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"
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.
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
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.
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.
Principal and Director of the School of Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd)
International director, casting director, writer and composer, having worked for over 30 years in professional theatre in London and Australia.
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 www.factoryplayhouse.com. 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
Following the recent government initiatives to tackle COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are changing our audition process over to a virtual experience.
Emil Dale Academy has one of the most robust triple-threat audition processes for musical theatre training. We assure you this will not be compromised over this audition process.
As part of our audition day, we conduct a Q&A session which we will still be doing via social media. You will be sent details of when this is taking place. Emil Dale will be available to answer any questions and give you an insight into our college life!
Please submit the below requirements to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Our normal audition panel, which includes Emil Dale and our Heads of Departments, will review the submissions and subsequently process each application in detail. You will receive a response within 2-4 weeks as normal with the outcome of your audition.
We have found the best way to submit video files is any of the following options (we have no preference as to the method you use):
Upload the video(s) to YouTube or Vimeo and send us the link
Transfer files using WeTransfer
Upload files to Dropbox and share the link with us
Upload files to google drive and share the link with us
We are sad to not be able to welcome you to our buildings at this time, and thank you for your understanding during this uncertainty.
Please feel free to contact us should you need any further help or clarification. We look forward to receiving your videos and being in touch again soon!
Requirements for Virtual Audition
Please state your name at the beginning of each video.
Prepare and perform 1 musical theatre song, lasting no longer than 2 minutes. This can be accompanied by a piano or backing track.
Gap Year applicants - Prepare and perform one short monologue which can be any style or genre, and from any source.
SIXTH FORM - Prepare and perform one monologue from a published play.
DEGREE - Prepare and perform two contrasting monologues from a published play.
Degree girls - Please avoid Rosie from "Things I Know To Be True" and Leah from "DNA".
The monologue(s) should be performed in your own accent and the character should be close to your own age. Your monologue(s) should be no longer than two minutes long.
We require you to perform some set jazz exercises and a short jazz routine. The exercises are:
4 kicks to the front, and 4 kicks to the side, standing on the spot
A single and a double pirouette, on both legs (right and left
8 jumps in parallel 1st, 8 jumps in parallel 2nd
8 jumps in turned out 1st, 8 jumps in turned out 2nd
Lastly, the short jazz routine should demonstrate rhythm, performance and musicality. We suggest this lasting for approximately 16 bars (however if you already have a recorded or filmed routine, please send us this and make it clear who you are if this is a group routine)
Please submit your videos alongside an email with the following information:
Date of birth and age
Course(s) you are applying for (3 Year Degree, Gap Year or 2 year Sixth Form Course (BTEC) and if you wish to be considered for more than one course
Contact phone number
Do you attend our weekend school? (Hitchin or Cambridge)
Details of experience to date
A short paragraph detailing why you wish to train at Emil Dale Academy
Private & Confidential information
At Emil Dale Academy, we pride ourselves on supporting our students’ health and welfare needs. In order to do this to the best of our ability, we ask you to privately disclose any medical, mental health or learning disabilities. This is done in the strictest of confidences and does not impact your application for a place with us.
Please list any injury, serious illness or disability (e.g. broken bones, asthma, epilepsy, visual or hearing impaired, nodules, eating disorder, mental health issues, autistic spectrum, drug dependency, dyslexia, ENT, speech and language therapist, polyps, cysts etc)
N.B failure to disclose information that might have an impact on your training and which has the potential to reoccur during training
will be in breach of your contract should you be successful at audition and undertake training with us.
Please list any health & welfare needs under the following categories:
Physical Health (including vocal issues) Any injury, serious illness or disability (e.g. broken bones, asthma, epilepsy, visual or hearing impaired, nodules, ENT, speech and language therapy, polyps, cysts etc)
Mental Health(e.g. eating disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar, drug dependency, etc)
Some candidates may be invited to participate in a telephone or Skype/Zoom interview with a member of our panel or senior faculty of Emil Dale Academy. You will be contacted to arrange this after your video submissions.
If you are auditioning for our Degree course, please be prepared to submit copies of your Personal Statement, Photo ID (driving licence or passport) and a copy of your exam certificates (GCSE equivalent and upwards). Note* please do not send original documents.
These can either be posted or submitted electronically, and you will be told when to send these through to us following our review of your videos.
Please note, we are not looking for high production value videos, we simply want to be able to see/ hear clearly what you can do. A phone video recording will be fine.
Should you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact us on email@example.com or by phone on 01462 677808.
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