Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London

Located in Swiss Cottage, in Camden; a dynamic, artistic area full of theatres, bars, restaurants and art galleries. Students have the opportunity to work with top academics and professional practitioners, who come in as guest speakers or to direct or design shows, or work alongside senior students in production teams, or as mentors on projects.

Entry Requirements

  • Academic requirements vary by course but candidates are generally required to have 2 A level passes and 3 GCSEs of grade C or above.
  • Most courses require that candidates attend and pass an interview or audition. Detailed instructions for interview or audition are provided upon invitation.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Undergraduate Courses

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Student Services and Facilities

  • Facilities include a 234-seat proscenium arch theatre, performance studios, movement studios, rehearsal studios, music practice rooms, design studios, video editing suites, object and puppetry studio, media laboratory, sound recording studio, props and scenic construction workshops, wardrobe facilities, and specialised performing arts library and archival resources. New developments will add further teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces, including film and media training studios and a new public courtyard theatre.
  • The library offers a specialised collection of books and journals covering all aspects of the performing arts and related disciplines, as well as performance DVDs, feature films, sound effects, musical theatre CDs and scores. All students are automatically entitled to join the University of London's Senate House Library.
  • Computing facilities include computer rooms, network access, email facilities, wireless provision, and IT support.
  • In January 2017, Central opened a 2nd campus space, Central Bankside, in the heart of London near to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) provides specialist advice and support to students with disabilities and learning differences to ensure they can full participate in life at Central.
  • For more information contact the DDS team via, 020 7599 3992.

Students' Union

  • Central's Students' Union aims to bring students together to form a vibrant community and to represent the student voice. With Students Union time on Wednesday afternoons to coincide with the rest of the University of London, the existing wide range of societies and sports activities continues to develop.
  • Students can use the facilities of Student Central in the heart of London which offers a gym, sports hall, swimming pool, student café and restaurant, bar and club, and meeting rooms for societies.
  • There are also intercollegiate societies covering a wide range of interests and the opportunity to network with other colleges of the University of London.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 63%
  • Postgraduate 37%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 78%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%


  • Elsie Fogerty founded the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art at the Royal Albert Hall in 1906.
  • In 1957 the School moved from the Albert Hall, having acquired the lease of the Embassy Theatre at Swiss Cottage.
  • In 2004 the Privy Council granted the Central the power to award its own taught degrees. In September 2005 Central became a College of the University of London, and in 2012 Central was awarded the Royal title, becoming the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Notable Alumni

  • Dame Judi Dench − English actress and author.
  • Sir Laurence Olivier − an English actor who dominated the British stage in the mid-20th century
  • Catherine Tate – award-winning English comedian, actress, and writer. 
  • Dawn French − British actress, writer, and comedian; best known for the TV shows French and Saunders and the Vicar of Dibley.
  • Jennifer Saunders − English comedian, screenwriter, and actress; famous for the TV shows French and Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous.
  • Michael Grandage CBE − British theatre director and producer, formerly artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse in London.
  • Sir Cameron Mackintosh − British theatrical producer behind such shows as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.
  • Harold Pinter CBE − Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor; one of the most influential modern British dramatists.
  • Vanessa Redgrave CBE − English actress of stage, screen and television, and political activist.
  • Kit Harrington − English actor, famous for the series Game of Thrones.

Further Details

Address The Central School of Speech and Drama Embassy Theatre 62-64 Eton Avenue London NW3 3HY
UCAS Code C35