Funding and Fees

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 

Professional and Career Development Loans

These are bank loans designed to help pay for vocational training. You can borrow up to £10,000. For further information visit 

Other sources of funding:

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.

For students who pay privately, the course fees are:

Three Year Course: £5,495 per term

One Year Course: £5,495 per term

Six Month Foundation Course: £7,840 (incl VAT) for the whole course. Please note that there is no public funding available for the Foundation Course.