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Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Are there any academic requirements for your courses?

There are no academic requirements for any of our courses.

2. Is there an age limit for your courses?

There is no upper age limit for any of our courses but you need to meet the minimum age requirement by the time the course starts in September. These are:

Three Year Course - 18 years

One Year Course - 21 years

Foundation Course - 18 years

3. Why do you offer a Diploma rather than a Degree?

At The Oxford School of Drama, our focus is on training actors to work in the industry, rather than training students to get a degree. For this reason, we have decided against offering degree courses.

Nevertheless, we do understand that our students want recognition for their achievements in the form of a national qualification. Therefore, our Three Year and One Year Courses are certified as follows on the National Qualification Framework:

Three Year Course Level 6 Equivalent to a BA Honours Degree
One Year Course Level 5 Equivalent to a BA Degree

All qualifications are validated by Trinity College London.

4. Do you offer part-time, weekend, evening or summer courses?

No. All of our courses are full time and run from September through to March, July or the following September depending on the course.

Applying & Auditions

1. When will you be accepting applications?

Applications for September 2020 are now open. Applications close on 31 May 2020 at midnight.

2. Can I order a hardcopy of the Prospectus?

Yes. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject ‘Prospectus Request’ and provide us with your full name and postal address.

Alternatively, you can download a PDF.

3. How do I apply?

The only way to apply is online. All first round auditions are now by self-tape.

Audition fee UK/EU applicants £45.

4. What will I need to prepare for my audition?

For all courses, you will need to prepare a speech from Elizabethan or Jacobean drama (e.g Shakespeare, Jonson etc) and a contrasting modern piece post 1950, each no more than two minutes long. Full guidance on what to prepare for the first round audition can be found on the Apply now page.

All first round auditions are now by self-tape. If successful you will be invited to submit a further self-tape for a first recall audition. Second recall auditions are still planned to be in person at the School.

6. I am an international student, can I apply for your courses?

The Oxford School of Drama is unable to offer Tier 4 Student Visas. We can accept applicants with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

7. Do you hold auditions or open days overseas?

No, all auditions and open days take place at the School.

8. Can I come and have a look around the School before I apply?

Yes, you can visit us on one of our Open Days, when you will have the opportunity to observe classes and talk to tutors and students.

9. Do you offer any audition fee waivers?

We currently only offer audition fee waivers to applicants who have taken part in our outreach programme


1. What are the fees for the courses?

Audition Fee

One Year and Three Year Courses
The majority of our Three Year and One Year Course students receive funding and so do not pay the published fee rate. For students who pay privately, the course fees are:

Three Year Course: £17,200 per year for students without government funding
One Year Course: £17,200 per year for students without government funding
Six Month Foundation Course: £8,200 (incl VAT) for the whole course. Please note that there is no public funding available for the Foundation Course.

2. Can I get any assistance with funding my course?

Three Year and One Year Courses

The majority of students on these courses receive support from the Government through:

Dance and Drama Awards

The Oxford School of Drama is part of the Government’s Dance and Drama Award Scheme which provides grants for exceptionally talented people who wish to pursue a career as an actor. Awards are means-tested. The maximum Awards will fund 100% of a student’s course fee and provide them with an annual living allowance of £4,550 in the form of a grant (it does not need to be repaid). For further information visit

Advanced Learner Loans

Students of 19 years and over are also eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help to fund their courses. These are not means-tested and are available even if you have previously had a student loan. Download our ALL Information sheet here or go to

Other sources of funding:

The Garfield Weston Bursaries

A bursary fund established through a generous donation from The Garfield Weston Foundation. This fund aims to support students in significant financial need.

The Mhairi Armstrong Bursary

Provided by the family of Mhairi Armstrong, former Voice Tutor and Trustee, in recognition of her dedication to the work of the School. This bursary is given to a Three Year Course student at the end of their first year of training.

The Oxford School of Drama Hardship Fund

The Oxford School of Drama has established its own Hardship Fund, which is distributed each year to students on the Three Year and One Year courses at the School. Students not in receipt of Government funding and students with disabilities are prioritised.

Six Month Foundation Course

Unfortunately there is no public funding available for this course.

3. I live overseas, am I eligible for a dance and drama award or advanced learner loan?

Dance and Drama Award

In order to be eligible for a Dance and Drama Award, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a national of an EU country and have been ordinarily resident in the EU throughout the three year period preceding the first day of the course.
  2. Your residence in the EU during these years was not wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education.
  3. You have not previously been in receipt of a Dance and Drama Award.

Non-EU students may be eligible for grants from their home country.

Advanced Learner Loan

To be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan you must:

  1. be aged 19 or over at the start of the course
  2. been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands or the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) continuously for at least the previous three years on the first day of starting your course.
  3. be a citizen of the UK and Islands, have the Right of Abode, or be a citizen of a country that is within the EEA.

You can apply for a loan even if you have already had a loan from the Student Loan Company to undertake a first degree. Non-EU students may be eligible for grants from their home country.

4. Can I get a Student Loan to assist with funding my course?

Government loans are available to help with course costs for One Year and Three Year Course students aged 19 and over even if they have already had a loan from the Student Loan Company for a previous course.

Life at The Oxford School of Drama

1. Do you provide accommodation for students?

No. All of our students live in central Oxford (just 8 miles from the School) or in towns and villages surrounding the School. The majority of students on our Foundation Course live with local host families.

2. Do you provide transport to the School?

The School provides a bus service from central Oxford at a subsidised rate. This picks up from a number of stops before arriving at the School.

The School will provide a free bus from central Oxford for those attending auditions.

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