Stepping Up Course

Duration: 3 months

The past three months have awoken a hope, passion and motivation in me I never knew I had. Your positivity is infectious and I know the happiness I have found is owed to you…I really see you two as mentors and I will treasure the lessons you have taught me forever.” Stepping Upper

Into acting, drama or supporting others to learn? Stepping Up is a 3-month acting and leadership programme, run at the National Youth Theatre. It offers participants the opportunity to gain an ‘OCN London Region’ Level 2 Certificate in Progression.

The programme is for young people aged 18–25 in London who aren’t currently in work or education. The course focuses on performance skills such as movement, voice, devising, and performing. There is a personal development element to the course and the focus of this will differ depending on the pathway you choose to specialise in.

Applications are now closed for 2024.

The course is split into two pathways – Acting or Leadership.

Acting Pathway (2.5 days a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
For young people who are new to performing and/or want to increase their confidence. The personal development units include building self-confidence and study skills, alongside the practical performance units. To be eligible for the Acting Pathway you cannot hold a Level 2 or above qualification in drama or acting (such as Drama GCSE).

Leadership Pathway – (2.5 days a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

For young people who may already hold a Level 2 or 3 qualification, or who have experience undertaking theatre or applied theatre projects in the past and have an interest in becoming facilitators in the future. This course is for those who want to increase their knowledge of planning and delivering drama workshops. The personal development units include equality, leadership and study skills alongside the practical theatre units.

You are eligible for a funded place if you are:

  • 18 – 25 years old
  • Live in London
  • You are unemployed and in receipt of benefits
  • You have the right to work in the UK

if you have any questions about the course you can contact Nell Bailey on