Welcome to READ College – the UK’s leading Performing Arts Foundation College

Now entering our 10th year, READ College – based in Reading, UK – has an industry-leading graduate success rate, exceptional exam results and an ethos of supporting talented young people from all backgrounds.

Download our Read Prospectus – 2018 to find out more.

We have 4 full time courses at READ, to help get you to where you want to be:

Dame Judi Dench is patron of READ College


Craig Revel Horwood is patron of READ College

Where is READ College

We are based in Reading, UK, just about 30 minutes from London, and our building is a stunning 19th century listed church. We’re 12 minutes by public transport from Reading centre, right by a beautiful park, and a 5 minute walk from halls of residence and lots of other student housing. Find out more about our Location and Accommodation by clicking HERE

Why a Foundation Course at READ College?

Our Foundation Courses in Musical Theatre and Acting had 100% graduate success rates in 2017, with READ students now at almost every major Dance and Drama College in London and across the UK. You can find out more about our graduate destinations by clicking HERE. With ten years of excellence, small class sizes, expert tutors and funding available to help you through your training, there are simply no other Foundation Courses that get close!

Sixth Form at READ College

Our Sixth Form Courses in Acting and Musical Theatre also have 100% success rates since the courses started, and our artistic standards are matched by the academic results that our students also achieve. Study for the equivalent of 3 A-Levels whilst being in professional vocational training!

Find out more…

Please take some time to explore the READ College website and find out why we are the UK’s leading Foundation College for the Performing Arts. Here are some pointers to get you on your way:


Our mission statement at READ College

“We will produce professional, well trained students, with knowledge of all aspects of their industry, and we aim to give young people the best start to their career by preparing them to audition for further training and by forming links with industry professionals.  We will provide young people with the tools to enable them to manage themselves in further training both personally and professionally, and as a college we aim to constantly develop and innovate.”



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  1. Sam

    19th July 2016 - Reply

    Do you run contemporary classes for ex-professional dancers who want to keep technique going?
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    • Jamie Read

      25th August 2016 - Reply

      Hi Sam, apologies for the delay in replying – you had gone into our spam! We don’t, but if you contact the Reading Dance Professionals Network via Facebook they have lots of contacts in the area who do. Hope that helps, have a great day!

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