Stepping Up

Apply by Thursday 10th March at 10am


Into acting, drama or supporting others to learn? Stepping Up is a drama and leadership programme for 18-25 year olds who aren’t currently in work or education.

Choose from either an Acting or Leadership pathway and work towards a Level 2 qualification part-time across three months in North London.

Stepping Up is a three month drama and leadership training programme, run by National Youth Theatre in partnership with The JGA group. It offers participants the opportunity to gain a ‘OCN London Region’ Level 2 Certification in Progression. Places are available to both NYT members and non members.

Apply by Thursday 10th March at 10am

What are the pathways? 

Acting Pathway (2.5 days a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
For those who do not yet have a level 3 qualification, or who are new to performing or who want to increase their confidence or be considered for Playing Up in 2022. The personal development units include building self-confidence and study skills along side the practical theatre units. 

Apply here for the Acting Pathway 

Leadership Pathway  – (2.5 days a week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
For those who may already hold a level 2 or 3 qualification, or who have experience undertaken 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 and leadership study skills along side the practical theatre units. 

Apply here for the Leadership Pathway 

Is this the right course for me? 

The course is primarily for young people who are not in education, secure employment or training or those who have missed out on gaining level 2 or level 3 qualifications at school or college. 

Priority for places is given to those who fulfil the criteria stated and we welcome applications from care leavers and those whose challenging circumstances may have prevented them from completing Secondary School or FE education. We welcome applications from neurodiverse, learning disabled and differently abled applicants. We also welcome applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers or newly arrived migrants with the right to study in the UK. Stepping Up is delivered in partnership with The JGA Group.

Am I eligible for a free place?
Places are available to NYT members and non-members. 
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 do not yet hold a full level 2 qualification.



What should I expect during the Stepping Up Course?
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. 

Throughout the course participants receive a travel bursary of up to £5 per day and free theatre tickets. The course offers access to creative industry professionals, high levels of pastoral support and has a strong focus on progression routes for learners on completion.

When and where is the course?
The course runs from the NYT head office in Holloway, London. The course is part time and runs ½ day on a Monday, and 10.30 – 4.30pm on a Tuesday and Wednesday. The course will run from April - July (exact dates TBC)

How many people take part?
The Stepping Up Company is made up of 16 members – 8 specialising in acting and 8 specialising in leadership. 

What happens after the course?
Following your graduation from Stepping Up we will support your application to Playing Up for those students that may not have a level 3 qualification or those who are unemployed. 
Following this unique 3 month programme Stepping Up (Leadership Pathway) students will be able to apply for further facilitation opportunities  within NYT. 

For more information about Stepping Up please get in touch with our Stepping Up Assistant: Laura Day on

National Youth Theatre would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support of Playing Up in the 2020/21 academic year: The JGA Group and European Social Fund. Distributed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency through the Community Grants Scheme, and managed by Paddington Development Trust. We would also like to thank our principal supporters Arts Council England


  • Level 2 Accredited Course