ABOUT OUR COURSES

What are the entry requirements?


Entry to ASA Theatre Arts is by audition only (video submissions can be sent now). Applications are open now, and can be submitted by paper form (download using the link further down this page) or online at HERE. Students are also required to have GCSE Maths and English will be tutored in, and re-sit GCSE Maths and English with us. All of our Maths and English tutoring is done on site at our studios, or via Zoom. You will never visit a partner school or college. Apply HERE!




What do I need to prepare for the audition?


Virtual Auditions/Video Submisisons Currently, all of our applications will require a video submission due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please email a 1 minute Dance solo of your choice, or 1 minute cut of a Musical Theatre song, or a 1 minute monologue. Please email to admissions@asatheatrearts.com It is perfectly fine to send via Wetransfer, Dropbox or Google Drive if the files are too big to email.




Are there any course fees?


We are very transparent with our fees. ASA Theatre Arts attracts Government finance for 600 learning hours per year, which will fund 15 hours of learning per week, per student. At ASA Theatre Arts, we offer a jam-packed 28 hour week, with no free periods within the timetable. Students will receive extra, intense industry training to fully prepare their foundation technique for a career within the arts. This is why a subsidising top-up fee is charged, since the additional hours of tuition do not attract a supplement from the Government. The BTEC units covered within the 16 hours include: Musical Theatre Pathway: Unit 1: Practitioner Study Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission Unit 6: Final Live Performance To An Audience Unit 7: Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts Unit 9: Tap Dance Technique Unit 10: Jazz Dance Technique Unit 19: Acting Styles Unit 20: Physical Theatre Techniques Unit 23: Singing Techniques for Performers Unit 27: Musical Theatre Techniques Dance Pathway: Unit 1: Practitioner Study Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission Unit 6: Final Live Performance To An Audience Unit 7: Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts Unit 9: Tap Dance Technique Unit 10: Jazz Dance Technique Unit 19: Classical Ballet Technique Unit 20: Contemporary Dance Unit 23: Singing Techniques Unit 24: Street Dance Top-up fee: £3200 per year (NO VAT). For your convenience, we offer a payment plan as follows; Term 1 - Full payment upfront (approx £1107.72), Weekly (approx £59.78) or monthly (approx £261.54) payments for terms 2 and 3. Payments to be made by bank transfer. There will be slight variations in the payment amounts, depending on the number of weeks in each month. We are proud to offer a fantastic scholarship and bursary scheme. Students can apply for a means-tested bursary from ASA Theatre Arts upon a successful audition, for both fully-funded and part-funded 'top-up fee' awards. Additionally, Talent Scholarships are awarded in 20%, 50% 60%, 75% and 100%. Please do not be put off applying on financial grounds, we have lots of options to ensure everyone can train with us. We can also help students apply for the government 16-19 bursary scheme, which may help towards travel, books, equipment etc. Each year, we choose one lucky student to receive The Kerry Ellis Scholarship, which is a 100% scholarship, with our training endorsed and supported by Kerry Ellis, promoting the exceptional standard of training at ASA Theatre Arts.




Following the course, what are the progression routes?


With excellent progression routes to stage schools and university degree courses, the 2 year BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 full A-Levels. You can achieve up to 320 UCAS points for university or degree course entry (the highest BTEC mark is D*D*D*, the same UCAS points as A*A*A* at A-Level), and gives students the exciting opportunity to develop their industry performance skills, as well as study the theoretical elements of the performing arts. The majority of students on the BTEC courses will be looking to pursue further professional training at top stage schools. The BTEC courses are designed to enable students to gain places at colleges such as Bird College, Urdang, Arts Ed, GSA, Laines, Italia Conti, Mountview, PPA, Emil Dale and London Studio Centre to name but a few, with ASA already having a proven success rate with stage school entries.




What can I expect from the BTEC courses?


