Diploma Course Applications and Terms and Conditions

Please contact Central Connects office by emailing short.courses@cssd.ac.uk with your name, address and contact details to book your audition.


Please contact Central Connects office by emailing short.courses@cssd.ac.uk with your name, address and contact details to book your audition. Please note that there is a fee of £10 for the audition. This fee is non-refundable.

Audition process

Auditions are held throughout the year. During your audition you will have the opportunity to address the panel with any queries you may have. Please ensure that you arrive for your audition 10 minutes prior to the start time. All auditions take place at Central. Please note that due to the timeline and duration of the course we only offer one audition per year to each candidate.

What to prepare

Acting and Gap Year Diploma - You will need to prepare a two minute contemporary monologue (from 1960s to present day). Please note that the monologue should not be from a film or TV show.

Musical Theatre Diploma - You will need to prepare a two minute contemporary monologue. Please not that the monologue should not be from a film or TV show. Please also bring the sheet music for two contrasting musical theatre songs, one up-tempo and one ballad. Please choose material that you can connect with to display the emotion and truth in your acting through song. The songs may be cut down and we may only need to hear a small section of one of the prepared songs which we will choose at your audition.


If you are successful in auditioning you will be asked to complete our online application form:

Acting Diploma application

Gap Year Diploma application

Musical Theatre Diploma application

You will also need to send us confirmation of acceptance and a 25% deposit in order to guarantee your place in the course. If we do not receive confirmation within 10 working days, we may offer your place to the next applicant on the list.

Once you have signed up for a course you cannot defer your place. Please therefore ensure that you are able to complete a course before accepting your place.


The full fee must be paid before the start of the course. We ask that each successful applicant confirm their place by paying a 25% deposit within 10 working days of receiving the offer. This deposit is non-refundable.

Credit/Debit Cards

You can pay by credit/debit card by telephone on +44 (0)20 7559 3960*.

Alternatively, you can pay by cash, credit/debit card or cheque at Central’s Reception.


We can offer a scheduled payment plan, but only for exceptional circumstances. To apply you will need to send a written explanation as to why this could be applicable to you. We will respond to you within one week.

Terms and Conditions

Right to Cancel

  1. You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days without giving any reason.
  2. The cancellation period will expire after 14 calendar days from the day of the conclusion of the contract (which will be the date upon which full payment is made).
  3. To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY, UK, Tel: +44(0)20 7722 8183, Email: short.courses@cssd.ac.uk) of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or e-mail). You may use the attached model cancellation form, but it is not obligatory.
  4. To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

Effects of cancellation

  1. Subject to Clause 8, if you cancel your contract within the 14 day cancellation period, we will reimburse all payments received from you.
  2. We will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which you inform us of your decision to cancel your contract.
  3. We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, the Supplier will not charge any fees as a result of the reimbursement.
  4. If you requested to begin the performance of services during the cancellation period, you shall pay us an amount which is in proportion to what has been performed until you have communicated to us your cancellation from this contract, in comparison with the full coverage of the contract.

Model Cancellation Form (PDF, 46KB)


We can offer you a refund, minus a 25% cancellation fee, if you decide to withdraw from a course up to 14 days before it starts.

Unfortunately, within two weeks of the start date we are unable to offer any refunds.


We can defer your place to the next term with 7 days’ notice prior to the course starting. Please note we only offer this once and you are only able to defer to the following term.

Unfortunately, once a course has started we are unable to offer any deferrals.

Course Changes

If you wish to change to another diploma course in the same academic year, we can consider requests before the courses start. Once courses start, no changes are allowed.

* 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.


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Diploma student handbook (PDF)