List of leading Drama Schools in the UK:
Academy of Live and Recorded Arts - ALRA was the first drama school to offer a training which encompassed all media: Live Theatre, TV & Film and Radio. It offers the Three Year Acting course leads to BA (Hons) Acting (awarded by the University of Greenwich) and National Diploma in Professional Acting (awarded by Trinity College, London). It also offers the Postgraduate Acting course and Stage Management course.
Arts Educational Schools London - offers a 1-year M.A. in Acting to enable mature students to gain an advanced understanding and ability as professional actors.
Birmingham School of Acting - a faculty of Birmingham City University and its acting courses are accredited by the National Council for Drama Training (NCDT). The school's full time courses are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School - an associate school of the Faculty of Creative Arts of the University of the West of England.
Central School of Speech and Drama - a small, specialist College of the University of London.
GSA Guildford School of Acting - provides vocational training with nationally recognised qualifications. All two and three years courses are validated by either Trinity College, London or the University of Surrey.
Drama Centre London - The school is part of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design of the University of the Arts London and is a member of the Conference of Drama Schools.
Drama Studio London - accredited by the National Council for Drama Training.
East 15 - one of the UK's leading acting schools.
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts - one of the UK's leading drama schools with an international reputation for excellence in education and training.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama - situated in the heart of one of Britain's most important arts venues at the Barbican.
Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts - one of the country's leading vocational acting courses with an emphasis on professional development and employability.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts - provides education and training in performing arts, theatre and performance design and technology and management disciplines in a hands-on, collaborative environment.
Today LIPA is one of the UK's leading higher education institutions. LIPA provides education and training in performing arts, theatre and performance design and technology and management disciplines in a hands-on, collaborative environment.
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - a member of the United Kingdom's national Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.
Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre - The BA Acting programme is accredited by the National Council of Drama Training.
The Oxford School of Drama - In 2006 an Equity (the Actors’ Union) survey ranked all the drama schools by the percentage of their graduates getting jobs in the industry. It was placed in top position, at 93%, ahead of all other accredited drama schools.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art - All of its higher education courses are validated by King's College London.
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama - ranked 3rd for drama and 4th for music education in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2010.
Royal Welsh College - a leading UK provider of specialist practical and performance-based training in music and drama.
* Suggested Reading:
Top Universities for Theatre Studies
Drama, Dance and Cinematics Ranking (UK)
World of University Ranking and League Table
In UK there are some university league tables published every year by The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In Australia the Good Universities Guide rating is a very useful handbook for anyone choosing a tertiary institution. For more information please see University Ranking by Country.