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Foundation Acting (Musical Theatre) Course Overview Foundation Acting (Musical Theatre)  Course Overview

This course is still open to new applications, even though the UCAS deadline has passed.

Our course is aimed at people, who are passionate about a career in musical theatre but are not quite ready for a Conservatoire-level degree course. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in rigorous musical theatre training that will prepare you for auditions and degree-level training.

Intensive, highly practical and industry focused, you develop your confidence and ability as an actor, combined with musical and dance skills. It will equip you with fundamental technical and stylistic skills as you create a portfolio of contemporary, classical and musical material that is uniquely suited to you, helping you to stand out from the crowd. The course culminates in a performance project where you bring together all you have learnt.

Accreditated By:

Accredited by Federation of Drama Schools Accredited by CDMT

What You Will


  • Year 1

How You Will


  • Technical Skills Classes
    Technical Skills Classes
  • Performances
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Independent study
    Independent study
  • Group work
    Group work
  • Masterclasses

How You Will Be


Your assessment predominantly takes place during your practical classes and rehearsals, performances and your reflective exercises. Coursework assignments are limited to written personal statements and applications.

Practical/written work ratio

80% practical work / 20% written course work

What Our

Graduates Do

The course aims to equip our graduates to go on to further training with us or at other specialist, prestigious drama schools that are oversubscribed with musical theatre applicants.

If you decide to apply for our Acting (Musical Theatre) degree or another one of our degrees, you will still need to go through our regular audition process, alongside other applicants. Progression on to one of our degrees is not guaranteed. However, the course will give you an understanding of what we look for in a degree level student and our institutional ethos, making it great preparation for an audition.

Students on our previous foundation courses have gone on to study degrees at LIPA and at other institution such as Arts Ed, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Drama Centre, East 15, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.




UCAS tariff points required from level 3 qualifications

For example:

  • Two A Levels at grade C or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: MPP
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T level: P (D or E)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: Pass including 64 points from Higher Level subjects

You also need 5 GCSEs grade 4/C or above including English and Maths or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): if you do not hold the qualifications listed but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.


IELTS or above

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). We also accept other English language examination equivalents. You can find out more about English Language requirements here 

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. You can find out more about qualifications from specific countries here

Mature applicants (aged 21+). If you do not hold the academic qualifications but have relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply.  

Educational qualifications are important but limited in what they can tell us about you.

Your natural ability, your fit with what and how we teach, your growth and your potential are also key factors in our admission process. We can’t evaluate these solely on your educational achievements, so no matter which course you are applying for, we look for the following attributes on your application and at the interview stage.




Knowledge, Ability and Experience

We’d like you to have some performance experience in musical theatre, ideally combined with acting in another genre to ensure that you can underpin your musical theatre work with a good grounding in wider acting skills. We’d expect you to have strong potential in singing and dancing, so we’d be interested to know about your experience and any training in these.



We’re keen to hear about how much musical theatre activity you are doing outside your school qualifications. Tell us about any extra-curricular performance(s) at your school or college, with a youth theatre or amateur dramatic group or perhaps at a professional level. We understand that distance or cost may have stopped you from gaining formal experience, so we also like to read what you have done to connect to musical theatre (for example: reading or seeing other people perform).


Ability To Work Effectively with Others

While you’re with us (and in your professional work) you’ll work with a range of people – students, teachers and industry professionals, so it’s essential that you can work well with others. We’d like to see that you can take direction and feedback well, listen to others and offer support and constructive feedback.


Broad Interest and Engagement

We look for evidence that you are curious about the world around you and want to engage with all aspects of the course you’re applying for and the wide range of opportunities we offer.



We’d like to know why you’re applying to us and how you think the course you’re applying for will help you to grow and achieve your career aspirations. We’d like to see that you understand your strengths and weaknesses and how we can support you.


A Spirit of Enterprise

We want you to be able to work on your own initiative and see that you’re interested in creating your own opportunities. You may have been involved in creative projects which weren’t part of your regular school/college curriculum, or if you haven’t had the chance to do this, you might have ideas and ambitions which you can tell us about.

  • "When I met LIPA students, I was struck by their commitment to continual improvement to develop their craft. "

    Woody Harrelson
    Actor, writer, director, producer

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Course Changes

For information on possible changes to course information, see our course changes information page.

View the programme specification on the LJMU course catalogue here