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Our 1-Year Foundation Course is for students who have perhaps already taken A-Levels or BTEC etc and is the perfect stepping stone to prepare you for auditioning for drama school or performing arts college, university etc. The course is full time training 4 days per week for 33 weeks. The minimum age is 17 at the start of the course, but you can apply at 16. There is no upper age limit.


You will focus on audition and performance techniques, developing skills, practises and habits that will build the foundation needed to propel you to the next steps in the industry. Foundation students work with all our top West End tutors and have access to all the training at LCPA including singing, tutorials, acting-through-song, improv, script work, devising, rehearsing, ensemble singing, jazz, street, ballet and contemporary plus conditioning and health.


You will work with our experienced team to select the right next steps for you and work on a strategy for achieving your goals including audition preparation, application and technique.




Entry is by audition only. Please see our Audition page for info on how to prepare for your audition and you can apply here.


Please note we are looking for potential and commitment, not the finished article - a Foundation or Gap Year course is about YOU discovering your potential and it is our job to recognise that and help you get there. Our aim is to provide you with top quality, West End level preparatory training that will propel you to the next steps for entry into the industry. If you have questions about auditioning for us, please get in touch.




The Foundation Course is a private course and as such, fees are payable. Our students will need to make arrangements to cover the cost of tuition. The fees for the Foundation Course are £448 per month for the duration of the course. There is a reduction if fees are paid termly.


Students moving from outside of the area will also need to factor living costs, and we will do our best to help students who are looking for local accommodation by working with host families and connecting students who may wish to share.


Download our Foundation Course information sheet 


1 year course