The question is, what's your goal? Are you aiming for a professional career or just acting as a hobby?
Either way I can tell you that you can't learn acting from home. Acting is about reacting and interacting with other people. You also need plenty of feedback, which you cannot give yourself. And you also can't just learn more about acting as a whole in a year. Acting is a craft which people study for years, at top schools, and they carry on to study it throughout their career. There are always new things to learn and others to improve.
With that being said, if you're just taking acting for fun, as a creative outlet, any local classes will do. But if you're aiming for a career, you're gonna have to apply to a top-quality (and expensive) acting school for about 3 years (meaning, a school where well-known and respected acting teachers teach and successful actors graduated from). You'll also need to take workshops and such (again, run by well-known and respected people). workshops, etc. DON'T hire coach - that's not what they do! Coaches help you with certain areas when needed, like learning how to speak in a certain dialect or preparing for auditions, etc. Apart from quality training, you'll need plenty of low-level experience, which you've already started getting (the indies, not so much the school play). So continue doing that. Also look into student films and other local non-professional productions. Also, join a good community theater. Continue landing leading roles. Win some awards for your acting. In addition, take vocal and dancing lessons as well as other skills you can master and then add to your resume to give it a boost (for example: horseback riding, martial arts, acrobatics, dialects, etc.). Your goal for the next decade or so is to build a resume strong enough to impress potential agents when the time comes. In addition to everything else, if you're interested in pursuing it professionally, make sure to learn about the realities of acting and pursuing it. After all it's show BUSINESS.
This is how it's done in the US. If you're in the UK, do mention that and @Cogito will explain more about acting in the UK. It's a little different and a lot harder.
As for that particular role you landed, you should do your research about *it*. For example, if it's a period piece, learn about that period. Or if they have mental illness, learn about that mental illness. And so on.
And lastly, acting is acting. You learn it on stage, that's the basis of acting (and that's how acting schools teach). You can take acting for screen *in addition* to regular acting classes, but it's not enough if you're serious no matter if it's for a career or a hobby.
Hope this helps, good luck!
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