CertHE Acting & Theatre Making

Delivered at our dedicated training centres in London and Bristol, Fourth Monkey’s CertHE Acting & Theatre Making celebrates each student’s unique creative identity as an actor and theatre maker, as they are encouraged to be bold and play with a variety of industry-led acting, performing, creative and theatre making skills. 

Our friendly and inclusive ensemble training environments in London and Bristol encourage embodied and collaborative play, giving every student on this foundational-level vocational actor training course a vital springboard for their individual onward training journey and in preparation for their career as an actor and theatre maker. 

Applications: Applications to audition for 2022 intake are now open
Course Delivery: One Year (Full-time)

Training Provider: Fourth Monkey
Location: The Monkey House, London OR The Bamboo House, Bristol

Qualification: Certificate of Higher Education
Awarding Partner: Falmouth University

About the Course

Designed to suit those at the start of their creative journey, training on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making course is framed around Fourth Monkey’s unique vocational thematic structure of  ACT. MAKE. MOVE. COLLABORATE. Students are encouraged to explore the connections between the thematic training disciplines and practices included within the course, as they lay the necessary foundations to become fearless, imaginative, and intuitive performers and theatre makers who are ready to take the next steps into further professional, vocational actor training.

Designed to accommodate and welcome a diverse variety of aspiring performers and theatre makers, the CertHE is delivered by experienced practitioners, who work with our students to share their passion, specialist knowledge and industry experience to create an accessible, inclusive, and dynamic working environment.  

All classes and workshops are curated and delivered by industry professionals with a focus on introducing core practitioners and theatrical practices. The curriculum has been designed on the basis that not all students will have had equal or comparable access to previous arts training or performance opportunity and is intended to guide students through a course trajectory that allows them to create and build the skills needed to establish themselves fearless, connected, and imaginative artists. 

Our CertHE Acting & Theatre Making students graduate with a grounding in professional readiness – knowledgeable and prepared actors and creative theatre makers, who are ready to take the next steps on their professional vocational training journey, whether this is through progression onto our BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree or with other drama schools and Higher Education providers. 


Core Modules on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making

Contemporary & Classical Text, Acting for Camera, Voice & The Actor’s Toolkit.

Playground, Puppetry, Acting through Clown & The Contemporary Ensemble.

Laban, Le Coq, Corporeal Mime, Grotowski & The African Diaspora.

The Collaborative Ensemble and Contemporary Projects & Professional Preparation.

Course Delivery

The CertHE course is delivered at both of Fourth Monkey’s dedicated training centres – The Monkey House in London and The Bamboo House in Bristol. Delivery at our Bristol training centre is delivered by experienced, knowledgeable practitioners from the local area, who encourage our Bristol-based students to explore their uniqueness and work in their own accents, ensuring that every voice in the Fourth Monkey community is heard and celebrated. 

Training takes place across three study blocks of unique thematic modules, equipping students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a variety of performance and theatre making skills, and encouraging them to identify patterns and connections between these practices, approaches, and activities. 

Students begin their training by exploring certain physical practices which connect body, breath and thought, helping them identify their own impulses and develop a personal process as an actor in understanding text and creating character. 

Our students’ understanding and professional skillsets will develop cumulatively and individually, with skills being integrated into scene and text-based work as they progress through the course. Students will also have opportunities to develop their personal creative practice through devised performances and solo projects. 

It’s training as it should be.

Emily, 2020 Alumnus

Real-world industry knowledge alongside expressive experience is developed through our technique classes, workshops, masterclasses, and professional preparation prior to the performance projects which are the focus of the final Study Block of the one year’s training and where students are given opportunity to showcase their learning and emerging skills in a public repertory performance season. 

Training on the CertHE is full-time (approx. 30 hours in-person delivery per week), however delivery has been designed with real world expectations in mind. Intensive, regular, fixed training days and times allow students on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making to work and train at the same time and better support themselves financially, should they need or wish to do so. 

Course Progression

Students on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making will graduate with a Level 4, foundational-level qualification, equipping them with the professional skills, practical experience, and industry knowledge necessary to take the next steps in their creative journey and into further training at a higher level, including on Fourth Monkey’s BA (Hons) Acting Accelerated Degree, or on equivalent degree-level training courses at other notable drama schools as well as other Higher Education institutions.

Our CertHE Acting & Theatre Making training prepares all students to study professional actor training at a higher level or to enter the industry should they feel ready to do so, as they will graduate well-equipped to rise to the challenges and rigours of being a professional actor or theatre maker.

Entry Requirements

Fourth Monkey commit to meeting everyone who applies to train with us at audition. Applicants interested in applying to audition for the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making can select their preferred training location (London or Bristol) when submitting their online application form, with auditions offered in London and Bristol, via our Auditions Page.

Admission onto the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making is by Audition.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course.
  • Previous formal academic qualifications are not essential.
  • Applicants are assessed at audition solely on merit.

Upon completion of a successful audition, to accept any offer to study made by Fourth Monkey, you must register and satisfactorily adhere to the Admissions Policy of our Awarding Partner, Falmouth University prior to the completion of enrolment for the course.

If you have any questions regarding Entry Requirements, please do get in touch with our friendly Admissions Team.

