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Accepting an Offer and Enrolling

The following outlines the process for accepting an offer of study at the RCA.

If your application is successful you will receive a formal offer of a place to the programme you applied for, or to another programme we believe will help you transition to the programme you applied for. All offer letters are sent via email.

Accepting Your Offer

If you receive an offer of a place, you will be required to accept your offer within three weeks from the date of your offer. Your offer letter includes an offer pack which contains full details about how to accept your offer, terms and conditions, a Confirmation of Previous Qualifications form and Student Visa Checklist (if relevant).

It also contains important information about the 2021/22 Academic Year and how the College is managing teaching during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please read the document Covid-19 and the 2021/22 Academic Year carefully before formally responding to this offer.

To accept this offer, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Please indicate your acceptance within 3 weeks of the date of this offer. You must do this by logging in to the application portal, selecting that you accept the offer and uploading all relevant acceptance documents. Guidance on how to use the portal is in the offer pack.

  2. To accept your place you must also pay a deposit. Payment of this amount forms part of the acceptance process and must be made within the same 3 weeks. Deposits paid count towards payment of your tuition fees for 2021/22. Details of how to make a deposit payment are below. Your acceptance is not valid until we have received your deposit payment.

Deposit Payments

New students are all required to pay a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their place. The deposit is offset against your tuition fees for the first year of study. You will be asked to pay the deposit once you accept your place at the RCA.

Please see below for deposit amounts to be paid per degree programme and for Home and Overseas/EU students. Your offer letter will state whether you have been assessed as a Home, Overseas or EU student for fees purposes.

Home Students Deposit

MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD: £500
Graduate Diploma: £2,000

Overseas and EU Students Deposit

MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD: £2,000
Graduate Diploma: £2,000

Information about how to make your deposit payment will be included in your offer letter.

After you accept your offer

Copy: After you accept your offer you will receive regular communications from the RCA and you Programme team. This can include exclusive invitations to events, reading lists and other study materials to help you prepare for your studies, information on accommodation, campus information, guidance on obtaining a CAS (for international students) and access to our online study platforms.

Applying for a study visa

Most international students need a Student Route Visa to study in the UK. For details on how to do so, visit the Applying for a visa webpage.

Enrolling at the RCA

The final stage to becoming a student at the RCA is enrolling through a process called Registration. This process includes: 

  • Checking of identification documents and, where relevant, English language documentation and any previous visas for study in the UK
  • Checking of previous qualifications
  • Signing up for your Email account (if not already done through pre-student services)
  • Acceptance of the terms and conditions of study

Once you are registered you become a student of the College. You must then complete enrolment, which involves payment of your tuition fee, and confirmation of your access rights in respect of IT, the Library and other College facilities. You may then commence your programme.

Registration FAQs

When and where does Registration takes place?

Registration will take place online for 2021/22. Dates for registration are:

  • 15-month MA and MPhil/PhD Research: From 6 September 2021 to 10 September 2021
  • Two-year MA and MRes: Between 13 September 2021 and 24 September 2021
  • Graduate Diploma: the week prior to the specific January or July intake. 

Full details about your registration day will be sent to you approximately one month before registration takes place by the RCA Admissions team. You will be informed of your time by the Admissions team, together with a zoom link to enable you to complete the process.

Do I need to physically attend the College to register?

No. For 2021/22 we have received confirmation that government regulations do not require registration to take place in person, and so we will register our students online. You will however need to attend your classes in person once your programme has started. 

What documents do I need to provide at Registration?

The full list of documents you are required to supply will be provided to you by the RCA Admissions team. At a minimum you will need to supply:

  • Proof of your degree – you should upload a scan of your degree certificate or a letter from the College. If you have supplied the College’s 'Form B' to your previous institution then you may wish to check, via [email protected], that the College has received this form
  • A scan of the identity page of your passport. If you do not possess a passport then please contact [email protected] to confirm an acceptable alternative

Students who require a visa to study in the UK must supply scans of their BCP card alongside their entry clearance documentation once in the UK, shortly after registration. 

How much do I need to pay to complete Registration?

For all programmes other than the Graduate Diploma, you will need to pay at least 50 per cent of your tuition fee for the year to complete Registration. Graduate Diploma students must pay the full fee at registration. There are a number of methods to complete payment, including the Worldpay online payment system. Further details are given on the back of the invoice which you will receive during August. Your total fee can be found on your invoice, offer letter or at Tuition Fees.

What if my fees are being paid by a sponsor or loan?

Please supply a scan of your letter confirming that your fees are to be paid from an alternative source to [email protected], quoting your student ID. Students applying for a postgraduate loan from Student Finance England will still need to pay the fees themselves, as they will receive the money directly from Student Finance England. Please note that you remain personally liable for fees paid by a sponsor organisation; if they fail to pay your fees then you will need to pay them yourself.

If you are applying for a Professional Career Development Loan (PCDL) to pay your fees you should supply a copy of your loan application or confirmation documentation with you to the [email protected] email address, quoting your student ID number. You will be required to sign the student career development loan declaration to register.  Please be aware that the loan will probably be released in several instalments over your two year registration period, rather than in one lump sum.  This means that you will still have to pay some of your tuition fees each academic year.

Contact us

Any queries about the application process should be addressed to:

+44 (0)20 7590 4444
[email protected]

So we can respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, please include in the subject line of your email your Programme Name, Family Name and Applicant ID .