Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any places still available for the course I’m interested in?
As long as you send your application in advance we can usually guarantee you a space, providing that the course is running.
Is the course I’m interested in running this summer?
Please assume that all courses are running and send us your application form and payment. Should we be unable to offer a course, applicants will be notified in advance to allow them to defer their course to the following year, receive a refund or transfer to an alternative course.
Can you send me more information?
Full details about all Summer School courses is available here on the website. However, if you would like a copy of our Prospectus, you can download or order a copy of our Prospectus.
How do I know if this course is right for me?
Please read the course description carefully as this will help you understand if it will meet your needs, as well as if you meet the course requirements. If after reading this information you still have doubts about the course please contact Short Courses.
How do I know about course content?
Information about course content is available online. Once the course has started, you will receive an indicative timetable and/or a more detailed course outline from your tutor.
Why are there no auditions or selection workshops to join a course?
All our Summer School courses are open-access and so we operate on a first-come, first-served basis. This, however, does not mean that we have low standards. We expect total commitment and excellent attendance from all students. If you do not meet the course requirements once you have enrolled on a course, you may be asked to leave and may be barred from attending other courses at Central.
Who attends courses?
A wide range of people enrol on our Summer School courses, including professional actors looking to update or refresh their skills, those preparing for drama school or university, professionals who want a creative input in their life or those looking to up-skill themselves.
Generally, if you are interested, enthusiastic and committed then our Summer School courses will be right for you!
Can I come to a taster course?
Unfortunately we do not offer any taster courses.
How do I find out about the School’s regulations?
All new students may receive a student handbook if requested, which contains detailed and clear information about rules and regulations.
Will the Summer School help me become an actor?
These courses are designed for people with little or no drama training, or for those looking to refresh their skills. The courses may cover similar ground to certain elements of some actor training courses, but inevitably not in the same amount of depth due to the time constraints of the course. The courses should enable you to develop skills pertinent to a career in performance.
Is there a showcase?
No there are no showcases for these courses.
Will I get an agent?
No, our Summer School courses only offer training.
Do I get a certificate?
No, these are non-accredited courses. We can offer you a letter of attendance upon request, free of charge.
Will doing this course guarantee me a place on the BA (Hons) Acting or other undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees at Central?
No however, these courses are a great addition to your CV and can be cited on any UCAS or NCDS application as examples of your relevant experience.
Who are the tutors?
The tutors are experienced staff who are well qualified and experienced in the given subject area.
What if I am under 18?
How can Central help me if I have dyslexia and/or a disability?
Central welcomes applications from all candidates who meet the relevant entrance requirements for its courses. The School is committed to assuring the rights of disabled and dyslexic students and will carefully consider all applications. If you are disabled and have any questions or concerns about any aspect of a course or its curriculum, please contact Central’s Disability and Dyslexia Advice (link to Contact Us) as soon as possible prior to application and we will be happy to discuss your needs with you. This will help us to promptly meet your needs and requirements. Further information can be found in Central's Disability Statement.
Does Central offer equal opportunities?
Central has an Equal Opportunities Policy and undertakes, through its management, teaching and support staff and students, to promote equality of opportunity for all persons.
Am I entitled to a concessionary place?
Concessionary rates are available for the course that indicate so if you can provide appropriate evidence that you are an EU resident (or dependant) in receipt of state benefits for unemployment and/or disability. Unfortunately, we do no offer concessionary rates to students.
How many concessionary places are there?
Providing that there is still available space on the course, anyone who matches the above criteria is entitled to apply for the concessionary rate,. We are committed to equal opportunities and open-access to all learners.
How many students are there in a group?
Class sizes vary but they are normally no more than 20 students in a group. Groups for Voice courses tend to be no bigger than 10.
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable clothes suitable for movement. You should not wear any jewellery in class.
Can I borrow library books?
Unfortunately you cannot borrow library books, however you are free to browse books in the library and make photocopies.
Does Central offer accommodation?
Central School of Speech & Drama is unable to offer any accommodation for students. The following organisations can provide help with accommodation in London. This information is provided for guidance only and does not constitute an endorsement by Central:
Euracom provides student accommodation from July to September. Tel. +44 (0)208 420 7666
Is there anywhere to eat at Central?
Central has both a Canteen and Café that serve breakfast and lunch, as well as selling snacks and drinks throughout the day.
Does Central offer childcare?
Central is unable to provide on-site childcare facilities. We regret that it is against Central's policy to permit participants' children to accompany them into class, except in exceptional circumstances and with the tutor's prior permission.
Can I smoke at Central?
In the interests of maintaining a comfortable and safe environment for staff, students and visitors, smoking is not permitted in any of Central's buildings.
What is Central’s Alcohol and Drugs Policy?
Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be prevented from attending or from undertaking work at Central, and may be liable for disciplinary action.
What about my personal property?
Central cannot accept liability for loss or damage to personal property.