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ABOUT OUR COURSES

What are the entry requirements?


We would love to have you audition for our exciting full time course (video submissions can be sent now). Applications are open now for 2022 entry, and can be submitted by paper form (download using the link further down this page) or online HERE. Students are usually required to have 5 GCSE's at level 4, prefereably including Maths and English, but can be tutored in either subject to re-sit GCSE Maths and English with us, as per Governement guidelines on retakes. 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! Live studio auditions and open days to be scheduled in due course. Keep checking our INSTAGRAM PAGE.




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 and with the new academic year soon to commence. 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. Live, In-person Auditions We will soon be announcing our open day and audition day dates for 2022 entry. Keep checking our INSTAGRAM FEED for updates. We would LOVE to see you in person.




Are there any course fees?


We are very transparent with our fees and are committed to accessible learning for all, no matter your background or financial capabilites. ASA Theatre Arts attracts standard 6th form 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 24 hour week, with no free periods within the timetable. It is a course that gives you more! 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 15 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 21: 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 21: Physical Theatre Techniques Unit 23: Singing Techniques Unit 24: Street Dance SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES 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. All applicants with a household income of £55,000 or less are guaranteed a bursary. Additionally, Talent Scholarships are awarded in 20%, 50% 60%, 75% and 100%. Please do not be put off applying on financial grounds, even if your household income is over £55,000. We have lots of options available to ensure everyone CAN train with us and we are always happy to help. 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. We also offer The Alana Shirley Scholarship, which is a 100% scholarship awared by the Principal. FEES Top-up fee: £3200 per year (NO VAT) - (approx £59.78 per week). 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.




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 and exceptional success rate with stage school entries. See STUDENT SUCCESS.




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 24 hour per week, inspirational and high-energy course, taught over 4 days, 9.15am-4pm *Industry professional teachers, currently working in Dance, Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts. *Intense, professional training - high contact hours and extreme results. * A timetable of core BTEC hours (15 hours per week), and 9 hours of additional industry training. Timetables vary weekly according to your chosen 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. *Each student will perform in a full-scale musical and theatrical showcase during the course, 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 (2016), preferred by higher education providers. *Regular Masterclasses throughout the year with leading industry professionals. *Regular Audition Technique and Mock Auditions throughout the year, with industry panel. *Over the course (pathway dependant), you will take technique classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial, Latin & Ballroom, Singing Repertoire, Ensemble Singing, Harmonising, Acting, Monologue Preparation, Accents, Musical Theatre. *121 Singing Lesson for each student each week (Musical Theatre pathway only) *Body Conditioning classes for West End Fitness *Pilates for Dancers classes *Professional headshots *Optional Dance and Singing exams with ISTD, RAD and London College of Music to gain graded and teaching qualifications. *Theatre trips** *Multi-studios and facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire with sprung floor, mirrors and barres over 2 floors. *Excellent progression opportunities. Preparation for entry to top London stage schools such as Urdang, Bird, Arts Ed, GSA, Mountview, Laine and Italia Conti - see our STUDENT SUCCESS page for our exceptional amount of places gained. **Additional costs may be incurred for theatre trip tickets and transport. Information will be sent out through the year. ***Timetable will be subject to weekly alterations to accommodate rehearsal time during shows and productions, events such as Move It and Can Your Dance?, or to complete required units, performances or academic work as part of the BTEC syllabus. ***View the ASA Theatre Arts FACULTY to see for yourself the array of 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 super 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. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you to success.




When are your open days?


We invite you to experience a day at ASA. Sunday 23rd January 2022, 1-6pm. FULL DETAILS HERE. Registration required. If you would like to come for a look around the college individually, and meet the Principal, we are happy to arrange this. Please email info@asatheatrearts.com and we can book this in for you. Further open days and audition days will be added soon, keep an eye on our INSTAGRAM FEED for updates.




How do I apply?


Auditions are free! Simply complete the form HERE or download one of the application forms on the same page, and email to us at admissions@asatheatrearts.com along with your 1 minute performance video. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you soon!




When does the course run?


The next intake is September 2022. As a BTEC student, you will attend ASA Theatre Arts College four days a week for intensive Performing Arts training between 9.15am and 4pm. Term dates TBC




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 and performance/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 (£4 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). The educational cirriculum and qualifications are delivered by Virtual Learning UK, in partnership with ASA Theatre Arts Ltd. Established in 2008, VLUK provides a range of services to the education sector, from CPD and teacher training, through to full time education programmes for young people. We are an approved government provider, educating over 1500 young people aged 16-24 each academic year at Levels 2-5.

As part of the Virtual Alliance Group, we have an impressive track record of creating, developing and delivering education projects to the sector. Our Senior team is made up of education professionals and consultants with vast experience of leadership in all aspects of delivering outstanding education programmes. WELCOME Selecting the next path in a learning journey can be confusing for any student. Our dedicated professional team at Virtual Learning UK will help students to make an informed decision that best supports their career aspirations giving the strongest start and the confidence to stand by that choice for the entirety of the course. We are proud to educate more than 1500 students through further and higher education delivering innovative courses specialising in sport, performing arts, business and equine management. We work in partnership with reputable industry partners who share our passion to help students succeed. Our highly motivated team is committed to working closely with our partners to ensure each learner’s journey is informative, supportive and progressive. We want to ensure our students are exposed to knowledgeable, experienced and helpful staff, so that together we can set learning outcomes realistically aligned to each individual’s potential. We review our provision regularly with the aim of improving the experiences of our staff, partners and students. This supports our goal of developing unique learning environments at the heart of industry, with high aspirations and a drive to succeed. We passionately believe in and expect a hard work ethic and unwavering commitment to continual development from everyone involved at Virtual Learning UK. Our aim is that on completion students are better prepared to work in industry and equipped with the foundation skills to become leaders of the future. We are also committed to ongoing professional development of our staff so they are able to take on new challenges and support our students to succeed in the evolving world of work. On behalf of Virtual Learning UK, I encourage students to find out more about how we can support your career aspirations and look forward to welcoming those who are serious about their future. Dominic Anderson
Chief Operating Officer, VLUK