Foundation Course in Acting - Foundation - 2018/19 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

How to apply
UCAS Code:
Not available through UCAS − apply direct to the School.
  • Full Time (20 weeks)
  • Part Time (34 weeks)
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
City Centre

This course, with two pathways of delivery to choose from, allows you to learn the secrets of a successful audition, alongside voice, movement, dance and acting classes.

The Foundation Course in Acting, available both full-time or part-time will give you a broad foundation in performance techniques and methods, and will be invaluable to anyone wanting to go to Drama School or take up a place on a performance course at University. It is also available to those who want to expand their experience in acting before applying. Former students have gone on to train at a variety of drama schools in the UK and in the USA.

  • Professional Workshops at Shakespeare's Globe (full-time pathway only)
  • Audition Preparation for Acting and Singing in Small Tutorial Groups
  • Level 3 Qualification (up to 30 UCAS Points)

With less contact time than the full-time route, the part-time option of this course concentrates on the core skills of acting, voice and text. You will work on one major project towards your assessment.

Please note: At 20 to 34 weeks in length, this Foundation Course in Acting course does not qualify for Student Loans Company funding/finance for fees or living expenses. However payment plans and school bursaries are available.

Four students discuss the Foundation Course in Acting
Why consider the Foundation Course in Acting?

Key Facts

  • A course aimed at committed and enthusiastic young people, who have a passion for acting and who want to improve their experience level.
  • 20 full weeks with 30 hours training per week, or two evenings a week over 34 weeks part time.
  • Taught in small, very intensive classes.
  • Class size is limited, and you may be asked to audition.
  • As part of the course you will complete the Trinity Performance exam in Performance which can contribute UCAS points.
  • Former students have gone on to train at a variety of drama schools in the UK and in the USA.

How to Apply

Online application for UK or EU students
Sep 2018 Foundation Full Time (20 weeks)
Sep 2018 Foundation Part Time (34 weeks)
Online application for non-EU students
Sep 2018 Foundation Full Time (20 weeks)

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2018 FT 20 weeks Foundation £6,000
Sep 2018 PT 34 weeks Foundation £1,800
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2018 FT 20 weeks Foundation £6,000

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

While many students will want to move on to train for careers in performance, the course offers a unique experience and transferable skills that will be useful in many walks of life.

Some students have gone on to gain places at BSA to continue their training, while others have gone on to a host of other UK and American drama schools, including:

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Guildford School of Acting (GSA)
  • East 15
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Rose Bruford
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • LIPA
  • Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Theatre School)
  • ALRA
  • Oxford School of Drama
  • American Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Stella Adler


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK