Tipping the Velvet - 2019


We hold auditions starting January for all courses beginning the following September. Early application is advised to guarantee availability but we continue to audition regularly throughout the year until August. The majority of auditions are held at our Guildford site. In addition regional auditions will be held in Manchester, Glasgow, Jersey and Isle of Man.

Online applications are live now. Click on the APPLY NOW button to make your application and secure a place at auditions via the Audition Management System (AMS).


If you are applying for a BA (Hons) degree course you will also need to make a separate application to UCAS by the January 2020 deadline. Our degree courses are validated by De Montfort University.

Institution Code: D26

Musical Theatre Course Code: W312

Acting Course Code: W411

If you have already submitted your UCAS application you can add PPA later, or make an application through UCAS Extra after 25th February, if you are successful in gaining a place after audition.

Entry Requirements for BA (Hons) Degree Courses

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include an A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music / Dance / Acting-related subject.

A minimum of five GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification

Audition Fees

The audition fee for all courses is £35 and is non-refundable. This is a one-off fee payable through the AMS on applying and covers the cost of the workshops and panel auditions, as well as any recall auditions if required.

Tuition Fees

3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre

 This course is £10,500 per year (£3,500 per term). The are currently no funding options available for this course.

BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen

BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre: £10,500 per year with access to student finance towards fees and living costs.

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen: £10,500 per year with access to student finance towards fees and living costs.


The maximum tuition fee loan typically available is £9,250.

1 Year Intensive in Musical Theatre

1 year Intensive in Acting

The course fees for these courses are £10,500 per year (£3,500 per term). Students on our foundation course cannot apply for funding for this course, however Housing Benefit is available for the duration of their course if they are under 21 and this can be applied for through Guildford Borough Council.


A further breakdown of Fees is available here: Fees & Term Dates

PPA is committed to creating an environment of inclusion and diversity.

A number of Diversity scholarships will be available each year to successful applicants from BAME backgrounds, assessed on both talent and financial need. For more information on how to apply please email enquiries@ppacademy.co.uk.


Guildford Borough Council is able to award Housing Benefit to students who are studying a Further Education course at our establishment. Students would need to start the course before the age of 21 and be living in privately rented accommodation (which is not affiliated with the educational establishment) to be eligible.



The degree courses may, subject to eligibility, be covered by Student Loan Company funding and maintenance loans and/or grants may be available. Student funding (and course designation by DMU) is subject to change and is reviewed on an annual basis.