Full-Time Academy

The Pauline Quirke Full-Time Academy of Performing Arts is our centre for further education, located at PQA Studios in London.

The ethos and vision of the Full-Time Academy is driven by Pauline Quirke’s passionate belief that all students have something to offer, as performers, and as people.

Our team is committed to nurturing and developing creativity and individual performance style, whilst ultimately, encouraging our students to have the confidence to be themselves.

Our teachers have been selected for their considerable professional performing experience and impressive work within performing arts education, to fully meet the needs of our students as they embark on an inspirational journey of vocational training.

Two Year Diplomas in Performing Arts

Our Two-Year Diploma in Performing Arts has been designed to offer our students a constantly evolving experience that mirrors the performing arts industry. This prepares them for the rigorous demands of professional training at the UK's leading drama schools and conservatoires.

Our course is delivered through practical module-based learning with equal focus placed on acting, singing, dance and Film & TV.

The course is continually assessed and monitored through personal mentorship from our core staff and tutors and focuses on individual progress both artistically and pastorally. Significant emphasis is placed on live performance with frequent internal and external performance opportunities during the course.

At the end of the course, students will be awarded an OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. This is a level 3 Qualification, equivalent to 3 A-Levels.


Entry to our full-time course is by audition. To apply, please complete our
online application form.

All applicants will be invited to one of our audition workshops. Auditions take place in November, February, April, and June each year.

Our audition days include a full timetable of group and individual sessions, to provide the most time possible for our team to get to know potential students, and for applicants to fully experience our atmosphere and style of training. We try to ensure all auditionees feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible, so they can deliver to their potential, and have a fantastic experience.

Auditions are now closed for 2020

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 16 years or over at the start of the course.

4 GCSEs grade 9-4 (A* - C) including English Language and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or above.

Areas of study include:

Acting for Stage, Film & TV, Singing Technique, Voice for Actors, Radio Acting, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Dance, Body Conditioning, Stage Combat, Mask and Puppetry, Audition Technique & Repertoire, Community Arts & Children’s Theatre, Devised & Physical Theatre, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Professional Practice & Performing Arts Business.

Pauline Quirke Full-Time Academy