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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.

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Diploma Course Specifications

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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 currently available for the Diploma.

Additional Costs:

  • Uniform, Dancewear & Dance Shoes - Approx £500.00
  • Theatre Tickets - Approx £200.00
  • Vocational Examinations (Optional) - Approx £100 per examination
  • Living Costs
  • Travel & Food
  • Spotlight Membership - Approx £110.00
  • Professional Headshots - Approx £350.00


Sharpe Academy runs an in-house bursary scheme. The Academy will agree to pay a set amount towards a students training if they are unable to afford the cost alone. This is based on household income and proof of income will be required to qualify. We will also ask to see proof of savings and these will also be taken into consideration. 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 Income of
Under £60k - Full Bursary

Total Monthly Fees = £900.00 (36 Months)

Sharpe pays £600.00 
Student pays £300.00 per month 

Annual Household Income of
£60,001-£70,000 -
Three Quarter Bursary 

Total Monthly Fees = £900.00 (36 Months)

Sharpe pays £450.00
Student Pays £450.00 per month

Annual Household Income of
£70,001-£80,000 - Half Bursary 

Total Monthly Fees = £900.00 (36 Months)

Sharpe pays £300.00
Student Pays £600.00 per month

Annual Household Income of
£80,001-£90,000 - Quarter Bursary 

Total Monthly Fees = £900.00 (36 Months)

Sharpe Pays £150.00
Student Pays £750.00 per month

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 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.


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?

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?

Yes. If you are offered a place on the course you can then apply for a bursary. 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.


  • What Accomodation is available?

Sharpe Academy has 4 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, 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.

On-site Facilities

  • 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
  • Located next to an Everyone Active Swimming Pool
  • 2 Minutes walk from Hatch End Train Station (Direct line to London Euston)

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The day after colleges and universities closed due to COVID-19 in March 2020, Sharpe Academy began producing a full timetable of classes for all students. Leading the way with both Instagram LIVE and Zoom based workshops, Sharpe also started regular free classes for performers from around the world to enjoy. Additional online social evenings and guest workshops have also been organised.

Sharpe is now a confident provider of online tuition and should the need arise again, our lockdown timetable provides the very best training available. We understand some colleges feel students do not benefit from online training, we disagree. All our students have benefited from their continued training and we are incredibly grateful to have such an amazing faculty who will stop at nothing to push our students further whether in a studio or in their living room.


Guest Masterclasses during lockdown have included:

Vicki Manser
Six & Sunny Afternoon

Luke Bayer
Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Dan Cooke
High School Musical & We Will Rock You

Matt Wesley
Chicago & Priscilla

Nikita Johal
Weekly Body Conditioning

Pippa Holliday
Weekly Jazz

Bradley Shelver
Metropolitan Opera Ballet New York

Joel Cooper
Musical Theatre Jazz

Jess Parker
Avenue Q Puppetry

Jodon Fox
Kinky Boots

Graeme Pickering
Casting Associate Celebrity Cruises

Philip Comley
Weekly Ballet

Weekly Timetabled Classes have included:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Ballet - Repertoire
  • Ballet - Pointe
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Jazz Technique
  • Modern
  • Musical Theatre
  • Progressing Ballet Technique
  • Acrobatics
  • Body Conditioning
  • Contemporary
  • Choreography
  • Industry
  • Acting - Text
  • Acting - History
  • Acting - Improvisation & Devised
  • Solo Sinigng
  • Group Singing
  • Self-Tape Planning
  • Repertoire
  • Project Based Assessments
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