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BA Hons: Admissions

We will no longer be accepting applications for 2020 start after 5 July 2020. This course is now full.

The course is run by Drama Studio London and validated by the University of West London. It is aimed at applicants who would like an honours degree upon graduating and are at the stage of their careers where 3 years training would be beneficial. Talent, passion and attitude are more important than experience.

If you would like to apply for 2021 entry this will open after 8th September 2020 in line with UCAS deadlines. Applicants must apply through UCAS.  Please see UCAS tariff information HERE


Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • 18 years or over when the course starts. There is no upper age limit.
  • One of the following:
    • 112 UCAS points from at least 2 A-Levels (points can also be redeemed from AS-Levels, but only from subjects different to those at A-Level) or equivalent of 112 points from Scottish or international qualifications.
    • BTEC National Diploma at grade DMM or above
    • Pass QAA Accredited AHE course
  • 5 GCSEs with GCSE English (Language or Literature) or recognised equivalent.
  • This is a highly competitive programme and applicants must demonstrate suitable commitment to, and engagement with, performing through experience of some form of performing arts study or evidence an aptitude for and/or experience of performance.
  • In exceptional circumstances students can be considered for entry to the programme having a portfolio of achievement which overall reflects the standard entry criteria but sits outside of the nonstandard entry criteria as specified above. The academic admissions team (DSL and DMU collaboratively) will consider such student profiles on their merits, benchmarking student achievement against the standard entry criteria
  • All students from a non-English speaking majority country will be required to provide a valid SELT (Secure English Language Test) at level CEFR (Common European Framework) B2 or above or at IELTS level 6.5 or above.
  • 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.
  • International Students please click here for details on applying from outside the UK

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 training and future employment as an actor. 

Applications are processed in monthly 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 workshop 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.
  • Workshop auditions are usually held on Saturdays. We cannot confirm you will get the Saturday audition of your choice.
  • Workshop 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*.

*Due to the Coronavirus and government restrictions on travel we are now offering digital auditions to all successful applicants.


  • 3 minutes talking to the camera. Just be yourself and make sure the shot is of head and shoulders. Talk about yourself, your motivations, your likes and your acting experience etc.
  • 2 minutes some full body video shots with movement (dance or physical theatre). Can be set to music or words or silence. Needs to connect with a story or an emotion but need not be a dance unless you are comfortable with that. Needs to show some variation.
  • 2 minutes acting a modern speech.
  • 2 minutes acting a classical speech.


You can upload your audition clips to Vimeo, YouTube, DropBox, WeTransfer or similar and share with admissions@dramastudiolondon.co.uk

Workshop 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.

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 2019
Saturday 30 November
Saturday 14 December SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Block 2 - January 2020
Saturday 18 January 
Saturday 25 January 

Block 3 - February 2020
Saturday 01 February
Saturday 08 February - LDN & NEW YORK

Block 4 - February 2020
Saturday 22 February - LDN & GLASGOW or EDINBURGH
Saturday 29 February - LDN & REYKJAVIK

Block 5 - March 2020
Saturday 07 March 

Saturday 14 March

Block 6 - March 2020
Saturday 21 March - LDN & CARDIFF


Saturday 29 February - NEWCASTLE (ltd postcodes)*
Sunday 01 March - DONCASTER (ltd postcodes)*
Saturday 04 April - NORWICH (ltd postcodes)*

For the joint FDS auditions APPLY HERE

PLEASE NOTE that the Application Process for the NEWCASTLE, DONCASTER & NORWICH auditions are separate from the other auditions and if you are applying for the BA (Hons) Degree Course then you MUST HAVE APPLIED through UCAS BEFORE 15th January 2019 and then can subsequently request this audition. 


  • 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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