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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre)

Our professional, triple-threat, two year Sixth Form Musical Theatre course is designed for people aged between 16 and 19. This is a foundation course which is designed to help students gain places at top Musical Theatre Colleges for higher training such as: Emil Dale Academy, Arts Ed, Mountview, GSA, Laines, Bird, and Urdang. This course is a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre), with which you can achieve up to 168 UCAS points; the equivalent of 3 A-Levels. 

“If you can find a like for like Musical Theatre course in the U.K. offering more contact hours with private weekly singing lessons included in fees for less money we will train you for FREE"

Emil Dale

FACT: "SIX students from one Emil Dale year group alone were offered the 3 year MT course at Arts Educational London" 2016. NINE students from one Emil Dale year group alone were offered places at Mountview in 2018.  Other students have been offered places at Laines, Birds, Mountview, Urdang, GSA, Guildhall and many more.

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We audition throughout the year. There are only TWO things to prepare. You will need to learn one monologue of your choice lasting approximately 2 minutes, and one Musical Theatre song with sheet music (you must bring the sheet music with you), cut to around 2 minutes also.

You will take part in one jazz class where you will be taught and asked to perform a routine, and may also be invited for an interview at the end. We are looking for trainability. Many people come to us as a strong singer or a stronger dancer. Do not let anything hold you back! We also offer free open days. To apply for an AUDITION / OPEN DAY please CLICK HERE

Extreme - Triple Threat - Affordable Fees - Affordable Accommodation

"If you can find a like for like Musical Theatre course in the U.K. offering more contact hours with private weekly singing lessons included in fees for less money we will train you for FREE"

Emil Dale

What to expect from the course, weekly / termly / over 2 years:

  • More West End masterclasses every week than anywhere else
  • Amazing facilities - 1 x 12,000 square foot and 1 x 10,000 square foot purpose built studio complex with 12 studios and a 200 seater theatre. (The Factory Playhouse, Hitchin)
  • Participation in a full-scale production accompanied by a live West End band in your 2nd year
  • At the end of their second year, each student takes part in an end of year Showcase
  • Up to 35 hours contact hours a week, minimum
  • A minimum of 31 weeks a year
  • No more than 43 people in a year group

Weekly (**Please note during show terms, we will run a condensed timetable to accommodate rehearsals and shows):

  • Private 1-to-1 singing lesson for every student every week (with top industry professionals from across the UK)
  • Up to 35 contact hours a week (More than any like for like course at this level)
  • 3 x West End Jazz classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x Acting classes (Including monologue workshops for classical and modern, audition preparation & acting for stage and screen)
  • 3 x Technical ballet classes (Streamed in ability)
  • 3 x Ensemble singing classes (Technical harmony workshops)
  • 5 x 45 mins of cardio and strengthening
  • Song and dance class with West End performers (Up to 30 a term)
  • Song workshop to prepare your audition songs with top casting directors & industry professionals
  • Weekly West End Masterclasses (taught by professionals working in top UK Touring and West End shows)
  • Tap dance (streamed in ability)

Additional weekly classes include a combination of the following:

  • Commercial dance (With industry professionals)
  • Contemporary dance (Teacher from London Contemporary Dance School)
  • History of musical theatre
  • Business (UCAS, personal statements, CV & colleges application help)
  • Careers talks with drama school representatives and working industry professionals from stage a screen. (Arts Ed and Mountview have already visited us.)
  • Performance workshop (Perform individually in front of your year group)


  • Musical Theatre or Acting Projects
  • Careers talks with casting directors, agents, and producers

Emil Dale Academy keeps fees for all of our courses down to a minimum. Through our partnership with the Knights Templar School, Baldock, students are able to achieve a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre). In addition, Emil Dale Academy offers a range of additional private sector hours to provide exposure to professional musical performance and to enhance opportunities for your career. These hours are associated with a £4,200 charge per academic year, which includes individual weekly singing lessons, guest masterclasses and more.

In order to complete your BTEC, it is not compulsory for any student to undertake the private sector hours; however these form part of the complete course offering at Emil Dale Academy.

We offer payment plans which spread the costs over 10 months. Many of our students have successfully been granted funding from private companies to help support them at our College. Emil Dale Academy does offer a small number of scholarships - these are granted after successful audition and are means tested.

Do not let funding put you off! Everyone should have the right to train.

The Sixth Form course fees are:

£1,400 a term inclusive of VAT (£4,200 annual)

Please do get in contact should you need any more information

Here at Emil Dale, we appreciate that this will be the first time that many students will be away from home so we give new students as much support as possible in finding housing; whether it be in a Emil Dale Academy student house or for some students who will be moving into host family accommodation.

EDA sets up a private EDA Facebook "accommodation page" which allows new students to be contacted by existing students with information on houses and rooms that are available. This private web page is also constantly updated by EDA with links to useful sites, contacts and potential housing.

The EDA Facebook page is a great forum for the students to speak with one another to form groups and also see what potential rooms may be available in existing EDA houses.


  • Rent is approximately £80-100 a week (give or take depending on property)
  • Council tax is exempt for students for the period of the course that they are on.
  • Students usually set up a house account which they pay approximately £40 each per month into to cover utility bills.
  • Host families are available in the local area who rent out their rooms. Many of these families are teachers and all families require a DBS check.

We are driven by results! Take a look at student destinations by CLICKING HERE


Find out more about the 3 Year Diploma

Find out more about Gap Year

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Our Patrons

Chris Hocking

Chris Hocking

Principal and Director of the School of Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd)

Neil Rutherford

Neil Rutherford

International director, casting director, writer and composer, having worked for over 30 years in professional theatre in London and Australia.

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, she has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthem.

We hold auditions throughout the year and offer places as we go. Audition numbers are limited and we have a secure Covid-19 environment. Our auditions take place across full days (finish times vary) and the fee is £40. Degree applicants are required to prepare two monologues of your choice, and two musical theatre songs with sheet music. BTEC and Gap Year applicants are required to prepare one monologue of your choice and two musical theatre songs with sheet music. All applicants will take part in an open jazz class. Remember that we are looking for trainability. You do not have to be perfect. The audition fee is £40.00 which you can pay online after filling in the form below. The audition fee is non-refundable.

We believe the best way to get a feel for our Academy is to attend one of our Virtual Open Days or to watch one of our full scale productions in our theatre book here Meet the teachers, look around the building and take classes in all disciplines. We only offer a limited number of open days. Please note: You ALSO get to look around, meet teachers and ask questions on our audition days. You can also book a virtual open day below.

Students apply directly to Emil Dale Academy for the BA Hons Musical Theatre course. Students do not have to apply through UCAS for this course

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