Emil Dale Academy is a funded and private fee paying college.
The total cost of the course is £12,550 per academic year (there are three years in total).
Fees explained - breakdown of fees
BA hons in Musical Theatre: £9,250 per academic year (paid to the University of Bedfordshire) and also comes with access to student finance towards fees and living costs (maintenance loan)
This covers all of the education and support required to complete the University of Bedfordshire degree programme. The University of Bedfordshire is the awarding body for the Cert-HE in Musical Theatre Performance course, taught at Emil Dale Academy.
Private sector hours: Emil Dale Academy offers a range of private sector vocational hours, which is paid privately to EDA.
£2750 + £550 VAT = £3300 per academic year. We offer payment plans which can spread the costs over the three years the private sector.
What are private sector hours?
Private sector hours are the additional studio based hours that Emil Dale Academy offers you throughout your three year course. Private sector hours make up 15-18 hours per week of our three year course. This enables us to provide you with additional contact hours in private 1:1 weekly singing technique lessons (and repertoire lessons in years 2 and 3), ensemble singing, guest masterclass, commercial, contemporary, acting, cardio, acting through song, song and dance and performance class.
These vocational hours and the fee charged are not associated with the University of Bedfordshire.
In order to complete your BA Hons in Musical Theatre qualification, it is not compulsory for any student to undertake the private sector hours.
Scholarships for Private Sector
Emil Dale are proud to offer full and part scholarships which are granted after applicants audition successfully. These are means tested and based upon audition results. We cannot guarantee scholarships to everyone and those we do give are not replenished by any other source of income, and therefore we ask for as much detail as possible when filling in a means testing form.
Everybody should have the right to train at Emil Dale Academy and we do not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or disability.
Tuition Fee Loans
There are two elements of fees payable to participate in the full course (see breakdown of fees above).
For the £9250 per year payable to the University, you can apply through Student Finance for funding for this element of the course (providing that you are eligible to do so). Find out more about student finance here: www.gov.uk/student-finance. This can also be paid privately by the student directly to the University.
The university pay EDA a percentage of this fee to cover the course delivery.
For the private sector fees, students will need to pay a deposit to secure the student's place at our academy by the date specified in the offer pack. You will be given fee payment plan, which gives the options to pay the private sector fee upfront, monthly or in bi-annual instalments.
Accommodation, food, transport, additional course fees and other living expenses will need to be accounted for, and eligible students will be able to apply for a maintenance loan alongside their tuition fee loan.
The exact amount you can borrow for your maintenance loan will depend on:
Your household income
- Where you live
- When you start your course
- What year of study you’re in
- What help you get through the maintenance grant
*Note, The tuition fee loan is not means tested which means that your household income will not be taken into consideration.
This funding is typically paid directly to students in three instalments at the start of each term.
Find out more about student finance here: www.gov.uk/student-finance
Repaying your Student Loan
Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee. Your payslips will show how much has been deducted.
If you are self-employed, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
You’ll only repay your student loan when your income is over the threshold amount for your repayment plan, unless you’ve been overpaid.
Your income is the amount you earn (including things like bonuses and overtime) before tax and other deductions.
The threshold amounts change on 6 April every year.
The earliest you’ll start repaying is:
- the April after you leave your course
- the April 4 years after the course started if you’re studying part-time or doing a Postgraduate Doctoral course and your course is longer than 4 years
- April 2026 if you’re on Plan 5
For more information, you can look on the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan/when-you-start-repaying
Your repayments automatically stop if either:
- you stop working
- your income goes below the threshold
Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
Students may be entitled to a DSA if they have a form of disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).
Please note that this allowance is not based on income but is based on the students' needs.
DSA can be used to pay for various elements such as any additional support, resources or travel fees.
Aside from tuition fees, there are other elements that students will need to budget for including accommodation, bills, food (if they are moving away from home) transport, books, photocopying and printing.
Additional income is often sourced by students through part-time jobs, which the Emil Dale Academy recommends. We strongly advise against loans due to extortionate interest rates and potential implications they can cause.
There are lots of other ways to save money, such as student bank accounts and discounts offered with NUS Extra cards (available to BTEC and Degree students). Full-time students living with other students (only) will also be exempt from paying Council Tax.
When you are offered a place, we will send a Kit List detailing the uniform/ kit required for EDA classes for example ballet kit, jazz uniform and so forth. We estimate the cost of this to be £250.
EDA does have a second hand uniform shop which may help reduce those costs.
At the Emil Dale Academy, we understand that student finance may seem daunting however it really is just a case of being aware of the expected costs and doing some upfront planning to make sure the required finances are in place.