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1 Year Diploma: FAQs

The Course & School

When is the application deadline?

We don't have one. We continue to accept applications until our places are filled. Once we fill our places we will either close applications or allow applications for waiting list only. If you can submit an application online, then we are still accepting. 

What is the difference between the 1 and 2 Year Diploma courses?

The 1 Year Diploma is very fast paced and intense whereas the 2 Year Diploma is designed for those who would benefit from a more relaxed learning pace. Additionally, the 2 Year Diploma has longer school holidays and less frequent out of hours work requirements so is better suited to those needing regular out of school employment. The 2 Year Diploma is generally better suited to younger applicants with less acting or life experience.

Do I get an academic qualification?

We are a vocational acting school, and offer these post-grad level training courses as well as the BA (Hons) course. The school is accredited by CDMT and we are validated by Trinity College London to offer their Diploma in Professional Acting qualification which has been assigned level 5 by OFQUAL. The Diploma can be topped up to a BA after your course. Please see the Trinity College London Diploma in Professional Acting page for more information.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

None specific. We expect you to have some acting experience, though this does not need to be professional. 

Are there age requirements for the courses?

Yes. Applicants should be 21 or over. 

Is there an upper age limit?

No. We accept people up to any age and often have people in their 40s, 50s and 60s on the course.

When will I get an audition?

We try to audition people as soon as possible after you apply. We will usually try and book you into the next available audition slot but will also discuss dates with you to ensure we take your schedule into consideration. If you know you cannot audition straight away, it is best to delay your audition until you can.

When do auditions take place?

Throughout most of our audition season auditions take place on Saturdays. We have first-round auditions in the morning and recalls in the afternoon. Near to the end of our audition season we may arrange ad-hoc auditions during the week.

Do you hold auditions outside of London?

Occasionally we offer outreach auditions around the UK and abroad. There is the possibilty of an initial digital audition. If you are applying from the EU and UK we expect you to come to London for your audition. If you are applying from outside of the EU you may like to audition at one of our International Audition Centres. Find out more.

Is the audition process the same for those applying for the BA course?

Yes. All applicants for all full-time courses are auditioned in the same way - first round and recall audition including a private interview. Students applying for our diploma courses are auditioned separately from the degree course.

If I do not attend my audition will my application fee be refunded?

No. The application will only be refunded if you withdraw your application prior to booking an audition. 

Can I rearrange my audition?

Yes. If for any reason you cannot attend the audition and let us know at least 2 days beforehand, we can reschedule you for a later date.

What if I am ill on the date of my audition?

We will do our best to accommodate you on a different audition day. Please let us know you are not able to attend the audition as soon as possible by calling the main office and leaving a message.

Do you offer audition feedback?

Yes. At the end of your first round audition you will be given some verbal feedback about your performance. At the end of the recall audition you will be emailed some feedback along with your recall result.

When will I find out if I am successful at audition?

You will be told whether you are being recalled or not at the end of your audition session. Your recall audition result will be emailed to you, along with some feedback, within a week.

Do you provide accommodation?

 Not at the school. Most students will rent together in the local area. UWL have some accommodation Lets available and you can rent from them.

What are the class sizes?

Class sizes vary from 11-14 students depending on the academic year.

How many students are in each year?

This varies year to year. 

What are the normal school hours?

Students are usually in school Monday to Friday from either 9am or 9.15am for roll call, finishing at either 4.30pm or 5.15pm. This can vary during rehearsals when students may be required to stay longer, start earlier or rehearse over the weekend.

Do I get bank holidays off?

This depends on the time of year and the work requirements. They are not guaranteed.

Will it be possible to have a part-time job?

Students may find it difficult to have a part-time job because of the work required outside of school hours as well as the frequency of weekend rehearsals later in the year. If your work is flexible it may be possible for you to work around it. 

Do you have onsite parking?

No. Onsite parking is for staff and faculty only. Students must make other arrangements.

What are the nearby transport links?

We are very close to Ealing Broadway tube station on the central, district and overground lines, South Ealing on the Piccadilly line and Ealing Common on the district and Piccadilly lines. Visit our Location page for more information. 

Offer & Acceptance

What happens if I am offered a place after my recall audition?

We will send you offer and contract documents in the post or by email (if you are outside of the EU). You must read through these documents carefully.

Is my place held for me?

Yes, but only for a set period. Your offer letter will include a deadline date showing you when your place will be offered to someone else. After this time the offer is still valid if we still have a place available.

Can I pay my fees by monthly installments?

Yes, this can be arranged with our student finance manager once you return your contract and deposit.

Can I defer my offer?

An offer is valid for 1 year. If you would like to defer your place you will be fast-tracked through the following year’s audition process, without having to pay the application fee, but will still need to attend a recall audition before the place is re-offered. Therefore, the original offer is not guaranteed.

Why can't I get a student loan?

Only students on our BA course are eligible to apply for a student loan as this is an academic course. Our 1 Year Diploma is a vocational course without academic credit points so students are not eligible for a typical student loan. There are other funding options to consider and you should visit our Funding page for more information. Most students opt for a Career Development Loan.



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