Widening Access Accessible to all regardless of background
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Widening Access

Widening Access

Our mission

We’re passionate about making the School’s training accessible to people regardless of background.

Find out more about widening access, including our Access and Participation Plan, on the CDD’s website.

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Acting Webinar

We’re hosting an outreach acting webinar on Wed 28 Oct. There are limited places so eligibility criteria will be used to select attendees. Find out more and apply here.

Open Days

We host annual open days for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Please note open days are only for creative and technical courses – we are unable to offer open days for acting applicants.

Find out more here.


School Visits

We welcome requests from schools for us to come and talk to prospective students. If you’re interested in such an opportunity, get in touch with us via [email protected]


Short Courses

We run short courses in acting each summer and have a number of bursary places available for these.

Find out more here.



Interested in bringing students to shows or telling them more about our courses? We’ve got a teacher mailing list for you to sign up for here.

Funding Opportunities

We’ve outlined below a number of options you can look into if you’re worried about funding. All of the opportunities will be assessed for eligibility.

All courses

There are a number of bursaries available each year which are means-tested. We also have discretionary hardship funds should you need this whilst training with us.

In addition, the CDD offer scholarships for undergraduate students who are new to Higher Education as well as bursaries for students who are care leavers and estranged students.


Mature Students

Each year we offer the Plowright Bursary for mature students who are making a change in their career.


If you’re concerned about funding, please get in touch with us – [email protected]

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The training provided by the MFA programme is superb. The depth with which we explore, paired with unyielding curiosity that is met with the most knowledgeable, passionate, expert tutors is what makes BOVTS programme one of the finest around. I feel honoured to call BOVTS my grad school. Rachel McVay, MA Professional Acting Student