FAQs

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General FAQs

What Covid-19 measures have you put in place?

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff is of paramount importance to us.

Following government advice, we have put the following measures into place:

  • Detailed communications with all students, staff and parents/carers regarding the ‘dos and don’ts’ i.e. when not to come into the building and how to report symptoms etc. (see next question below)
  • Temperature checks on arrival to our building for all students, staff and visitors.
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks in all public areas (corridors, foyers, stairways etc.)
  • One-way system.
  • Signage and verbal reminders to wash hands regularly and to use our sanitiser stations.
  • Blended learning (some teaching delivered remotely).
  • Year groups exist in ‘bubbles’ to lessen unnecessary mixing of groups.
  • Increased cleaning schedule focussed on areas such as door handles, stair banisters, toilets etc.

We are monitoring the ongoing Covid-19 situation as it unfolds and are in regular contact with local health authorities to ensure our building and practices are compliant with government guidelines.

What Covid-19 regulations are in place for staff and students?

We are following all current guidance from the government.

Students and staff are required to adhere to the following health and safety guidelines:

  1. Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school/college.
  2. Clean hands thoroughly and more often than usual, using soap and water or hand sanitiser. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin.
  3. Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  4. Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  5. Where necessary, wear appropriate PPE. This could be for ensemble singing. You should provide your own visors.
  6. Take your temperature every day before coming to college. If it is 37.8C or higher you must stay at home.
  7. You must sanitise or wash your hands immediately on arrival, dispose of temporary face coverings in a covered bin or place reusable face coverings in a plastic bag you can take home with you, and then use sanitiser or wash your hands again before heading to your classroom.
  8. If you have morning classes your lunch must be taken out of college after these classes.
  9. If you have afternoon classes you must have lunch out of college before these classes.
  10. Ensure that you are only in the building when you have classes.
  11. Do not hang about in corridors or the foyer.
  12. Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.
  13. Do not come into college if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or have tested positive in the last 7 days, and ensuring anyone developing those symptoms during the day is sent home, are essential actions to reduce the risk and further drive down transmission of ​the virus.
  14. If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home. They must be advised to follow ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
  15. Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who is unwell.
  16. If someone becomes ill in your half-group, you must all self-isolate for 14 days.
  17. If someone becomes ill in your household you must all self-isolate for 14 days.
  18. Book a test if you are displaying symptoms – staff and students must not come into college if they have symptoms, and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop them when at college.
  19. You must provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with if you were to test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and are contacted by NHS Test and Trace
  20. Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS website.
  21. If you test negative, if you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus (COVID-19), you can stop self-isolating (you could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until you are better – other members of your household can stop self-isolating)
  22. If you test positive, you should follow the Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and must self-isolate for at least 7 days from the onset of your symptoms and then return to college only if you do not have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste (this is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone – the 7-day period starts from the day when you first became ill – if you still have a high temperature, you should keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal, and other members of your household should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days)
Do you hold any open days?

Usually our audition days are open days, and our public productions are a fantastic way to see the results of our excellent training at first hand. Due to current social distancing regulations and restrictions on audience numbers, we have had to adapt our processes.

First round auditions will be via video self-tapes, however if you’re invited to a second round you will come to our building and that will be an opportunity to see our facilities.

We are currently exploring other ways for people to virtually see us and will advertise when plans are finalised.

Is entry via UCAS?

No, entry is through direct application and audition.

When is the closing date for receipt of applications?

March for entry in September of the same year.

I have already done a year on a different BA/Diploma course but don’t like it. Am I able to transfer onto the ArtsEd course and go straight into the second year?

Student transfer arrangements

The only entry point onto ArtsEd’s courses is at the start of each programme.  Therefore students cannot transfer credits achieved at another higher education institution to join ArtsEd’s programmes part way through.

Normally, degrees can only be awarded on successful completion of all years or parts of the programme.  However, students who have successfully completed either year 1 or year 2 of their undergraduate study, and who wish to transfer from ArtsEd to another institution, may, at the discretion of the Assessment Board, be granted an exit award.

