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    Register for a Gap Year Diploma audition using the form below, and we'll contact you with further information.

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.

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.


Auditions for Sept 2018 entry are due to begin in April 2018. You can register for an audition by filling out the form on this page and we will be in touch when auditions begin again.

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 50 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 2017/2018 dates. Dates for the 2018/2019 course are to be confirmed. 

2017/2018 Course Dates

Initial Intensive week: 25 September - 29 September

Term 1: Acting Fundamentals, career development, freeing the voice, applied voice (audition speech), freeing the body, applied movement (audition speech)
Saturday 7 October 2017 - Saturday 9 December 2017

Term 2: Approaches to text: theatre, television, film and radio, character
Saturday 20 January 2018, Saturday 3 February 2018, Saturday 17 February 2018, Saturday 3 March 2018, Saturday 17 March 2018

Term 3: Rehearsals for the performance showcase
Saturday 28 April 2018 - Saturday 30 June 2018

Term 4: Intensive week of final rehearsals
Intensive Saturday: Saturday 7 July 2018
Intensive week: Monday 9 July - Friday 13 July 2018

Performance Showcase: Friday 13 July 2018

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