The Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is a drama school offering university-level education and training in theatrical and performing arts.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants to the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance will be called to conduct an interview or audition upon successful progression. In addition to this, students may be asked to present a portfolio of work.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Teaching Methods

  • The Rose Bruford College has its degrees validated by the University of Manchester, and as such, Manchester helps to ensure that Rose Bruford is meeting certain academic standards.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Services and Facilities

  • The Rose Bruford College has a full university drama library/learning resource facility, including books, manuscripts, archives and electronic resources.
  • The College also operates a unique Virtual Learning Environment that operates 24 hours a day.

Disability Services

  • The Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance welcomes students with disabilities, be they long-term health conditions or specific learning difficulties.
  • Around a quarter of the undergraduate students at Rose Bruford declare a disability.
  • The Rose Bruford College strongly recommend that prospective applicants contact them prior to applying if they feel that they will need additional support.

Students' Union

  • Rose Bruford has an active Students' Union that organises social events throughout the year.
  • There are also a number of clubs and societies which meet regularly and organise their own events and activities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Based in London, part-time work in areas such as retail, hospitality and admin should be on offer to students at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

Careers Guidance

  • The Rose Bruford College puts on shows with students as the performers. Agents and casting directors are invited to these shows, which take place in London, Edinburgh and across Europe. This gives students the perfect opportunity to showcase their talent.
  • Rose Bruford also has a number of links with businesses and organisations in the creative industries.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 93%
  • Postgraduate 7%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 80%
  • Part Time 20%

Where students come from

  • UK 85%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 46%
  • Female 54%


  • The Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance was established in 1950 by its namesake Rose Eliza Bruford.
  • Bruford was a teacher at the time, and was assisted by Poet Laureate John Masefield, actress Peggy Ashcroft and prolific theatrical actor Laurence Olivier.
  • The Rose Bruford College is credited with pioneering the first acting degree in 1976.

Notable Alumni

Among the long list of notable alumni of the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance are:
  • Tom Baker, actor best known as the fourth Doctor in Doctor Who and the narrator of comedy series Little Britain.
  • Mathew Baynton, actor and writer best known for starring in The Wrong Mans, Yonderland and Horrible Histories.
  • Gary Oldman, actor with an illustrious filmography including the likes of Léon: The Professional, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.
  • Pam St. Clement, actress best known for playing Pat Evans on the long-running soap Eastenders.
  • Kate Ashfield, actress who starred in 2004 comedy hit Shaun of the Dead.
  • Cheryl Fergison, actress who found fame as Heather Trott in Eastenders.
  • Kerry Godliman, actress and comedienne perhaps best known for her role as Hannah in Derek.
  • Stephen Graham, actor who has starred in the This Is England series, The Damned United and as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire.

Further Details

Address Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Lamorbey Park
Burnt Oak Lane
, Kent

DA15 9DF
UCAS Code R51