Transfer between programmes at ArtsEd is also not permitted.

What’s the minimum and maximum applicant age?

You need to be 18 when the course commences. There is no maximum age.

Do you take students from overseas?

We welcome students from across the globe, but please bear in mind that non-EU students need to have a student visa. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their English proficiency with a TOEFL score of 6 or higher.

Are you able to audition via video or DVD?

This is not usually an option other than for International students or in exceptional circumstances. However, due to the current Covid-19 situation, first round auditions this year will be via video self-tape.

How much assistance will I receive in organising my finances?

You will need to organise your own finances, but you may find the Funding & Scholarships page useful.

Can I pay my fees monthly?

It is not possible to pay fees monthly; however, we will review requests on an individual basis.

Will disability affect my application?

No, but please notify us of any access needs or special requirements prior to your audition.

Are you allowed to have a part-time job whilst studying?

Yes, but the courses are very intensive, so you will need to take this into account.

Are there any residential halls for new students?

No, but the school will send an accommodation list with details of local letting agents. Most students live locally in rented accommodation in shared flats and houses.

How do I find people to live with?

Students looking for flat shares often find accommodation through student postings on social media. If you are offered a place at the school, search for the ArtsEd community via Facebook and Twitter.

What can I expect to pay for rent in the area?

The average rent for a room in a shared house is about £100-150 per week.

What is Chiswick like?

Chiswick is a leafy suburb in London, Zone 2. It has a vibrant shopping, café and bar culture, and is well connected with tubes and buses into Central London.

What is the nearest tube station?

Turnham Green Station is approximately a three-minute walk from ArtsEd and under 30 minutes from Central London.

Is there a canteen at school and what’s the average price of lunch?

There is an ArtsEd canteen and you can generally eat lunch for under £5. Card and Cash are accepted.

Is there a physiotherapist at the school and if so, do we have to pay for this and when are they available?

We have visits from a physiotherapist two or three times per week at a heavily discounted rate. This is cash only.

What support does the college offer for any injuries I may sustain during the course?

In addition to our physiotherapist, we have a fitness and wellbeing instructor for rehabilitation, and can provide access to an osteopathic consultant and a teacher trained in the Alexander Technique. We also offer a free counselling service.

How many holidays do we have and are they like university holidays?

The training is usually based on three terms of 11 weeks with a half term in the middle.

Is there an anti-bullying policy?

Bullying is not tolerated at any level. Nor does the school discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs or age. You can find all our policies here.

What sort of pastoral care is available?

Looking after the mental and physical health of each and every one of our students is of paramount importance to us, and we recently won an Industry Minds Award for our approach to fostering positive mental health. We have Heads of Year across our degree courses and for our Foundation students, and our open door policy makes it straightforward to arrange one-to-one meetings. In addition, each year group has a weekly half-hour meeting with their Head of Year. You can find out more about our approach to pastoral care here.

Day School & Sixth Form FAQs

When are auditions usually held?

Auditions for the Day School are held in December and February.  Auditions for the Sixth Form are held in February.  You can find up-to-date information on the Admissions pages: Day School  Sixth Form

How and when are term fees paid? Are there any opportunities to change the payment structure?

Invoices for fees are typically raised in three instalments, one each term, and are usually payable by the first day of the term. In some circumstances the Finance department may be able to offer alternative payment structures, however this would have to be discussed directly with the Head of Finance after the acceptance of the place. Evidence of financial circumstances will need to be provided, and in most circumstances a change in payment structure or number of instalments may not be possible.

Does the Day School offer instrumental lessons?

Yes, currently we offer singing, piano, guitar, drums and violin. If there is demand for others, we can look into it. These lessons take place during the school day at an additional cost.

Can I do my music grades through the Day School?

We do not submit people for ABRSM or other graded exams however if you have an instrumental/singing teacher in school they will be able to assist you with the material.

Are scholarships available for Day School pupils?

