Access to Vocational Training (AVT)

A fully funded two-year vocational course

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As a funded two-year specialist pre-vocational course, the AVT will best prepare you for entry to high level diploma and degree courses in performing arts.

The Access to Vocational Training course (AVT) is a funded two-year dance and musical theatre course for 16 to 18 year olds (Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma – 720GLH).

As an affordable, specialist pre-vocational training scheme, the AVT will best prepare you for entry to high level diploma and degree courses in performing arts.  Upon successful completion, you will gain an OCR qualification that will earn you up to 112 UCAS points (equivalent to two A-Levels).  Students are being taught in classes no bigger than 18.

As well as no course fees, you can apply and may be eligible for means-tested accommodation support.

Entry Requirements

Grades 4(C) in English and Maths.

• To meet to talent criteria through an audition process

• To have achieved a grade C/ 4 in both English and Maths

• To live within reasonable daily travelling distance of roughly one hour or so’s journey to college and one or so’s journey home. This will depend on the method and availability of travel means not postcode.

• Residential Support Scheme applications will only be considered for those students who cannot access the same or similar substantial qualification within daily travelling distance of their home based on their home postcode and an assessment of their household income

• 16 to 19 year Bursary Funding is considered upon individual application based on financial hardship (proof will be required)

Please note that if you have already completed two years at Sixth form or on any other BTEC/Level 3 equivalents, you will not be eligible for the AVT, our Foundation course will be your best alternative.


  • Dance – genres include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Commercial/Street;
  • Singing – development of your voice and vocal techniques both as a soloist and ensemble;
  • Acting – understanding key influences, learn to develop and apply a range of acting techniques in performance;
  • Integrated Performance;
  • End of year performance working with various choreographers;
  • Performing Art Business;
  • Arts Administration – investigating work between performance jobs and considering freelance employment.

Key Dates

Summer Courses

Pre Audition Course
Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018

Connect Summer School
Monday 30th July 2018 - Friday 3rd August 2018
Monday 6th August 2018 - Friday 10th August 2018

Connect UK Summer School
Monday 13th August 2018 - Friday 17th August 2018

Term Dates


Term starts: Monday 10th September 2018

Half term: week commencing Monday 22nd October 2018

End of Term: Wednesday 19th December 2018


Welcome to Urdang Academys online application system. Here you can apply and manage your:

  • Open day
  • Application for full-time course and
  • Auditions

At each stage we will e-mail you to notify you where you are in the application process and what steps you need to take next.

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