The academy is committed to providing quality vocational training across secondary, further and higher education levels. Each of these levels is validated through different processes and according to varying principles and standards. We recognise the need for our quality assurance to be multi dimensional and able to allow for each programme to develop specific processes appropriate for the frameworks and contexts in which they operate.

Education, learning and vocational training are the core of what we provide at all levels and so practical areas are assessed with the same rigour as conventionally academic programmes. Academic and vocational standards are integrated and not considered as separate or differently valued according to the specifics of each programme.

The academy believes that quality assurance is a central responsibility and that the processes to ensure it should be embedded at all stages within the delivery of the programmes. All staff have responsibilities within quality assurance and it is not considered as an add on or separate to the general provision. 

The overall responsibility for quality assurance within the academy lies with the Principal of the Academy, acting primarily through the Academy Quality Review Board.

The academy recognises that quality assurance is evaluated against a variety of internal and external benchmarks, some formal and statutory (Uk Quality code for HE, Trinity, Drama Uk, ISI, OfSTED), some informal but equally valuable (feedback from potential employers).



Italia Conti Academy has undergone a Review for Specific Course Designation by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has received its final report, which is available in full at:

We have received the following judgements from QAA:

The review team has confidence in The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Ltd’s management of its responsibilities for the standards of the awards it offers on behalf of its awarding body.

The review team has confidence that The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Ltd is fulfilling its responsibilities for managing and enhancing the quality of the intended learning opportunities it provides for students.

The review team concludes that reliance can be placed on the information that The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Ltd produces for its intended audiences about the learning opportunities it offers. 

 QAA Review

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Ofsted (FE)



We are delighted to announce, once again, that The Academy has been graded as 'OUTSTANDING' by Ofsted‘


 "The Principal, Senior Leaders and Head’s of Departments maintain a culture of excellence where students and staff excel."


"The Academy provides students with exceptionally high-quality professional training."


The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. It regulates and inspects childcare and children’s social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, work-based learning and skills training, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It assesses council children’s services, and inspects services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection.

 Ofsted outstanding

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The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to the Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010. The range of these Regulations, which replace those first introduced on 1 September 2003, can be viewed on the website Additionally, inspections will consider the school’s accessibility plan under Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010 and the ban on corporal punishment introduced by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

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CDET ensures the provision of high quality professional dance and musical theatre training through Accreditation of full-time dance and performing arts schools, and has provided the industry benchmark of quality assurance for professional dance and musical theatre training in the UK since 1979.

Full accreditation is only awarded to those schools and colleges that have successfully undertaken a thorough and comprehensive, institutional level review of provision by a panel of CDET nominated industry experts. The assessment of provision is made through: documentary review, discussions with management, staff and students, observations of teaching and learning, scrutiny of graduate destination data and the review of facilities and resources. Accreditation normally lasts for four years after which the school or college must re-apply and undertake a full re-accreditation visit. Throughout the duration of the accreditation, CDET undertakes at least one monitoring visit annually and maintains close contact through its Conference of Professional Schools forum which meets three times a year.


Trinity College London (FE)


Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts is validated by Trinity College London to provide Level 6 Diplomas in Professional Musical Theatre and Professional Dance.

The validation process ensures that course providers of the Professional Performing Arts Diplomas offer the required tuition, support and assessment mechanisms to enable students to attain the high levels of skill required to achieve the Diplomas.

The three stage validation process provides scrutiny and analysis of all aspects of course provision including tuition, staffing, timetables, premises, pastoral care and student attainment levels in order to ensure that courses of study meet the standards required for the diplomas.