Bursaries and hardship grants are available to parents/carers whose children have been enrolled at ArtEd for at least two terms. As with scholarships, bursaries and grants are means tested and involve parents/carers completing a detailed financial questionnaire which is used to determine the level of funding entitlement (10%-40%). Bursaries are awarded at the discretion of the Awards Board, with the Deputy Headteacher being responsible for the co-ordination and management of the process.
You can find out more about our fees and funding here: Fees & Funding – ArtsEd

Do you have PE/After School Clubs?

Though we do not offer PE, our pupils are able to visit Rocks Lane Chiswick – a local multi-function sports pitch site –  for 45 minutes twice a week. They have the opportunity to play football, basketball, and netball.

We also run Homework Club every day from 4.10 pm to 5.30 pm, and we offer lots of additional activities like Junior Musical Theatre, Acting Company, and Dance Company.

Our brand new Green Roof is for the exclusive use of our Day School and Sixth Form and is available to pupils during break times.

Do you provide school transport?

We do not provide School transport, and it is very common for ArtsEd pupils to use public transport. We are a 5 minute walk from Turnham Green tube station and even closer to bus stops.

How many pupils are in a year/class?

The maximum capacity in Year 7 and Year 8 is 25 pupils. In Year 7 and Year 8, we split Maths and English classes into smaller groups. We can accept more students into Year 9 and GCSE subject classes are split so that pupils study in small groups, often between 6 and 10 pupils per class.

How many places are available in Year 7?

The maximum cohort size for Years 7 and 8 is 25.

Is it possible for Dance pupils to do Drama, and for Drama pupils to do Dance?

Yes! Drama pupils have two periods of Dance per week, and Dance pupils have two periods of Drama per week. These are not compulsory but highly recommended.

Do you provide Special Education Needs (SEN) support?

We have an excellent SEN Department and we can provide one hour face-to-face session with the SEND teacher per week.

How many periods of Dance and Drama do pupils have?

Drama pupils have 10 periods of Drama per week, and Dance pupils have 10 periods of Dance per week.

How long is the school-day?

Registration is at 8.25am, and classes start from 8.30am to at least 3.50pm. On some days (or if our pupils are engaging with our extra-curricular activities), the school-day will end at 5.30pm. Breaks and lunch are built into the school day.

Does the School provide lunch, and is this included in the school fees?

Yes, we provide lunch and our lunches are included in our fees. We have a varied menu and can cater for all dietary requirements. Our canteen team are always happy to address an individual’s needs. We also operate a café for healthy snacks and drinks. ArtsEd’s kitchen and canteen is a nut-free environment.

What is the age limit for Sixth Form?

ArtsEd Sixth Form typically receives applications from candidates due to complete their GCSE’s the summer before they wish to begin. We accept applications from candidates aged 15 – 18. We recognise that schooling systems in other countries may differ.

How many applications do you receive for the Sixth Form and how many are successful each year?

We typically receive around 250 applications per year. As places are offered via auditions, and we do not have a set number of places for Sixth Form, the number of students each year varies. We typically take 60 – 80 students per year.

Are all Sixth Form applicants invited for an audition and interview?

Yes.

Do applicants from the Day School receive priority when making offers for the Sixth Form?

No. All Sixth Form offers are subject to the same audition process and interview, and candidates who study at ArtsEd Day School receive no preferential treatment.

Can students living abroad to audition for the Sixth Form virtually?

Yes. Please make it known on your application that you are unable to audition in person, and a virtual audition pack will be sent to you before your audition date. You will be required to attend the interview online.

Any advice for students who will live away from home to attend the Sixth Form? What assistance is there on finding accommodation?

Approximately 30% of our current Sixth Form live with relatives, host families, friends or in their own rental accommodation. ArtsEd does not recommend any particular vendor or take part in helping students secure accommodation. In line with the most recent edition of KCSIE, any involvement from the school would require ArtsEd to vet and report any vendor to the local authority, which would place an undue administrative strain on the school and mean students and parents would have less flexibility and choice when securing or cancelling accommodation.

If students live away from home while attending ArtsEd, we provide council tax exemption documentation and proof of schooling where required. ArtsEd provides weekly ‘living away from home’ support for students, including education on cooking, wellbeing, and independent living.

