Tanya Reynolds

“The teachers encourage you to really look at yourself and find what makes you as an individual, special and different to everyone else. There are no carbon copies being made at Oxford, every student thrives in their individuality.”

Tanya Reynolds, Graduate of the One Year Acting Course, 2015


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Although all restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning have been lifted, COVID-19 is still a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future and so we developed procedures to manage the continued risk to ourselves, others and the training. 


There are no academic requirements for any of our courses.

There is no upper age limit for any of our courses, but you need to meet the minimum age requirement by the time the course starts in September 2023. These are:

Three Year Course – 18 years

One Year Course – 21 years

Foundation Course – 18 years

Our focus is on training actors to work in the industry, rather than training students to get a degree. For this reason, we have decided against offering degree courses.

Nevertheless, we do understand that our students want recognition for their achievements in the form of a national qualification. Therefore, our Three Year and One Year Courses are certified as follows on the National Qualification Framework:

Three Year Course

Level 6 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework

Awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual

One Year Course

Level 5 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework

Awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual

All qualifications are validated by Trinity College London.

We have 19 students in each year of the Three Year Course, 19 students on the One Year Course and 17 in each class of the Foundation Course.

At times in the year, we offer on-line and in-person Short Courses in addition to the Three Year, One Year and Six Month Foundation Courses. Please sign up to our Newsletter to receive information about our Short Course programme.

Applying and Auditions

Applications for September 2023 entry are now open.

We advise applicants to submit their application with us by April 2023 so that we can allocate recall auditions. All our recall auditions are held in person at the school so submitting your application earlier in the season allows more opportunity to allocate you a recall date within your available dates. As the season closes, we can only run a limited number of recall days therefore, you have more chance of being seen at recall stage if you apply earlier on in the season.

Final applications close at midnight on Monday 22 May 2023.

Yes. Please email us at info@oxforddrama.ac.uk with the subject ‘Prospectus Request’ and provide us with your full name and postal address.


The only way to apply is online. 

Audition fees:

£15 – First Round audition by self-tape is paid on application.

£30 – Recall audition fee is paid when confirming your place at your First Recall Audition. All recall auditions are held in person at the School and include a workshop alongside an individual audition with the panel.

We have a two-stage audition fee payment and hope that the lower fee for the First Round self-tape audition will give more people the opportunity to audition for the School.

The School offers a free shared taxi service from central Oxford for those attending auditions.

We also operate an Audition Fee Waiver Scheme, which aims to ensure fairer access by offering a free audition place to eligible applicants who aspire to train at drama school. We are able to offer 100 audition fee waivers to people whose financial circumstances may prevent them from applying to us. 

The Scheme is open to anyone who is serious about becoming a professional actor through drama training. Full details and information on how to apply can be found on the How to Apply page.

Anyone who is currently part of the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up training programme, is entitled to an audition fee waiver. Please e-mail auditions@oxforddrama.ac.uk to let us know that you are from NYT – Playing Up and we will apply a voucher code to your application.

On your application you are required to submit a First Round self-tape link. The self-tape should include an introduction and answer to the following question: Why do you think we tell stories? followed by A classical speech from the 16th or 17th century and finally a contrasting (a different subject, theme or emotion) speech from a 20th or 21st century play. It should be no more than 6 minutes long (2 minutes per section). Please visit the How to Apply page for instructions on how to apply.

The Oxford School of Drama does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor licence and would be unable to issue the documentation international applicants would require in order to apply for a Tier 4 Visa to come and study in the UK.

Therefore, only UK nationals or those with indefinite leave to remain/pre-settled/settled status in the UK, i.e., permanent residency, are able to apply for our One Year and Three Year courses.

From 1 January 2021, citizens from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are able to visit/study in the UK for a period of up to 6 months, without the need to apply for entry clearance in advance. They would therefore be eligible to apply for the Six Month Foundation Course in Acting.

