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The Application Process


September 2024 entry:

The applications round for September 2024 entry will open from 1st October 2023 onwards.  In the main, prospective students apply through our online portal, which is hosted by Applicaa (please see the tabs below).

NB: A paper copy of the application form can be obtained by emailing


The admission ROUND for September 2024 entry will commence with our Open Week in October 2023.

We admit to Year 10 and to Year 12 only as all of our main pathway courses are for a two-year duration. For September 2024 entry, your date of birth must be between:

Year 10 entry: 1st September 2009 – 31st August 2010 (Current Yr9)

Year 12 entry: 1st September 2007 – 31st August 2008 (Current Yr 11)


            1st September 2006 – 31st August 2007 (Current Yr12)

We are unable to admit students who are born outside these dates for September 2024.

If you intend to apply to start at BOA from September 2024 then you are advised to attend at least one of the events during the Open Week.  Tickets for the open evenings can be booked from w/c 18th September 2023 onwards, for the following dates:

  • Year 10 Open Evening: Tuesday 10th October - from 5.30pm onwards
  • Year 12 Open Evening: Thursday 12th October - from 5.30pm onwards

Admission to BOA is via an aptitude workshop within a specialist pathway. No prior experience is required. Even if you are a beginner, you may have the potential to be very good.

The ADMISSIONS POLICY can be viewed below - hard copies can be requested.


All on-time application forms must be submitted by 5.00pm on 31st January 2024.  Online applications will confirm submission automatically, whilst paper applications will be acknowledged by email within a few working days. We strongly recommend that you send paper applications by trackable post and that you ensure the postage is correct.

If your application is received after 31st January 2024, your application will only be considered after all on-time applications have been considered. You are therefore strongly advised to meet this deadline.

A second round of aptitude workshops for late applicants may take place later in the year but please note:

      • That there may be fewer or no places available via the second round aptitude assessments.
      • That, in the main, the second round of aptitude workshops grants 'late' and 'second chance' applicants (who demonstrate aptitude) access to the 'waiting list'.
      • That events outside of the Academy’s control may prevent a second round going ahead.
      • That the Academy reserves the right to delay or cancel a second round due to operational matters as existing students must take priority.
      • That once the second round has concluded, there will be no further workshops for 2024 entry.


You must only select one pathway on your application. This is the pathway to which you will be invited to an aptitude workshop for, and which – if you are successful – you will be offered a place on. If you are unsure which pathway to choose, it is wise to consider where your personal strengths lie.

Your online application will be locked upon submission. If, after submitting your application, you decide on a different pathway, you will need to email (marked for the attention of the Head of Admissions) naming your new pathway choice and requesting the change to be considered. You should also consider whether you need to include in your email a new personal statement that relates more to your new choice of pathway. Please do not submit multiple online applications – if you need to notify us of any other changes, such as a new address or contact details, please email these to the above email address.

Any request to change pathway must be submitted by 31st January 2024. Requests received after this date will not be considered.

All applications can be made online. We will publish the links to apply as soon as applications open. If you are unable to complete an online application, please telephone 0121 359 9300 or email to request a prospectus and application (please make sure you state whether it is for Year 10 or Year 12).

Please ensure you attach to your online application, or enclose with a paper one:

  • the relevant school reports and attendance breakdowns (these can be obtained from your current school).
  • 2x passport size photographs.
  • Any medical, SEN, or other relevant documents.

NB: Please note that the Academy reserves the right not to run an arts pathway course if there is a lack of viable applications.


We will use these for information purposes only, in the event of you being offered a place. They will not be used to process your application nor as part of the aptitude workshop process.


To ensure fairness to all applicants, any such items that are provided with applications will not be used as part of the application process nor the aptitude workshop process.


*Education Health & Care Plan

Please refer to the sections of the Admissions Policy entitled Consideration of Applications for Year 10 and Post 16 Admission Criteria.

It is important that a) special educational needs, b) students with an EHCP, c) students who are looked after (LAC) or previously looked after (PLAC) are stated on the application in the relevant sections to ensure any reasonable adjustments can be made at the aptitude workshop, if required.  Students and their families (or support workers) must provide all relevant documents in good time in order for access arrangements and/or reasonable adjustments to be made.

How Can I Find Out More?

Open events are advertised on our website:

Email or call: 0121 359 9300.