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The Gap Year Diploma is a one year, part-time course to develop your acting skills. It is designed for those aged 18-25 who are interested in preparing to apply for an acting course at higher education level.

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The course develops career skills, audition techniques and acting skills, and you will perform extracts from plays in a studio-based performance. This may be an ideal course if you feel you want a year to hone your skills before applying to a full-time course, or to increase skills if you have not been successful at auditions.

You will develop your skills as an actor by taking specific classes in movement, voice and text realisation. This work will be underpinned and linked with audition technique for those wanting to apply to an undergraduate course. There will also be career development sessions offering guidance through the Higher Education/drama school process, and on prospective careers in the performing arts.

In the final term you will rehearse and perform a performance showcase. Although we do not invite agents to this, all students on this course will be seen by an undergraduate course tutor and will be offered guidance on applying to higher education courses.

Student Experience

Former Gap Year Diploma students Polly Waldron and David Thackeray tell A Younger Theatre about their experiences on the course.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent in the English language.

Minimum age for admission is 18.

You must audition for this course.


You can now register for an audition by filling out the form below! Alternatively call us on +44 (0)20 7559 3960*.

Auditions are held throughout the year and cost £10. Please note this is a non-refundable fee.

For your audition you will need to prepare a contemporary piece from the last 30 years of no longer than two minutes duration.

Dates & Duration

The course will run on Saturdays with one final intensive week, see below for exact dates.

2016/2017 Course Dates

Term 1: Acting Fundamentals, career development, freeing the voice, applied voice (audition speech), freeing the body, applied movement (audition speech), 55 hours
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Saturday 10 December 2016

Term 2: Approaches to text: theatre, television, film and radio, character, 55 hours
Saturday 21 January 2017 - Saturday 25 March 2017

Term 3: Rehearsals for the performance showcase, 120 hours
Saturday 29 April 2017 - Saturday 1 July 2017

Term 4: Intensive week of final rehearsals
Monday 7 August – Saturday 12 August 2017

Performance Showcase: 12 August 2017

* Our phone lines are from 9:30am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. During busy periods we will be closed for lunch from 1:00-2:00pm.

Register for a Gap Year diploma audition

Fill in the form below, and we'll contact you to arrange your audition.