Course Assessment

The purpose of assessment is to measure progress and achievement throughout the course. Assessment is the formal review point which generates feedback on work, allowing students to develop their practice and performance more effectively by identifying specific areas and activities for them to work on.

In keeping with the nature of the learning on this course, the majority of assessments are practical and adjudicated. Students are assessed individually through solo or ensemble performances and practical tasks, with marks given accordingly against the personal demonstration of the skills being assessed.

Ongoing individual holistic and developmental support from the Training Team is central to the Fourth Monkey training philosophy, with students receiving opportunities for self-reflection and self-care alongside constructive feedback and pastoral support throughout their training.

All Fourth Monkey students are also required at all times to maintain high levels of professional conduct regarding attendance, promptness and preparation which is expected and compulsory.

After the first two study blocks, formal credit bearing assessments for the Certificate of Higher Education qualification will be complete. The final study block is constructed entirely as a professional enhancement and performance opportunity delivered as part of an additional Fourth Monkey certificate.

Awarding Partner

The Certificate of Higher Education for Fourth Monkey’s Acting & Theatre Making course is awarded by one of the UK’s leading specialist universities for the creative industries, Falmouth University.

Falmouth University are ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, noted for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.

Fourth Monkey professional vocational training courses are informed by industry research, development and relevance. Structures, modules and assessments may periodically change as part of the training curriculum enhancement and review. Up to date module and assessment information is made available to all students upon completion of enrolment with both Fourth Monkey and Falmouth University.

*Academic Approval Pending

Fees & Funding

Students on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making course are able to access Student Finance for student loans towards tuition fees and maintenance loan towards living expenses.

  Tuition Fees


  Additional Costs
  Fourth Monkey Uniform £60+
  KneePads £5+
  Padlock (Coded) £5+

Students on the CertHE Acting & Theatre Making would also be entitled to funding for a further full three years of any chosen BA programme, once you had completed the CertHE course.

For more information on the type of student funding available, please visit the Gov.uk website. There are also alternative funding avenues open to students, information on these are available on our Funding page.

EU & International Students

Fourth Monkey are a diverse school who have welcomed students from all over the world supporting them throughout their vocational training journey with us creating industry ready professional actors and theatre makers.

Student Visa

Following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, freedom of movement between the UK and the EU unfortunately ended on 31 December 2020. EU citizens may now require a visa for studying in the UK. This does not apply to Irish nationals, or anyone who benefits from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

If you have already completed an application under the EU Settlement Scheme and have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you do not require a visa. Prior to formal offer for a place to study you will be required to confirm settled or pre-settled status.

If you do not have confirmed settled or pre-settled status, you can apply before 30 June 2021 under the EU Settlement Scheme and are eligible for the scheme if you lived in the UK or arrived before the end of the transition period.

We regret that this course is not currently available to EU or International applicants who would require a Student Route Visa. We will update this section to ensure that all potential applicants are immediately notified of any changes to our registration status immediately and accordingly.

English Language Requirements

Applicants should have excellent conversational English and be able to understand a variety of texts. As with UK applicants, our audition panel will be assessing how you deliver your speeches and interact with the panel at interview.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard expected of UK applicants, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

A full list of English Language tests can be found on our awarding partner Falmouth University’s website: https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements.

Fees & Funding

As part of our commitment to Accessibility, Fourth Monkey do not charge increased tuition fees to International Students.

The UK government announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year. Please see www.gov.uk for more details.

We recommend contacting the Department of Education in your home country for details of any government funding or scholarships which may be available to you for overseas study.

Resources for International Students

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is a helpful resource to find information and advice for international students, including Brexit, immigration, funding, fees and wellbeing.

Any EU or International applicants who have questions regarding applying and studying with Fourth Monkey, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our Admissions Team who will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

The Monkey House,

The CertHE Acting & Theatre Making is delivered at our North London training base, The Monkey House.

You can explore our dynamic, inclusive training environment, modern, fit-for purpose studio spaces, and bustling creative hub via our virtual 360 tour of the Monkey House.

Regional Centre of Excellence,

Our CertHE Acting & Theatre Making is also delivered at our dedicated Centre of Excellence and training base in Bristol, The Bamboo House.

A Grade I Listed building situated in the Portland Square area of the city, The Bamboo House is the bustling heart of Fourth Monkey’s Bristol community and provides a student experience which directly relates to the Monkey House in London.

Our Training Ethos

Our approach looks to celebrate the humanity of every individual who comes through our doors, to encourage their passion for acting and theatre and guide them to seek out physical and emotional truth in all they do.

I am staunchly passionate about this place, the energy, the mission, the simplicity and purity of the learning.

Louis, 2020 Alumnus

Fourth Monkey are dedicated to creating a learning environment which embeds inclusive excellence into all aspects of our work. We are actively against discrimination and celebrate the diversity of our staff, students and participants regardless of; age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, health or disability, socio-economic background or religion.

We want students to thrive and excel during their time with us. We are committed to removing potential barriers, offering tailored support and making reasonable adjustments to our professional vocational training, based on individual need.

If you would like to experience the Fourth Monkey approach to drama school training first-hand, we offer monthly free Taster Workshops to help you discover whether our training will be right for you.

Led by Artistic Director Steven Green, these Taster Workshops are a fun introduction to the Fourth Monkey ethos and a great chance to get an insight into our approach to actor training as well as ask any questions you may have.