Foundation Course in Acting - Foundation - 2019/20 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: Students are awarded between 24 and 30 points depending on their exam result.

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 up to 30 UCAS points (depending on the value placed on the course by the institution(s) to which you are applying, and your assessment result).
  • Former students have gone on to train at a variety of drama schools in the UK and in the USA.

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Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are necessary. A letter of reference is required and students may be invited to an applicant workshop day. Students are normally a minimum of 18 years of age.

Admission to this course is via application form and reference. This course is highly competitive and applicants may be invited to an applicant workshop day. We would highly recommend attending one of these workshops in order for the admissions tutors to gain a better understanding of your skills and potential for the Foundation for Actor Training course.

Please view ourGuidance for Applicantsfor further information.

International/EU applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English Language proficiency if offered a place. We require an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS (with no subtest below 5.5) or equivalent accepted English Language test.  

International Students

Entry requirements here

How to Apply

Please apply by clicking onto the ‘Apply now’ Button next to the Full time or Part Time route below.

Applicant workshop dates: To be confirmed.

Venue for all dates: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Acting), Ground Floor, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

T: +44 (0)121 331 7563

We have Frequently Asked Questions sections relating to applying to drama school and to auditioning.

Applicants who apply online will be invited to attend a workshop.

Download guidance for Home/EU applicants

Download guidance for International female applicants

Download guidance for International male applicants

Online application for UK or EU students
Sep 2019 Foundation Part Time (34 weeks)
Online application for non-EU students
Sep 2019 Foundation Full Time (20 weeks)

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2019 FT 20 weeks Foundation £6,000 per year
Sep 2019 PT 34 weeks Foundation £1,800 per year
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2019 FT 20 weeks Foundation £6,000 per year

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.

Fee payment arrangements

Please note: As this course is a 20 to 34 week course, it does not qualify for Student Loans Company finance/funding for tuition fees or living expenses.

Home and EU students

If you are made an offer of a place on this course you will be required to make a £500 non-refundable deposit within three weeks of accepting the offer.

International students

If you are an international student and made an offer on this course, in order to obtain a CAS letter to apply for your student visa you will need to pay a deposit of £3000. The remainder of the fee can be paid at enrolment or by direct debit instalments once you have a UK bank account. More information regarding international fees, finance and Student Tier 4 visa information.

Additional costs

You will be required to equip yourself with clothing and footwear appropriate to the often physical nature of classes.

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

Course Structure

20 week full time pathway

The 20 week full time programme includes two terms of 10 weeks, each week consisting of 30 contact hours.

With professional workshops at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, plus theatre visits and backstage tours, you will be given valuable insight into a challenging but exciting profession.

Classes include:

  • Acting technique – these classes form an introduction to the application of the principles of Stanislavski’s System to the creation of a character and performance.
  • Text work – an introduction to the analysis of a script to discover the dramatic relationships and character clues.
  • Audition preparation – advice on auditioning for drama schools, and individual work on audition pieces in small groups.
  • Singing – an introduction to the creation of character and performance in the medium of song, and individual work on solo songs in small groups.
  • Voice – an introduction to the mechanics and safe use of the voice, one of the actor’s most important tools.
  • Movement and Dance – exploring the use of the body as a tool for the creation of character and the telling of dramatic stories.
  • Stage combat – work in both armed and unarmed combat for the stage.
  • Improvisation – an opportunity to access the creative imagination and explore the uses of improvisation as a rehearsal and performance tool.
  • Theatre visits/back-stage tours – Birmingham Conservatoire is surrounded by a great variety of theatres and performance spaces; we will visit several of these and examine the many performance styles offered by different spaces.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon workshops – Birmingham Conservatoire has the good fortune to be within easy reach of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Students on the Foundation for Actor Training course will have the opportunity to visit Stratford and experience workshops with professionals.

Students also work on two projects per term which usually include Musical Theatre Styles, Shakespeare, Improvisation and Devised work and Modern Playwrights.

34 week part time pathway

The 34 week part time programme is delivered over three terms, two evenings per week, six contact hours per week.

Throughout the 34 weeks you will study: Acting, Singing, Voice, Script Studies and Audition Preparation.

Students will also get to work on one production based project in their final term. 


T: +44 (0)121 331 7563

We have Frequently Asked Questions sections relating to applying to drama school and to auditioning.