Foundation Year in Acting

This course is designed to expand your experience of acting and to increase the range of choices and techniques you can use as an actor.

The course is also appropriate for students with Level 3 qualifications already who may wish to add a year to support applications to and Universities or Drama Schools.

Last academic year, one student received a scholarship to the Stella Adller School of Acting in New York. Two students were offered places at Drama Studio London. One student was offered a place with the original founders of Drama Center.

Applicants need to be 19 years or over.

Please email to book your audition.

Course Content

This one-year course includes modules covering audition technique, voice, movement, improvisation, scene analysis, method acting and acting for the camera. It culminates in an end of year public performance in our theatre. There is a strong emphasis on developing and maintaining a professional approach and attitude throughout the course. The teaching and learning is very practical with an emphasis on doing and exploring.
Lessons are taught by a combination of tutors and include workshops, visits, presentations, lectures, group and individual work, debates and discussions and performances.

You will encounter visiting speakers, workshops, acting companies, and visiting local actors, including regular visits from alumni. In previous years this has included: Tom Hardy, Sam Waters, Nic Knight and Cinnamon casting.

The approach is professional and many past students have gone on to gain places at major drama schools and, if appropriate qualified, at universities.

Course Outcomes

You will learn how to use physical transformation as a basis for characterisation

You will learn how to use your voice and adapt it to differing environments and character requirements

You will learn how to use improvisation both as a performance and rehearsal technique and how to apply 'accept and build ' in both uses.

You will learn and demonstrate auditioning technique

You will learn how to interpret text according to the writer's ideas and intentions

You will learn how to 'action' text according to given circumstances

You will learn verse speaking

You will learn and demonstrate professional behaviour in rehearsal, performance and in preparation for these.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Literacy and Language ability (GCSE or equivalent) is advisable, due to script reading and performance requirements

Please email to book your place.

First Class Requirements

Please wear comfortable black clothes that enable you to move freely.

Every lesson will require a note book and pen.

Please bring a water bottle

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance (minimum 90%) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and gain the most from the course.

Assessment Methods

As this is a practical course you will be required to take part in all practical performances

Regular informal feedback and support will be provided.

Further Study Options

You may wish to apply for a drama school offering Degree Level Courses, university, or other Higher Education establishments.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

You may be expected to purchase scripts and given the opportunity to participate in theatre visits, backstage tours etc for a competitive price

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email