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Applications Procedure | ALRA

Our next audition dates are:

Mon 4th December   9.30am   ALRA North & South
Tue 5th December   9.30am   ALRA North & South
Wed 6th December   9.30am   ALRA North & South
Thu 4th January   9.30am   ALRA North & South
Fri 5th January   9.30am   ALRA North & South
Sat 10th February   9.30am   ALRA North & South

Please note, some applicants have reported that confirmation e-mails from ALRA have been filtered into their Junk/Spam folders, so please check in these locations if you are expecting to hear from us, but have not obviously received any correspondence. 

Rest assured, if you have chosen a date, and successfully submitted your audition fee, then your audition is confirmed, and we will be expecting you on your chosen date. 

ALRA has a single audition process for all applicants regardless of the acting course.

Where you audition does NOT affect your campus choice.

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 the day if desired and an opportunity to discuss your options
  • opportunities to talk to staff and students throughout the day

International Applications

ALRA welcomes applications from international candidates whose written and spoken English is of a level appropriate to professional actor training. This will be assessed at audition. Non-EU applicants must obtain a student visa to cover the duration of their studies. If English is not your first language you must be fluent in English.

There are qualifications you can take to help with this. We need a level B2 in the CEFR system (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), a level 7.5 in the TEEP system (Test of English for Educational Purposes) or a level 6.0 in the IELTS (International English Language Test System).

Attendance at a scheduled ALRA audition is compulsory. Pre-recorded audition videos are not acceptable; however ALRA can view international applicants' audition videos as a precursor to inviting them for a full audition. ALRA does not accept students on short-term basis taking part in the Erasmus programme.

Fees & Funding

ALRA is a private school, working within the Further Education sector. Eligible students on the Three Year Acting course and Postgraduate Acting course can apply for a Dance and Drama Award to assist them with the cost of tuition. The Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) are scholarships funded by the Young People's Learning Agency. They are awarded by schools to the students who display the most potential to succeed in the profession.

Only students taking an approved Trinity College London qualification will be eligible to apply for an Award. These courses last between one and three years and are at National Diploma or National Certificate level. Awards offer greatly reduced tuition fees and access to an income-assessed student support fund. For further information about the awards and eligibility, please visit the DaDA website at

You can choose to pay the fee in monthly or termly instalments, or as a lump sum. Because we will acknowledge all paper application forms that are received, recorded delivery is not necessary and normal postage should suffice. If you don't hear from us within 14 days of posting then please contact us at - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audition Guidelines

Applications are now open for entry. Applicants for the Foundation Acting course should:

      • Download the Application Form and the Statistical Monitoring Form.
      • Fill them out and send them directly to ALRA.
      • Read our Audition Guidelines

Deferred Entry 

Please note that we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to any of the Acting courses unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Online Application

There is a non-refundable £45 audition fee for the Three Year Acting courses, and Postgraduate Acting courses. Eligible applicants can be considered for both courses at the same audition; only one fee is charged. Applicants for the full time foundation course should use our online application system to submit their details, upload a photo and pay the £45 audition fee.

Please note, the application system only saves your progress once the application has been submitted; it is necessary therefore, to complete it in one sitting, or you will have to start again.

Click the 'Online Application Button' (right) to commence the process. Please ensure you have a suitable digital photo available, and debit card or Paypal details to hand.

During the application process you will have the opportunity to select from a choice of available audition dates; this choice may be limited at the beginning or end of the entry cycle. You will receive confirmation of your audition date by email at the end of the application process, along with relevant audition guidelines and information on how to find us.

All subsequent correspondence from ALRA will be by email only unless specifically requested. Please ensure your email address is correct. If you have not heard from us in 10 working days please check your inbox, junk mail and spam filter before contacting us.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted from September onwards. We do not have a definitive deadline for applications, but our last auditions take place in April, and the online application system will close when the last dates are fully booked; you are strongly advised to submit your application before the beginning of April in order to ensure that your application is accepted. If further auditions are scheduled, we may accept applications after this date, but you should assume that the April audition is the last opportunity to be seen.

Offer Procedure

Every year ALRA receives around 10 applications for every place on both the Three Year Acting course and the Postgraduate Acting course. We have a limited number of places for these courses at each campus, and it is vital that we recruit an exact number of students.

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