Where will this course lead?

Phat Swan is a unique course set up to provide continued skills development for students who wish to take a gap year after Level 3 or A-Levels before auditioning for drama school or higher education. The course also provides students who were unsuccessful in obtaining a place at drama school an opportunity to stay focused before applying the following year. The course continues skills development and provides support for application and audition preparation.

What will I study?

Acting as an industry-model theatre company, Phat Swan looks at contemporary works and creating high quality performances - essential to give students a platform to apply for drama schools. Alongside practical work, the students will build a portfolio by looking at professional practice within industry, building a CV, taking on budgeting and scheduling responsibilities, getting professional headshots and undertaking self-promotion.  

How will this course be delivered?

Following the Rep model, students will work as a cohesive company to develop and perform two pieces of contemporary work throughout the 35 weeks. They will perform in-house to local schools and colleges, and also take performances to an outside venue. This will incorporate workshop facilitation skills which are essential to working in a theatre company. Phat Swan will push the student, focusing on writers and performance styles not covered on Level 3 programmes. Using contemporary work keeps students up-to-date with industry knowledge, thus widening range and experience in preparation for future applications to drama schools. Audition preparation will also be a key focus.

What qualifications will I get?

As well as the practical elements of the course, students will complete a QCF L3 Grade 8 Trinity Certificate in Acting Performance.

How do I get a place on the course?

On receipt of an application, students will be contacted to confirm a date for their audition and interview. Audition information will be provided at this time.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need: 3 A-Levels, Level 3 qualification or Extended Diplomal; performance skills necessary to produce and perform to a professional standard; commitment and a passion towards creating high quality performance work; commitment to applying for drama schools and the drive to maintain/improve skills between auditions.

What else do I need to know?

Students will be fully funded if they are 18 when starting the course.

*Free of charge if you are aged 18 at the start of the course. If not, a fee of £3,400 will apply.

Note: this course is not eligible for an advance learner loan.

What can I do after this course?

Drama school/university


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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Secondary School Drama Teacher

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What’s Involved?

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What’s Involved?

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What’s Involved?

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