Tuition Fees & Funding

Current fees for the course are set out on the Application Form NBS 1, which can be downloaded from this website. These are normally payable termly in advance.

Responsibility for payment of all fees rests with the student or, in the case of a minor, with the parent(s) or guardian(s), except when responsibility for payment of part or all of the fees is detailed and accepted in writing by a third party. Overseas student fees may be paid by automated credit, CHAPS transfer, sterling cheque or bankers draft drawn on a UK bank.

All students are required to give one full term's notice of withdrawal from a course or to pay a term's fees in lieu of notice. There is no remission of fees for absence from part of a course, for whatever reason, and students are therefore strongly advised to consider taking out insurance against loss of fees and medical expenses in the event of unforeseen injury or illness.

Funding – Dance and Drama Awards

Northern Ballet School is one of the leading providers in training for classical ballet and musical theatre and therefore receives an allocation of funds for Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA's) for students each year. The government's DaDA scheme is funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and provides significantly reduced tuition fees for students who show exceptional talent and the potential to succeed in the profession.

“I was advised by the principal of my dance school to audition for Northern Ballet School, where she thought I would be suited, and thankfully I was offered a place with a Dance and Drama Award. The training at NBS was extremely hard work – but I enjoyed every minute of it, mainly because of the tutors who prepared me for the professional world.”

Read more graduate testimonials

Melissa Brown
NBS Graduate 2012

For further information about the awards and eligibility please visit the government's Dance and Drama Awards scheme website: or DaDA's website:

Manchester City Ballet, the classical performance company of NBS, in a production of Coppelia.