Term Dates 2020/2021

Induction Week
14th Sep – 18th Sep
Autumn Term
21st Sep – 4th Dec
Spring Term
11th Jan – 26th Mar
Summer Term
26th Apr – 16th Jul

These are the 1st year of the Three Year Acting Course dates. Other course dates may slightly vary so please check the course pages.

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ALRA is dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds and ages to enter the world of live and recorded arts. We offer three types of access provision for students: School/College outreach auditions, regional auditions, preliminary online assessments, collaborative partners and network building.

For information on our Widening Participation Strategy

Outreach & Regional Auditions

To ensure that students who can’t afford to travel to Wigan or London for our in house auditions we travel to their college or offer a regional audition. Our strategy for determining which colleges/regions to visit includes highlighting areas of deprivation where there is a low level of engagement in the performing arts. We provide Senior Staff members for ALRA who visit the School/Venue and offer information about accessing higher education, the potential employment opportunities post ALRA as well as a workshop based audition.

In 2015 – 2016 we have held outreach auditions at the following venues:

  • Barton Peveril
  • York College
  • Cirencester
  • Generation Arts
  • Bubble Theatre
  • SGS College
  • Cathedral Academy Wakefield
  • Guernsey College
  • Warrington College
  • Blackpool Sixth Form
  • Loughborough College
  • Blackpool Sixth Form
  • Leicester College
  • Read College
  • Nescot College
  • Guernsey College
  • York College
  • Manchester College
  • SGS College
  • Runshaw College
  • Exeter College
  • Cirencester College
  • Cardiff + Vale College
  • Manchester Regional
  • Glasgow Regional
  • Middlesborough Regional

Preliminary Online Assessment

ALRA understands the high costs involved for international students wishing to study in the UK who are required to attend an audition. We have a preliminary stage for international applicants, which we hope will result in reduced costs for some of our overseas applicants. Pieces must be recorded and posted to YouTube and a link supplied to the Registrar.

Work will be assessed and if successful students are invited to audition at ALRA in London or Wigan to complete the full audition.

Network Building

We build our networks to access diverse student populations who would not normally be aware of ALRA or the opportunities that our unique training provide.

Through our network building we attend higher education events, run workshops for potential students.

Over the course of the year we will run Higher Education and Careers events at Richmond Upon Thames Tertiary College, Paston 6th Form College (North Norfolk) and NESCOT College, Surrey.

We have been represented at the following conferences and events:

  • Compose Your Future Oct 2016 (London and Manchester)
  • The Higher Education Show Oct 2016
  • Theatre Craft Show Nov 2016
  • Theatre 2016
  • Brit School Careers and HE Event - Jan 2017
  • Music & Drama Education Expo - Feb 2017


ALRA demonstrates an exceptionally high record of retaining students between all levels of study with 90% of students continuing to throughout the their courses at high success rates.