“The Foundation Course in Acting was a great introduction to drama school. After just six months I not only felt more confident and open as a person but more prepared to begin my training.”

Freddy Carter, Foundation Course graduate

Funding and Fees

Three Year and One Year Courses

The majority of students on these courses receive support from the Government through:

Dance and Drama Awards

The Oxford School of Drama is part of the Government’s Dance and Drama Award Scheme which provides grants for exceptionally talented people who wish to pursue a career as an actor. Awards are means-tested. The maximum Awards will fund 100% of a student’s course fee and provide them with an annual living allowance of £4,550 in the form of a grant (it does not need to be repaid).

For further information visit www.gov.uk/dance-drama-awards 

Advanced Learner Loans

Students of 19 years and over are also eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help to fund their courses. These are not means-tested and are available even if you have previously had a student loan.

Download our ALL Information sheet here or go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Foundation Course

No public funding is available for this course.

Bursaries and Scholarships

There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available to students facing particular financial hardship.

Garfield Weston Bursaries

These are aimed at students who are facing particular financial hardship. Students who are offered a place will be invited to apply.

Mhairi Armstrong Bursary

This is provided by the family of Mhairi Armstong, former Voice Tutor and Trustee, in recognition of her dedication to the work of the School. This bursary is given to a Three Year Course student at the end of their first year of training.

Laurence Olivier Bursary

The Society of London Theatre offers these annual bursaries to help second year students facing financial difficulty in their final year of training. The School is invited to nominate two candidates to audition for this bursary.

Sir John Gielgud Bursary

The School is invited to nominate one second year student who is facing financial hardship for this bursary.

Constellations Creatives Drama Student Bursary

The School is invited to nominate a student of east Asian origin for this bursary awarded by Yellow Earth Theatre Company to encourage and promote greater participation and representation of east Asian actors on stage and screen.

Spotlight Prize

The School nominates one third year graduating student to audition for the Spotlight Prize.

Equity Student Bursary

Equity makes two awards of £500 each year to help support actors at the start of their professional career. The school, alongside other Federation of Drama School members, nominates two students for the award. Nominated students must be existing Equity Student Members and in their final year of training.

Hardship Fund

The Oxford School of Drama has established its own Hardship Fund which is distributed each year to students on the Three Year and One Year courses at the School. Students not in receipt of Government funding and students with disabilities are prioritised.

Trusts and Foundations

The school provides all successful applicants with information on UK trusts and foundations who offer support to individual students.


Fees for academic year 21/22 will be published in September 2020.