ALRA Acting Schools in London & Manchester

Diploma in Acting, Level 6 (Three Year)

Diploma in Acting, Level 6, 3 Year, Professional Acting Course, Acting Diploma Course

Course Leader Aly Spiro
Course Location Wandsworth, London / Wigan, Greater Manchester
Study Level Undergraduate
Study Mode Full Time
Course Length 3 Years
Application £45
Awarding Body Trinity College, London
Validated from 2017 to 2022
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The Diploma in Acting, Level 6 (Three Year), is a programme that is suitable for anyone aspiring to become a professional actor wanting to work in Theatre, TV, Film and Radio. A practical, vocational course, you will learn acting strategies and techniques for stage, screen and microphone; you will train your voice and body; you will gain an understanding of how the industry works.

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    BA Hons in Acting, Three Year Programme students showreel 1

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    Diploma in Acting, Level 6 (Three Year) students showreel 1

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    Diploma in Acting, Level 6 (Three Year) students showreel 2

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  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Dates
  • Admissions and Assessment

Timetables for each course are distributed during induction week and then at the start of each subsequent term. Please note that although we make every effort to supply the full timetable, some changes are inevitable due to reasons beyond our control. All aspects of the timetable are compulsory.


      • Acting: Acting Technique, Improvisation, Screen Acting, Radio Voice: Voicing Text, Technical Voice, Articulation and RP;
      • Choral Movement: Creative Movement, Movement Studies, Anatomy, Period Movement;
      • Combat Context: Script Preparation, Voice Makeup, Physical Theatre, Musicianship, Critiquing, Professional Preparation, Industry Opportunities;
      • Performance: Storytelling, Epic Narrative, Contemporary, 19th Century Realism, American Classic, Tragedy, Comedy, Shakespeare.

Teaching and learning

Year 1 – Play, discovery and exploration – understanding the equipment you have and how to use it

Year 2 – Application of growing techniques - in the acting space, on screen and to the microphone using increasingly complex texts

Year 3 – The public arena - you show your skills to a public and professional audience in films, plays, a tour and two showcases

Contact time is 36 timetabled hours a week during the first two years with professional hours worked in the third year.

ALRA tutors are both trained teachers and professional practitioners. Third year directors are visiting professional theatre or television directors.

Classes are practical involving group, pair and solo exercises; you will be asked to research, reflect and share your discoveries in occasional presentations. Rehearsals can be workshops, script analysis and traditional rehearsals.

Scene Study presentations take place twice every term, with studio presentations in Voice and Movement at the end of every term.

Extra-curricular workshops take place in weeks 5 and 11 of each term

Extra-curricular performances take place at the end of each term.

Public Productions

At the end of the year 2 you will take a Shakespeare presentation into local schools. In the final year you will:

Perform in three plays in the ALRA Theatre, taking one of the plays on a short tour

Record a 10 minute film which will streamed on the ALRA website in conjunction with your showcase

Students make a TV presenting showreel and an audio reel, they also perform in a live Showcase in London and Manchester to industry professionals


Upon successfully completing the Three Year Acting Programme you will be awarded:  

      • Diploma in Professional Acting Level 6 (validated by Trinity College, London)

In addition you will be entitled to Full Equity Membership through our Drama UK accreditation and join Spotlight at the start of your final year

Selection is made by audition. 

In addition you must be:

      • 18 years old at the start of the course, although we positively welcome older students
      • Have 112 UCAS tariff points (NB – exceptional ability and/or considerable life/work experience could be taken into consideration; we would expect you to take an intensive preliminary course)
      • If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English (You may be asked for proof of this).

“The provision for students is outstanding. The curriculum is well integrated in providing professional training for actors for radio, film, television and theatre.”

Course fees

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Three Year Acting North (inc £400 University fee) £0–£7,175~ £9,650* £3,650*
Three Year Acting South (inc £400 University fee) £0–£7,175~ £12,885* £6,885*

Terms Dates

Autumn Term 2016Spring Term 2017Summer Term 2017
From 19th September 9th January 24th April
To 2nd December 24th March 2017 7th July 2017

The audition will give us the opportunity to see what course is most suitable for your level of development. We offer you feedback at the end of your day and discuss your options. We offer you opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the day.

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    ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA’s acting training includes includes specialist instruction in stage, film, TV, audio, comedy, voice and movement and is supported with contextual studies to prepare for work.
  • ALRA is a leading conservatoire drama school with a reputation for training hard working, fully-rounded professional actors.
  • ALRA has built strong relationships within the industry and our showcases and productions are directed and attended by agents, directors, casting directors, writers, producers and our own inspiring Alumni.
  • ALRA’s resident teams are dedicated, talented professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a passion for teaching. Our students are supported in all aspects of their studies.
  • ALRA’s reputation of securing opportunities for students grows each year and our Alumni are working in the West End, Regional and Touring Theatre Productions, as well as in Film, TV and Comedy both in the UK and beyond.
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