ASA Theatre Arts offers a revolutionary concept in sixth form Performing Arts training. A typical timetabled week would include: *A 28 hour per week, inspirational and high-energy course, taught over 4 days, 9am-4pm *Industry professional teachers, currently working in Dance, Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts. *Intense, professional training - high contact hours * A timetable of core BTEC hours (15 hours per week), and 13 hours of additional industry training. Hours vary axcording to pathway - see details on relevant course page. *The timetable will also include rehearsal time to plan, develop, choreograph, prepare and perform assessment requirements, and complete academic work. (4 hours) *Each student will perform in a full-scale musical each year, as well as featured roles within the variety of performances throughout the year. *Multiple studio and public performances throughout the year. *Community Theatre Project *Equivalent to 3 A-Levels, with excellent UCAS progression to university, help with further stage school entry, or employment within the industry. We are following the most up to date BTEC specification, preferred by higher education providers. *Regular Masterclasses throughout the year with leading industry professionals. *Regular Audition Technique and Mock Auditions throughout the year. *2 Body Conditioning classes for West End Fitness *1 Pilates for Dancers class *Professional headshots *Dance and Singing exams with ISTD, RAD and London College of Music to gain graded and teaching qualifications. *Theatre trips** *State of the art multi-studios and facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire with sprung floor, mirrors and barres over 2 floors. *Excellent progression opportunities.mPreparation for entry to top London stage schools such as Urdang, Bird, Arts Ed, GSA, Mountview, Laine and Italia Conti. **Additional costs may be incurred for theatre trip tickets and transport. Information will be sent out through the year. ***Timetable may be subject to alterations to accommodate rehearsal time during shows and productions, events such as Move It and Can Your Dance?, or to complete required units as part of the BTEC syllabus. ***View the ASA Theatre Arts FACULTY to see for yourself the inpirational teachers you will be working with.




Who are the BTEC courses for?


The BTEC Level 3 (Extended Diploma) in Musical Theatre or Dance is for sixth form students who are keen to pursue a career in the arts, or who enjoy the Performing Arts as a hobby and want to create a springboard to higher education or employment. You could be a singer, dancer, actor or triple threat performer, ASA Theatre Arts has the perfect pathway for you. We are absolutely not looking for perfection in applicants. We are looking for trainability and the enthusiam to succeed. Not all students will be proficient in all disciplines within each course option, it is our job to get you there (and have a lot of fun along the way)!




What are you looking for at the auditions?


More than anything, we are looking for enthusiasm, trainability and a love for Dance or Musical Theatre, depending on the pathway you have chosen. Accepted students should have confidence, energy and above all, be nice people. Just be yourself and go for it! We are a very friendly 'family-feel' school and are there to nurture and encourage you to fulfil your potential and dreams.




When are your open days?


Due to the pandemic, our open days are currently happening as Q&A sessions via Zoom. Dates TBC. If you would like to come for a look around the college and meet the Principal, we are happy to arrange this. Please email info@asatheatrearts.com and we can book this in




How do I apply?


Simply complete the form HERE or download one of the application forms and email to us at admissions@asatheatrearts.com Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you soon!




When does the course run?


The next intake is September 2021. As a BTEC student, you will attend ASA Theatre Arts College four days a week for intensive Performing Arts training between 9am and 4pm.




Can I take Dance and/or Singing exams or teaching qualifications?


YES! Our academy is fully equipped to enter you for ISTD and RAD dance exams in Tap, Modern, Ballet and Contemporary, and teaching qualifications, or London College of Music singing exams/teaching Diplomas. These exams do incur an additional cost for exam entry, and Dance exams will require you to attend specific exam classes in the evenings, but costs are kept to an absolute minimum (£2 per week) to allow you to run exams alongside your BTEC course training.




Who are the course partners?


Our educational partners are Virtual Learning UK (http://www.vluk.org), Stagedoor Learning (www.stagedoorlearning.org.uk) and YMCA (https://www.ymcatraining.org.uk)





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