There are opportunities on the induction days for students, parents and carers to exchange contact details with others who will be living away from home.

Are there any extra costs in addition to the Sixth Form fees?

We strongly recommend all Musical Theatre students take up additional 45-minute singing lessons in school. Music lessons are charged at a heavily discounted rate of £20 for 30 minutes, and £25 for 45 minutes, and students usually receive 10 music lessons per term. For BTEC Pathway students there is a single BTEC registration fee imposed by the exam boards, of £225 – £300, subject to change. Other disbursements would include school trips or specific resources for A Level subjects (for example extra reading material/texts). School trips to see theatre shows are usually between £25 and £35. Additional expenses are invoiced at the end of each term and are kept at a minimum.

Am I able to change my subject combination after applying for the Sixth Form?

Candidates can contact sixthformadmissions@artsed.co.uk to request a change in subject or pathway choices. The combination of subjects should be compliant with the Sixth Form Option Blocks where possible, although candidates can audition for multiple pathways and subjects if they wish. Prospective candidates are able to change their subject preferences up to one week before the audition day.

What will happen if I am offered a place in the Sixth Form but do not achieve the entry requirements for one or more of my courses?

Offers are conditional upon candidates meeting the entry requirements. In instances where candidates fail to meet the entry requirements, the school may withdraw the offer of a place.

What is the difference between BTEC Dance and A Level Dance?

BTEC Dance is equivalent to three A Levels and therefore involves much more content. This means there is more practical work, taking the form of performance workshops and projects. This BTEC course is designed for people who are preparing for a career in the industry. The A Level option is designed for students who are keen to learn about the world of dance, and who enjoy individual choreography as well as developing ideas with other students in collaborative and independent projects.

In terms of assessment, the A Level option is 50% written submission. The BTEC Dance subject is much more project based, but still includes elements of research, reflective evaluation (in the form of a performance and practice journal) and is predominantly practically assessed.

What is the difference between BTEC Acting and A Level Drama?

Across both subjects, students will be actors and learn and develop acting skills. BTEC Acting goes on to explore a wider variety of those ideas, whereas A Level Drama also explores how students work as Directors. This gives them a broader view about the Theatre industry as a whole and ensures that both can be taken simultaneously to develop them as either actors or theatre practitioners.

BTEC Acting is continually assessed over 2 years and is equivalent to 3 A levels in UCAS points. There are no examinations held under controlled conditions, and the assessments are internal and broken up into smaller units and assignments. Assessment is varied and involves practical exploration, rehearsal, application of skills and performance, alongside written analysis and review of a process. It is a vocational course that provides the essential foundation of training as an actor and understanding of the performing arts industry. The course is suitable for students who want to pursue a career in this sector through further training, and application to drama schools.

The A level covers specific practitioners and text in detail, following the specification, with more written analysis and critical review, and the BTEC covers a wide range of practical skills required for Acting, alongside Voice and Movement in a holistic and synoptic approach.

Are there performance opportunities in the Sixth Form for students who don't do A Level music?

Yes. Our two biggest shows, the Music Concert, and the Live Lounge, have auditioned places available for performers and auditions are open to all our Day School and Sixth Form students.

Are one-to-one singing lessons included in the BTEC MT curriculum?

No, but we strongly suggest that all BTEC MT students take one-to-one singing lessons to support their vocal development. They are charged at a greatly reduced rate and we have an exceptional team of vocal tutors, all who have worked professionally in the industry and teach on degree musical theatre courses.

Do you have to be strong in all three disciplines to gain a place on the BTEC MT course?

Usually, successful candidates show an excellent level of skill in two out of three of the disciplines of Singing, Acting and Dance, with potential for development in the third.

Is there an opportunity to take part in Musical Theatre if you don’t do the BTEC course?

Yes, we have an enrichment programme which includes a Musical Theatre Company (auditioned) and Show Choir which are open to all Sixth Form students. You can also audition for solo and small group slots in our annual music concert.

How much Dance is on the BTEC MT course curriculum?