If accepted onto the Six Month Foundation Course, citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are able to apply for a Short Term Student Visa (STSV) on their arrival at the UK port of entry; their passport will be stamped at the Immigration Desk with a STSV, valid for 6 months.

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will not be eligible to apply for our One Year Course or Three Year Course, unless they have pre-settled or settled status in the UK.

  • settled status (5 years continuous residence in the UK)
  • pre-settled status (less than 5 years continuous residence in the UK)

The deadline for applying for pre-settled/settled status was 30 June 2021.

Irish citizens are eligible to apply for any of our courses, and do not require a visa to study or work in the UK or pre-settled/settled status.

For entry in September 2023 all First Round auditions will be via self-tape. First Recall and Second Recall auditions will be in person at the School. If you get through to this stage of the audition process, we will contact you via email to inform you of the arrangements for the day.

It is only possible to come and look around the School on our Open Mornings. Further details of future Open Mornings are announced in our newsletter and on our Open Events page. We hold one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term.

Ukrainian students and their family members supported through the Ukraine Family Scheme, Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme and Ukraine Extension Scheme are eligible to apply for any of our courses. They are also immediately eligible to apply for Dance and Drama Awards funding for tuition fees and living costs and are exempt from the 3-year residency requirement as per the current Dance and Drama Awards scheme guide (2022/23).

Ukrainian students will be eligible to apply for an Adult Learner Loan for 22/23 applications.


The majority of our Three Year and One Year Course students receive funding and so do not pay the published fee rate. For students who pay the full fees because they are not eligible to receive government funding (e.g. they are aged 24+ or their household income is more than £90,000 per year), the course fees are as below for the academic year 23/24:

Three Year Course: £18,200 per year for students who do not receive government funding

One Year Course: £18,200 per year for students who do not receive government funding

Foundation Course (Sept 23 – Mar 24): £8,700 for the whole course. Please note that, unfortunately, there is no public funding available for the Foundation Course.

We want to make sure that everyone can get access to training so we work hard to ensure that applicants who are offered a place on our Three Year and One Year courses can get the financial support they need to enable them to train at the School.

For most of our students that will be a combination of different government funding. There are two government schemes that support our students.

Dance and Drama Awards

The Oxford School of Drama is privileged to be part of the Government’s DaDA Scheme which provides scholarship grants for talented people aged 18–23 years who wish to pursue a career as an actor. The maximum Award 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). The awards are means-tested and eligibility depends on your household income. Once you are offered a place on the Three Year and One Year Courses we will invite you to apply for a DaDA grant. Please note students are not eligible for DaDA funding if they are resident in The Channel Islands, ie. Jersey and Guernsey or the Isle of Man.

Advanced Learner Loans

Students who are over the age of 19 are eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help to fund their course. These are not means-tested and they require no credit checks. They are available even if you have previously had a student loan. When you take out an ALL you will also get access to bursaries to support your travel, living and childcare costs. The School will be responsible for applying for those bursaries on your behalf. The loan will only start to be repaid after you leave the course and only when/if your monthly earnings exceed £2,214 (2022/23).

Bursaries and Scholarships

The School also has a number of bursaries and scholarships available to support course fees and living costs for students who need extra support or who are facing financial hardship. 

For further information about how to apply for funding visit our Funding and Fees page.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government loan that is available to help towards course costs for One Year and Three Year Course students aged 19 and over even if they have already had a loan from the Student Loan Company for a previous course. The loan can be used towards course fees only.

Life at The Oxford School of Drama

No. Students on the One/Three Year courses house share, usually North of Oxford (just 8 miles from the School) or in towns and villages surrounding the School (Kidlington, Woodstock etc).

As the Foundation Course is only six months long, the majority of students on the course stay with local host families, and the School provides a list of local families known to the School.

The School provides a bus service from central Oxford at a subsidised rate. It will pick up and drop off at a number of stops through North Oxford and surrounding villages every day.