Admissions Process and How to Apply

The RSN is delighted to launch its new Professional Embroidery Tutor Programme for anyone wanting a career as a professional embroiderer and tutor.

This new programme will take its first intake in September 2024. Details on the course admissions process and how to apply can be found below.



We will award five places for 2024/25 entry and an additional place will be awarded to the recipient of the RSN fee-waiver scholarship.

The final deadline for general application for 2024/25 entry is July 31st, 2024. Applicants will be assessed on a rolling basis and the RSN reserves the right to close applications for 2024/25 entry once the course is full.

The deadline for applicants to the RSN fee-waiver scholarship is 4pm on April 12th 2024. If you intend to apply for the fee-waiver scholarship, this is the deadline you must submit your application by. Please see the separate process and procedure for the fee waiver scholarship.

Eligibility and Entrance Requirements

To be eligible to apply for this course you must meet the following criteria:

1. Applicants must be resident in the UK or able to relocate to the UK*.
2. Applicants must be 18 years of age or above.
3. Applicants must show potential for excellence in the art of hand embroidery which will include a demonstration of existing skills.
4. Applicants should demonstrate a genuine commitment to the programme and a willingness to engage in the intensive training and coursework offered by the RSN PET programme.
5. The course is taught in English so applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language.

*You must be eligible for a visa, if required, in your own right. The course itself would not qualify you for a visa.

Application to the Course

All applicants to the course must submit the following:

1. Application form, completed in full:



Application forms are in Adobe PDF format. You will need a suitable PDF reader application, such as Adobe Reader, to view, print or electronically complete your application.

2. Your CV
This must include your qualifications, employment history and any other relevant training as well as any voluntary work you have undertaken. 
3. Personal Statement
The personal statement must address the following areas for the applicant:
i) Your motivations and desire to join the course
ii) Your experience of hand embroidery
iii) Your professional ambitions and goals including how you will benefit the RSN after graduation
iv) how you anticipate supporting yourself through this course.
4. Supporting References
You must submit two completed references. These may be from:
i) A teacher from your school (if attended within last five years).
ii) A lecturer or professional services worker from your university (if attended within last five years).
iii) Your employer.
iv) Someone with good standing in your community (e.g. a GP, priest, imam, or other community leader).
The referees must support your personal statement.
5. For applicants to the ‘fee wavier’ scholarship
Demonstration of financial need/personal circumstances.


Submitting your Application

Please email all completed documents to [email protected]

Please submit all documents in either Microsoft Word (.docx) and/or Adobe PDF (.pdf) formats. Thank you.

Assessment Day

If you are successful at the application stage, you will be invited to take part in an onsite assessment at Hampton Court Palace where you will:

1. Present a portfolio of your relevant work.
2. Complete a technical skill test.
3. Have a formal interview.

If you are offered a place on the course, you must accept it within two weeks and pay a non-refundable deposit of £500. This will be deducted from the first instalment of your tuition fee payment.

Advice for applicants

You will need to attend taught sessions a minimum of two days a week during term times and will therefore need to live a commutable distance from Hampton Court Palace. You will need to cover the cost of travel and accommodation should you need to relocate. As well as the tuition fees, consider the additional costs associated with traveling and staying in the area.

You will be asked how you intend to fund your studies during the application process. The programme is not government funded, and therefore students are not eligible for student loans or grants, however we do our best to keep costs down as much and as often as possible.  As it is essential that you are able to fund your tuition and living costs while attending the three-year programme, please think carefully about how you will do this.


If you have any questions about the course, please contact the course leader, Joanna Hart, at [email protected]. Thank you.