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Applying for Courses

Our application process is straightforward. Click on the banners below for more information or if you’re ready now, hit the Apply button at the top of the page. There’s no obligation at this stage.


Applying for a course at WaterBear is simple, whether it’s a BA (Hons) or master’s. If you’re ready now, hit the apply button above or apply here. On receiving the completed form, we’ll be in touch to discuss what happens next. And don’t worry, there’s no obligation by completing the form.

Applicant 1-1

All applicants interested in studying a course at WaterBear will be invited to take part in a 1-1 session either in person or by video conference, which is an essential part of the application process. This is where you get the chance to show us your passion for music and why you’re interested in coming to WaterBear. Find out more here.


Students wanting to apply for a 3yr on-site BA (Hons) degree will also be required to complete a UCAS application. Find out more about the UCAS application process here.

Funding and Finance

Courses at WaterBear are approved for UK government tuition fee loans. We also offer payment options and plans for those wanting to self-fund. The finance team at WaterBear are on hand to help you navigate the process of ensuring your finances are in place in time for the start of your course and can advise you how to make the most of your finances whilst you’re studying. Find out more here.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are very proud to partner with some of the biggest names in music to offer various Scholarship awards and free course places. We also offer a range of bursaries to help students fund their studies and activities at WaterBear. Find out more here.


We've pulled together a list of the most common questions we're asked about WaterBear and our courses here.

Open Days

If you would like to find out more about studying with us come and visit us during one of our open days. Our Open Days are relaxed and informal and provide you with the opportunity to find out everything you need to know about WaterBear. You’ll be able to ask questions, chat with staff and students and experience the unique college environment for yourself.


We work closely with a number of local property agencies to help source the best accommodation for you. Brighton is a busy student town, so if you’re coming to WaterBear and need accommodation, let us know as soon as possible and we'll get things moving for you.

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Email: [email protected]

WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

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