Access to Vocational Training (AVT)

A fully funded two-year vocational course

Scroll to content
Urdang Academy
Course validated by

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.

Modules

  • 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

Open Days & Auditions 2019/2020

Open days

You will be able to register online for a free place at an Open Day from mid-August.

Open Days run between 1.15pm and 4pm and applicants can bring one guest.

Friday 4th October 2019
Monday 14th October 2019
Monday 4th November 2019
Friday 15th November 2019
Friday 22nd November 2019
Friday 17th January 2020
Monday 20th January 2020

Dates may be subject to change.

Auditions

You will be able to apply online for an audition from mid-August. You will automatically be allocated the next available date.

We audition everyone who applies and auditions typically last from 8.30am to around 6pm.

Sunday 3rd November 2019
Sunday 24th November 2019
Sunday 8th December 2019
Sunday 12th January 2020
Sunday 19th January 2020
Sunday 26th January 2020
Monday 17th February 2020
Tuesday 18th February 2020
Wednesday 19th February 2020

Dates may be subject to change.

Term Dates 2019/2020

Degree First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Third year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Diploma First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2019
Term Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2019
Term Three
Monday 18th May 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Foundation

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

Performances 2018/2019

Summer School/Pre Audition Courses 2019/2020

Summer School

Monday 29th July 2019 – Friday 2nd August 2019
Monday 5th August 2019 – Friday 9th August 2019

Pre Audition

Summer 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019 - Friday 26th July 2019
Monday 5th August 2019 - Friday 9th August 2019

Autumn 2019
Monday 21st October 2019 - Friday 25th October 2019

Applications

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Urdang Academy. Unfortunately, online applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

  

If you would like to make a late application please email admissions@theurdang.london and we can send you details of how to prepare a video audition for us. We cannot guarantee a place on your chosen course at this time.

  

Online applications and registration for Open Days for 2020 entry will go live in August. You can still register your contact details here in advance of this. Auditions will run between November 2019 and April 2020. Please check our Key Dates page for further details over the summer.

  

Find out how it works