MT students take two ballet classes, one jazz, and one tap class a week. There is also the opportunity to audition for the Dance Company, Dance stream, and extra dance enrichment which allows for additional dance training.

What scholarships are available at ArtsEd Sixth Form?

We have means-tested scholarships available for Musical Theatre, Drama, Dance and Academic attainment. See more information here: Fees & Funding – ArtsEd

Sixth Form scholarships? Day School Bursaries? What is the difference?

Bursaries are available only to students who have attended ArtsEd Day School for a minimum of one academic year. The number of bursaries may vary year to year, as these are dependent on how much funding is available at that time. These, when awarded, vary in terms of the amount awarded and for what (e.g., fees, music lessons, extras etc.). Bursaries are subject to financial verification, but not guaranteed to be available year to year in the same way scholarships are.

Scholarships are awarded on entry to Sixth Form, and cover fees for the full two years of study. Scholarships are subject to the same rigorous means testing that Bursaries are. There are additional responsibilities and expectations we place on our scholarship candidates once they join the school.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Candidates may express their desire to be considered for a scholarship on the application form. In order to be invited for the scholarship round, candidates must first gain an offer to study at the school and score highly in the first round of auditions. If you express that you would like to be considered for scholarship, you will receive the outcome of that consideration in your first-round audition result.

What if I'm offered a place for Sixth Form but do not get the opportunity to audition for a scholarship, are there any other funding options?

Unfortunately, there are no other funding options available for incoming students. As ArtsEd Sixth Form is not a Higher Education (HE) institution, we do not qualify for Student Finance England (SFE) funding. Details of several external charities and trusts that may be able to support you can be provided if you receive an offer.

Acting FAQs

How many people are accepted onto the course?

Usually about 30-32 students.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See the Auditions information page to find out what you need to prepare.

How do you apply for the course?

You can apply here– applications close in March for entry in September.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Thursdays from November to June during term time. If we offer you a date, please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances, such as illness or an exam commitment.

Note: due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, all first round auditions for September 2021 intake will be via video self-tape.

At what stage in the course do we get to perform?

You will perform to an internal audience each year. Your public performance will be in the third year when you will take part in fully staged, professionally produced plays for a paying audience. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the West End before an audience of agents.

Musical Theatre FAQs

How many people are accepted onto the course?

Usually about 50-52 students.

What do I need to do at my audition?

See the Auditions information page to find out what you need to prepare.

How do you apply for the course?

You can apply here [link] – applications close in March for entry in September.

I have been awarded a Dance and Drama Award. Can I apply for a student loan too?

No. If you have been awarded a DaDA, you cannot apply for a student loan.

When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Tuesdays from October to April during term time. If we offer you a date, please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances, such as illness or an exam commitment.

Note: due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, all first round auditions for September 2021 intake will be via video self-tape.

What does a typical timetable look like and how is the day structured?

Very full! You will be given a sign-in time 15 minutes before your start time. This could be as early as 8am and no later than 8:45am. You have classes or rehearsals all day, five days a week, from 8:45am (or sometimes earlier) to 6pm and sometimes beyond. You will then have work to prepare for the following day. You could be going from an acting class, straight into ensemble singing, then into a jazz class, followed by Speech & Voice and 1-2-1 singing!

What is the gender balance like on the course?

We aim for a 50:50 split of males to females in each year.

At what stage in the course do we get to perform?

You will perform to an internal audience each year. Your public performance will be in the third year when you will take part in fully staged, professionally produced plays for a paying audience. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the West End before an audience of agents.

Holiday & Weekend FAQs

How many Saturday School sessions are there per year?

The year is made up of three ten-week terms. Each term has a half-term break, when pupils will have two Saturdays off.

Will there be a chance to see my child perform?

Yes, in Term 3 we hold a Saturday School showcase in our Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, in which everyone gets a chance to perform. There are other opportunities to perform throughout the year, including the Green Days Festival on the green opposite Turnham Green Station.

Can I book a full year of Saturday School?

No, you must book termly. At the moment, our system is unable to automatically renew bookings so you must book every term.