Diploma Course Applications and Terms and Conditions

Central's Diploma's run once per year with entry via audition.


Auditions being in late April/early May each year for entry to the Gap Year Diploma in September of the same year and the Acting Diploma and Musical Theatre Diploma in January of the following year. Auditions can be booked online via our booking partner, Eventbrite. For full details please register for an audition here

For the CAST Diploma please complete a Register of Interest form. A member of the team will then be in touch with the next steps. 

Audition process

Auditions are held throughout the year from late April until early September for the Gap Year Diploma and late November for the Acting Diploma and Musical Theatre Diploma. During your audition, you will have the opportunity to address the panel with any queries you may have. Please ensure that you arrive for your audition 10 minutes prior to the start time. All auditions take place at Central's main campus. Please note that due to the timeline and duration of the course we only offer one audition per year to each candidate.

What to prepare

Acting and Gap Year Diploma - You will need to prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue (from the last 30 years). Please note that the monologue should be from a published play and not a film or TV show.

Musical Theatre Diploma - You will need to prepare a two minute contemporary monologue (from the last 30 years). Please note that the monologue should be from a published play and not a film or TV show. Please also bring the sheet music for two contrasting musical theatre songs, one up-tempo and one ballad. Please choose material that you can connect with to display the emotion and truth in your acting through song. The songs may be cut down and we may only need to hear a small section of one of the prepared songs which we will choose at your audition.


If you are successful in auditioning you will be emailed a formal offer letter and asked to complete our online application form (a link will be sent to you).

You will also need to send us confirmation of acceptance and a 25% deposit in order to guarantee your place in the course. If we do not receive confirmation and deposit within 10 working days, we may offer your place to the next applicant on the list.

Once you have signed up for a course you cannot defer your place. Please, therefore, ensure that you are able to complete a course before accepting your place.


The full fee must be paid before the start of the course. We ask that each successful applicant confirm their place by paying a 25% deposit within 10 working days of receiving the offer. This deposit is non-refundable after the first 14 days from payment.

Credit/Debit Cards

You can pay by credit/debit card by telephone on +44 (0)20 7559 3960*.


We can offer a scheduled payment plan, but only for exceptional circumstances. To apply you will need to send a written explanation as to why this could be applicable to you. 

Terms and Conditions

Right to Cancel

  1. You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days of the initial deposit being paid without giving any reason.
  2. The cancellation period will expire after 14 calendar days from the day of the conclusion of the contract (which will be the date upon which full payment is made).
  3. To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY, UK, Tel: +44(0)20 7722 8183, Email: short.courses@cssd.ac.uk) of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or e-mail). You may use the attached model cancellation form, but it is not obligatory.
  4. To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cancellation period has expired.

Effects of cancellation

  1. Subject to Clause 8, if you cancel your contract within the 14 day cancellation period, we will reimburse all payments received from you.
  2. We will make the reimbursement without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which you inform us of your decision to cancel your contract.
  3. We will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment used for the initial transaction, unless you have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, the Supplier will not charge any fees as a result of the reimbursement.
  4. If you requested to begin the performance of services during the cancellation period, you shall pay us an amount which is in proportion to what has been performed until you have communicated to us your cancellation from this contract, in comparison with the full coverage of the contract.

Model Cancellation Form (PDF, 46KB)


We can offer you a refund of your deposit during the first 14 days after payment is made. After this, the deposit becomes non-refundable. All further fees are fully non-refundable.


We're unable to offer deferrals on this course. 

Course Changes

If you wish to change to another diploma course in the same academic year, we can consider requests before the courses start. Once courses start, no changes are allowed.

* Our phone lines are from 9:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. During busy periods we will be closed for lunch from 1:00-2:00pm.


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Diploma student handbook (PDF)