Full Time Academy

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

Our two-year Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, Acting and Musical Theatre is delivered through module based projects. These projects focus on the practical application of a vast variety of core disciplines and specialisms, resulting in a wide range of performance opportunities throughout your programme of study. Our courses are validated by OCR and Trinity College London and are led by dedicated industry professionals who are outstanding in their field.

Two Year Diplomas in Performing Arts

Our two-year diplomas are designed to equip students with the skills required to meet the demands of the performing arts industry. The course is delivered holistically through practical module-based learning, with equal focus 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.

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Entry to all our full-time courses 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 hopefully have a fantastic experience.

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Minimum Entry Requirements

2 Year Diploma – Applicants must be 16 years or over at the start of the course.

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

1 Year Foundation Courses – Applicants must be 18 years or over at the start of the course. A levels or an equivalent Level 3 performing arts qualification are desirable, but not essential as entry is based purely on audition.

Areas of study include:

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