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BA Hons: FAQs


When is the application deadline?

We follow the stated UCAS deadline of January 15th however we may consider accepting additional applications after this date through UCAS Extra and Clearing. To give yourself the best opportunity to get a place you should apply in time for the UCAS application deadline.

What is the UCAS course code?


Are there age requirements for the courses?

Yes. Applicants should be 18 or over. 

Is there an upper age limit?

No. We accept people up to any age and often have people in their 40s, 50s and 60s on our courses.


When will I get an audition?

Once DSL has reviewed your application in line with admission criteria you may be contacted in order to arrange an audition. The majority of our auditions will take place in between January and April each year.

When do auditions take place?

Throughout most of our audition season auditions take place on Saturdays. We have first-round auditions in the morning and recalls in the afternoon. Near to the end of our audition season we may arrange ad-hoc auditions during the week.

Do you hold auditions outside of London?

On occasions we do hold outreach auditions in other cities - these should be listed along with the ou rLondon audition dates on the admissions page. Due to Covid-19 we are currently only offering digital first round auditions. We also offer digital auditions for International Students. However, if recalled you will be expected to attend DSL in London for your second round audition.

Is the audition process the same for those applying for one of the diploma courses?

Yes. All applicants for all full-time courses are auditioned in the same way - first round and recall audition including a private interview.

If I do not attend my audition will my application fee be refunded?

No. The application will only be refunded if you withdraw your application prior to booking an audition. 

Can I rearrange my audition?

Yes. If for any reason you cannot attend the audition and let us know at least 2 days beforehand, we can reschedule you for a later date.

What if I am ill on the date of my audition?

We will do our best to accommodate you on a different audition day. Please let us know you are not able to attend the audition as soon as possible by calling the main office and leaving a message.

Do you offer audition feedback?

Yes. At the end of your first round audition you will be given some verbal feedback about your performance. At the end of the recall audition you will be emailed some feedback along with your recall result.

When will I find out if I am successful at audition?

You will be told the outcome of your audition at the end of the session. Your recall audition result will be emailed to you, along with some feedback, within a week.


What happens if I am offered a place after my recall audition?

You may be offered a place, placed on our waiting list or rejected. If successful, you will be sent a contract and other documents relating to the offer along with a deadline. Please note that this is an offer and is not secured until you return the signed contract, pay your deposit and update UCAS.

Is my place held for me?

Yes, but only for a set period. Your offer letter will include a recommended deadline date.

Can I defer my offer?

An offer is valid for 1 year. If you would like to defer your place you will be fast-tracked through the following year’s audition process, without having to pay the application fee, but will still need to attend a recall audition before the place is re-offered. Therefore, the original offer is not guaranteed.


Do you provide Accommodation?

No, we are a small school and do not have our own accommodation on offer. However as we are now partnered with the University of West London, once you have accepted your offer, you would be eligible to apply for their halls of residency. Most of our students rent together in the local area.

What are the class sizes?

Class sizes vary from 11-14 students depending on the academic year.  

How many students are in each year?

This varies year to year. 2020 entry figures for the BA show 36 students across 3 teaching groups.

What are the normal school hours?

Students are usually in school Monday to Friday from either 9am or 9.15am for roll call, finishing at either 4.30pm or 5.15pm. This can vary during rehearsals when students may be required to stay longer, start earlier or rehearse over the weekend.At the moment we are operating on staggered start, break and finish times to minimise congestion in communal spaces. 

Do I get bank holidays off?

This depends on the time of year and the work requirements. They are not guaranteed.

Will it be possible to have a part-time job?

Students may find it difficult to have a part-time job because of the work required outside of school hours as well as the frequency of weekend rehearsals later in the year. If you work is flexible it may be possible for you to work around it. 

Do you have onsite parking?

No. Onsite parking is for staff and faculty only. Students must make other arrangements.

What are the nearby transport links?

We are approximately 11 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway tube station, which is on the central, district and overground lines. We are approximately 12 minutes walk from South Ealing, which is on the Piccadilly line. We are approximately 17 minutes walk from Ealing Common, which is on the District and Piccadilly lines. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.  

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