmed, you can self-release into Clearing through UCAS Track.

In both instances, you are strongly advised to discuss your decision with a teacher or careers adviser as once you have been released, your original offer cannot be reinstated. You should check that the university or institution you want to attend has made you a verbal offer before you are released to Clearing.

Am I guaranteed accommodation?

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School does not own student residences. However, we are in close proximity to several large universities and there is a good availability of high-quality student accommodation within walking distance of the School. There are several commercial student accommodation providers in Bristol.

We can put you in touch with other students accepting Clearing places if you wish and our Accommodation Officer can advise you on the process of finding suitable accommodation.

Should I apply for FdA Production Arts or BA Production Arts?

Our Production Arts courses are both designed to provide you with broad-based training in the core production disciplines needed to work in industry. The FdA course is an intensive, two-year programme and is designed specifically for students who already have some knowledge of stage management or technical theatre or students that have already gained a degree. It is focused on Production Arts for the stage. The BA three-year programme additionally provides training in recorded media; as well as theatre production, you’ll also learn television/film and radio drama production skills, including undertaking a term at the School’s Christchurch Studios.

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You can find more information and enquire about clearing places on our Results and Clearing page.

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018