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Diploma: Admissions

Entry Requirements

Entry 2019 now open

We are conducting Outreach Auditions at various national and international locations for 2019; please see dates and locations below. 

This course is aimed at postgraduates, those with prior experience or those who may have little previous experience but possess the exceptional, natural talent. Our values are Respect, Endeavour and Enthusiasm and we are looking for evidence of these even at audition.

  • No upper age limit but preferably over 21
  • No academic qualification necessary
  • English language level CEFR B1or above. Your English must be strong enough for you to speak, read, write, listen and comprehend without holding up your training.
  • International Students, please click here for details on applying from outside the UK
  • Reasonable Adjustment. Please feel free to advise us of any difficulties or disabilities which may affect your performance at audition, we will be happy to make any reasonable adjustments that ensure you are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate your skills.

"I wanted to thank you for the very enjoyable couple of days that I had auditioning for the school. I was expecting to be scared witless throughout the auditioning process and instead had a really fun experience. I also want to thank you for your detailed feedback. It is so much more encouraging to have something to work at than just being left without any idea of what I need to improve."  An applicant 

 Please EMAIL HERE after applying online if you wish to request one of the Outreach Audition Locations (i.e. NOT London) See below

Block 1 - November 2018
Saturday 24 November 

Block 2 - January 2019
Saturday 19 January 
Saturday 26 January 

Block 3 - February 2019
Saturday 02 February
Saturday 09 February 

Block 4 - February 2019
Saturday 16 February 
Saturday 23 February 
Saturday 23 February - EDINBURGH 
Saturday 23 February - LEICESTER 

Block 5 - March 2019
Saturday 02 March 

Block 5 continued
Saturday 02 March - CARDIFF, WALES 

Saturday 09 March 
Saturday 16 March - NEW YORK
Saturday 16 March

Block 6 - March 2019
Saturday 23 March
Saturday 30 March
Saturday 30 March - NEWCASTLE (limited postcodes)*
Sunday 31 March - DONCASTER (limited postcodes)*
*CLICK HERE for info on Newcastle and Doncaster

Block 7 - April 2019
Saturday 13 April 
Saturday 20 April 
Saturday 27 April 

Block 8 - May 2019
Saturday 04 May 
Saturday 11 May 

Admissions Process

We look for talent, passion, a maturity of attitude, a certain level of technical ability, a flexible approach and the potential for coping with the demands of intense training and future employment as an actor. 

Applications are processed in fortnightly audition blocks and at the end of each block we release offers to the successful candidates.

  • If offered a place, you’ll be given a deadline within which to accept or decline the offer. After this deadline, your place will be offered to someone else. This offer deadline will be printed on your offer letter. 
  • The audition is a two-stage process: First round auditions are generally in the morning with Recall auditions in the afternoon. If successful in the first round, you will be expected to be available to stay for your recall in the afternoon of the same day (wherever possible).
  • At the end of your first-round audition you will be given some personal, verbal feedback and notified whether you have a recall. If unsuccessful, and you wish to ask for advice on how to improve your potential for success in future acting training auditions, then please just ask.
  • Auditions are usually held on Saturdays. We cannot confirm you will get the Saturday audition of your choice.
  • Audition spaces are limited. It is recommended that you apply for the earliest date possible as, once places are filled, we cancel further audition dates.
  • The audition dates stated below are subject to change.

Audition Guidelines

First Round

A half-day session working with a small group of other auditionees. Following a welcome talk about the school and a warm-up you will be asked to take part in a series of acting and improvisation exercises, either individually or in groups.

  • Please prepare two two-minute speeches from published plays.
  • Let them show different aspects of your talent
  • Please keep your speeches to 2 minutes maximum
  • One must be in verse from a play by Shakespeare or another Jacobean playwright
  • One must be a modern speech from a play written after 1955.
  • You may not be required to perform both speeches to the group at the first-round stage, but you will need both if you get a recall.

We would advise you to do pieces in your own accent, choosing the style based on what you feel you do best and what is reasonably close to you in age and background. In performance be truthful, honest and simple. Let your own instincts guide you, based on having read the whole play - we are looking for what you personally have to offer, not anybody else's interpretation of the speech. So please don't worry if you haven't had any help or 'coaching' on your speeches. We will also be looking at how people respond to feedback or direction.


Another half-day session where the group work with a senior member of the faculty. Usually, the two people you meet at recall will not have met you in the first round. A brief warm-up will lead to performing your two speeches to the group, after which you may be asked to re-work your speech. You will then read through and work on a scene of the director's choice, possibly taking part in further acting/improvisation exercises.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be asked to stay for a 20-minute interview.


  • Your recall result will be emailed to you at the end of your admissions block. You will either be offered a place, rejected, or placed on our waiting list. 
  • If successful, you will be sent a contract and other documents relating to the offer stating a deadline date for response.
  • Please note that your offer is not secured until you return the signed contract and pay your deposit.

Notes on the Waiting List

We aim to achieve the right balance on our student intake, taking diversity into account is important to us, to the profession and for our students themselves. This diversity is not just about visible difference, but also about invisible difference; idiosyncrasies of talents and needs. Whilst we are trying to get this balance we put some excellent students onto our waiting list. This is not because we think they are not as good as others or that we have doubts about them achieving professional standards, it is merely a holding position whilst we try to fit all the pieces together in the best possible way. We will notify you if a place becomes available or if all places are filled. You may be on the waiting list for a long time as people can withdraw from the course very close to the start date. If you wish to be withdrawn from our waiting list please let us know. 


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