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3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting


  • Triple Threat Training in Singing, Acting, Dance & Acrobatics
  • Full-time - 3 Years
  • Min of 30 weeks per year
  • Min of 30 hours per week
  • Private 1-to-1 Singing Lessons every week
  • Musical Production Every Year
  • Dramatic Play Every Year
  • Agency Representation Guaranteed
  • Experienced Industry Faculty
  • London's West End on our doorstep
  • Industry & Audition Technique Classes
  • Advance your Vocal, Acting & Dance Technique
  • Small Class and Year Group Sizes
  • Fully Operational Online Programme (Lockdown Only)

    At the end of the course students will receive the Sharpe Academy Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting. Students also study the TRINITY Associate Diploma in Musical Theatre (Level 4 Regulated Qualification) in Second Year and the TRINITY Licentiate Diploma in Musical Theatre (Level 6 Regulated Qualification) in Third Year. Options are also available to take Fellowship if students wish to progress higher.

This course is aimed at students who have either:

  • Completed their A'Levels, BTEC Diploma or Equivalent Qualifications and wish to improve their vocational skills in order to perform professionally.
  • Completed their GCSE's or Equivalent Qualifications and wish to leave academic studies behind and improve their vocational skills in order to perform professionally. Students under the age of 18 and without A'Levels or Level 3 qualifications will be required to complete certain vocational examinations during the course in order to build their UCAS points.

 Diploma 2

Diploma Course Specifications

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Industry
  • Performance
  • Assessments
  • Fees & Funding
  • Entry Requirements
  • FAQ's
  • Facilities
  • Accommodation
  • Term Dates



From ancient Greece to the Modern Era, you will learn how Acting and Musical Theatre evolved.



You will develop skills in many different types of drama, with a large emphasis placed upon imagination and character creation.



You will study numerous plays throughout your three years, including classical texts such as Ancient Greek and Shakespeare through to more modern-day plays.



You will study the art of Acting for Television and Film, creating your own showreels working with cameras. You will also learn how to self-tape for auditions, which is slowly becoming standard practice for first-round auditions in the TV & Film industry.


You will learn a variety of acting techniques over your three years to help with thought process and character building. You will also study a variety of accents including UK Regional, American, International and RP. You will build a repertoire of monologues, both classical and contemporary.



You will study text in a song and will use your acting skills to really understand your character, analysing lyrics to portray feelings and emotions whilst singing.



You will study the art of stage combat with weekly classes in Sword, Dagger and Unarmed. End of year examinations are available for those wishing to leave with recognised Stage Combat qualifications.



Students are encouraged to take their LAMDA Bronze & Gold Medals if they do not already have them. These exams develop the voice, presentation and drama skills, whilst also concentrating on classical, pre-1980 and contemporary monologues.





You will study Classical Ballet, developing individual posture, technique, knowledge, performance and pas de deux skills. As part of this we also teach our own version of Progressing Ballet Technique.


  • JAZZ
You will work with a variety of choreographers and performers, both in weekly lessons and regular masterclasses.


  • TAP
Our Tap classes focus on Rhythm, Broadway and American street style tap dancing with an emphasis on technique and performance.



You will take weekly classes in Body Conditioning and Flexibility. You will be encouraged to place a healthy and active lifestyle at the heart of your time with us.



You will work on a variety of techniques over your three years learning how to engage mind and body. 



Students have a weekly class in Choreography to enable them to develop their own ideas. Creative thinking is an important aspect of our course and this helps skill building and technique in many areas.



You will work on 'pas de deux' in Ballet and will also concentrate on Jazz partner work, focusing on routines, lifts and tricks.



Our aim, providing you have the determination, courage and work ethic is to ensure you are producing high quality tricks, flips and tumbles by the end of your training. You will build muscle and will develop better posture, flexibility, balance and core­ strength.



Vocational ISTD or RAD examinations can be taken in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acrobatics.





All students receive private 1-to-1 coaching. You will develop individual vocal skills, working on technique, repertoire and performance. Regular showcases and open classes will give you the opportunity to perform in front of audiences to try out new materials and gain valuable feedback.


You will come to understand vocal anatomy, breathing and the science behind the voice. You will develop an understanding of several techniques including the ESTILL voice training method, whilst also looking into artistry and performance styles of singing.



You will have weekly classes working on a variety of materials in vocal groups – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Regular concerts will be given which will allow you the opportunity to perform different materials.


