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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), which you can achieve up to 168 UCAS points; the equivalent of 3 A-Levels. 

We audition throughout the year. There are only TWO things to prepare. You will need to learn and perform 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 also 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.

Remember: 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 or Open Day please CLICK HERE

"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 1st and 2nd year
  • 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 is a funded and private fee paying college.

Emil Dale Academy keep fees for all 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).

The Education and School Funding Agency (ESFA) fund 16.8 hours a week for each student aged 16-18 studying towards a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre). The fees you pay are for the additional 15-20 hours per week of private sector contact hours which Emil Dale Academy provide under the private sector of the course. These are associated with an  additional £3,500 (+ VAT) charge per year, which is due privately to the college. A number of scholarships are available for private sector hours, and these will be means tested. 

What are private sector hours?

Private sector hours are the additional studio based hours that Emil Dale Academy offers you throughout your two year course. Private sector hours make up 15-20 hours per week of our three year course. This enables us to provide you with additional contact hours in private 1:1 weekly technique lessons, ensemble singing, guest masterclass, ballet, jazz, tap, commercial, contemporary, acting, hot yoga, personal training, cardio, acting through song, and performance class.

In order to complete your BTEC, it is not compulsory for any student to undertake the private sector hours.

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 offer scholarships which are means tested after a candidate has auditioned successfully. Everybody should have the right to train at Emil Dale Academy regardless of their financial background. Emil Dale Academy does 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.

Emil Dale Academy is committed to diversity at all levels: on our stage, in our audience, in our staff, and within our leadership. We strongly encourage candidates of colour to apply for our courses. Emil Dale Academy is dedicated to widening participation within the industry and has set up an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme to encourage applications from talented candidates who are deterred from applying by financial barriers.

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 £80-120 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 our 2019/20 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.

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Please select one of the options below to apply for our BA (Hons) course with access to student finance towards fees and living costs, Sixth Form and Gap Year course.

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Emil Dale Academy is dedicated to widening participation within the industry and has set up an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme to encourage applications from talented candidates who are deterred from applying by financial barriers.

If you would like to talk through your eligibility for a waiver, please get in touch with our admissions team at Waivers are only available to UK residents.

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