  • VOCATIONAL EXAMINATIONS - Associate/Licentiate Diploma - Trinity
In your second year, you will have the chance to work towards your Associate or Licentiate Diploma with Trinity College London. These qualifications encourage candidates to be multi-skilled, reflective performers in Musical Theatre, preparing and performing a programme of work that shows professional potential. The Associate Diploma Trinity College London (Musical Theatre) is a Level 4 qualification and the Licentiate Diploma Trinity College London (Musical Theatre) is a Level 6 qualification both on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. The Licentiate qualification also requires two further aspects - a written paper and a written assignment. (Optional - Additional exam fees apply)






Each week students have the opportunity to study different aspects of the industry. This includes types of performance work available to performers, expected professional behaviour and standards, industry insight into contracts, payments, insurance, representation and tax affairs. Students are encouraged to discover everything they can to make sure they are fully prepared for the career ahead of them.



Students have regular workshops with Masterclass teachers, choreographers, directors, casting directors and industry professionals.



We invite a variety of performers, directors, choreographers and casting directors into the Academy to offer regular masterclasses to help you perfect your audition technique and gain experience working with new creatives. Question and answer sessions take place, giving you a real insight into the professional world of musical theatre, acting and dance.


Students have the opportunity to meet and perform infront of agents to secure agency representation upon graduation. We do also have an in-house agency - Agent Sharpe and will guarantee a 12 month agency agreement should students wish to begin their career with us after training.



You will perform in one full-scale musical theatre production each academic year.



You will perform one dramatic play each academic year.



In 1st Year you will have the chance to discover additional aspects of theatre such as stage management, lighting, sound, choreography, direction, musical direction, costumes, props and set design. This is part of our Backstage project. This is undertaken alongside our part-time annual musical. In 2022 this will be THE WIZARD OF OZ.



In 2nd Year you will understand how to plan and present a swing folder. You will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of several performance tracks, which we usually run alongside our annual college musical. In 2022 this will be LEGALLY BLONDE.


In 3rd Year you will plan and film your industry showreel. This will be sent along to agents and will also form part of your online Spotlight CV.


You will perform several closed and open showcases during the academic year



Students are assessed on a regular basis in the following ways:
  • Studio Teacher Evaluation
  • Closed House Presentations, Cabarets and Performances
  • Open Public Performances
  • Individual and Group Projects
  • Individual and Group Research
  • End of Year Principal Appraisals
  • Vocational Examinations



3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting
£10,800.00 (Inc VAT) per annum

The course fee includes your training, usually split into 30 hours per week, 10 weeks per term. There are 3 terms in an academic year commencing in September, January and April. Fees can be paid yearly, termly, or a monthly payment plan can be arranged for you.

Student Loans are not available for the Diploma, but we do run an in-house bursary scheme. (Please see below)

Additional Costs can include:

  • Uniform, Dancewear & Dance Shoes - £300.00-£600.00
  • Theatre Tickets - £50-£150 per academic year (Regular theatre visits are organised)
  • Vocational Examinations (Optional) - Approx £100.00 for each Intermediate/Advanced Examination (Options available in Ballet, Tap & Modern)
  • Physiotherapy & Sports Massage - Appointments range from £20.00-£40.00 per session
  • Accommodation & Living Costs - These costs vary depending on your requirements. Please see our accommodation page for our student house information.
  • Spotlight Casting Directory Membership - £110.00 in your Third year of Study
  • Professional Photographs - approx £250.00 in your Third year of Study.


Sharpe Academy runs an in-house bursary scheme. The Academy will agree to pay a set contribution towards a students training if they are unable to afford the cost alone. This is based on household income/savings and proof of income/savings will be required. The Academy will only be able to offer a set amount of bursaries each academic year and we recommend students audition early in the audition season to be considered for this scheme. Once students are placed on our bursary programme they have a reduced fee to pay by monthly direct debit:

Annual Household
& Savings

Monthly Fees
Sharpe Contribution

Monthly Fees (36 Payments)
Student Contribution

Income - Under £60,000
Savings - Under £5,000

£600.00 £300.00

Income - £60,000-£69,999
Savings - £5,000-£9,999

£450.00 £450.00

Income - £70,000-£79,999
Savings - £10,000-£14,999

£300.00 £600.00

Income - £80,000-£89,999
Savings - £15,000-£19,999

£150.00 £750.00

 Bursary Criteria

  • Students must be UK Citizens
  • Students must be aged 16-23 at the start of their course
  • Students must live in a household with a total income of less than £90,000.00 per annum (Proof of income will be required)
  • Students must live in a household with a total savings of less than £20,000.00 (Proof of savings will be required)
  • Students must pay a non refundable deposit payment of £600.00 towards their fees to accept a bursary

Please Note: This scheme is subject to change and may differ from year to year.

Sharpe Academy does award several part and full scholarships each academic year to students who show great promise in Musical Theatre & Acting. All students who audition are automatically considered for scholarships and may also be entitled to apply for an additional bursary. There is no scholarship application form to complete.

Bursary & Scholarship students will be expected to help out during their time at Sharpe with Open Days, Audition Days, Photo Shoots and productions.


The Sharpe Academy Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting is equivelent to a Level 6 University Degree and is an in house qualification. 


  • Minimum Age: 16 (Avg starting age: 18)
  • Entry is by Audition only.
  • Students should be able to read and write to GCSE standard or above.

Students do not require any formal qualifications to audition or be accepted onto our 3 Year Diploma course.

Places will be offered to students who we feel can have a successful career as musical theatre performers. All students who wish to be considered for a place must attend an audition. To book a FREE audition please complete our online application form. Once we receive your application you will be invited to one of our audition days.


  • How do I apply?

To apply for our 3 Year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting please complete our online application form.


  • Do I need to have studied all areas of performance before (Singing, Acting and Dance) ?

No. You should however be advanced in either Singing or Dance. Whilst we give an equal amount of time to Acting to make sure students are fully prepared for a career, in order to be successful in Musical Theatre you will need either many years of dance training behind you or an excellent singing voice. If Acting is your main skill and you don't feel your Singing or Dance have professional potential then this course would not be the right one for you.


  • What qualification will I receive?

This is a three year Vocational course and all graduates are awarded the Sharpe Academy Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting. This course is recognised by SPOTLIGHT and will entitle you to Spotlight Graduate Membership. Please note this is an additional cost.


  • Can I apply for a bursary?

We offer 16 bursaries per academic year. If you are offered a place on the course then you may apply for a bursary providing we still have enpough available. Proof of income and savings will be required.


  • Do you award scholarships?

Yes. As we receive no public funding for the Diploma the scholarships are paid for in full by Sharpe Academy. We will only consider students of the highest professional potential for scholarships. Part scholarships are also available. 


  • What Accomodation is available?

Sharpe Academy has several student residences within easy reach of college. Single, Double and King size bedrooms with or without en-suite shower rooms are available. Places must be accepted by April 2022 in order to guarantee a room. Please see our accommodation page.  


  • Where is Sharpe Academy?

Hatch End, Harrow, North West London


  • What is the nearest train station?

Hatch End station is 2 minutes from college and has a direct train line into London Euston.

Sharpe Academy is based in HARROW ARTS CENTRE, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Greater London, HA5 4EA

On-site Facilities include:

Professional Dance Studios Theory Rooms Rehearsal Spaces
Outdoor Recreational Spaces 500 Seat Professional Theatre Recording Studio & Editing Suite
Student Hub with fridges, Microwaves, TV Parking 2 Minutes walk from Hatch End Train Station (Direct line to London Euston)


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Moving away from home can be both exciting and scary at the same time. We want our students to feel safe, secure and have a real home to relax in when not at college. Our student houses are designed to the highest standards. Houses are within easy travel of College and all include a shared Lounge, Bathroom, Garden and fully equipped Kitchen.

Houses are licenced HMO properties and all include:

Fire Doors Integrated Fire Alarm Gas Safety Certificate
Tv Licence Internet - Wifi All bills included
Garden Shared Living Area 24/7 Support & Assistance

Individual Bedrooms all include:

- Bed (Single, Small Double, Double and King Available)
- En Suite available in some houses or shared facilities
- Chest of Drawers
- Wardrobe
- Bedside Table with Lamp
- Mini Fridge
- Television


Weekly Cost (40 Week Contract)

Agreement (Full Cost)

Small Double with Shared Facilities £170.00 per week £6,800.00
Large Double with Shared Facilities £185.00 per week £7,400.00
King with Shared Facilities £195.00 per week £7,800.00
Single with Ensuite £205.00 per week £8,200.00
Small Double with Ensuite £215.00 per week £8,600.00

Please Note: Students may be entitled to an additional accommodation bursary or student funding maintenance loan to help towards accommodation costs. 

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Induction Days (First Year Students): Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th September 2022
During our induction days students will be assessed to be placed into the correct level classes for Ballet, Tap and Modern

STUDY BLOCKS 2022-2023


12th September to 20th January

Winter Break
12th December to 1st January

23rd January to 26th May

Spring Break
3rd April to 16th April

5th June - 9th July

Students must be available during this time to participate in our annual production shows.

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