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Drama Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma (C00004-171801)

This course is part of our 2017/2018 curriculum offer.

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Course Overview:

Access courses are designed to enable people aged 19+ to gain a qualification which is accepted by universities as an alternative to ALevels. Access courses are delivered over one year as opposed to the two years required for A Levels. An access course is therefore ideal for anyone who left school without formal qualifications, or for people who wish to change career without having to do two years of Alevels.

The Course leads to an Access To University Level 3 qualification accredited by the Open College Network London Region. This is equivalent to 2.5 A levels. This course is also appropriate for application to CDS Drama School or university.

Our Access to Drama course is taught very practically with a large emphasis on doingand exploring.

Lessons are taught by a combination of tutors and include workshops, presentations, lectures, group and individual work, debates and discussions and performance.

You will encounter visiting speakers, workshops, acting companies, and visiting local actors, including regular visits from alumni. In previous years this has included: Tom Hardy, Sam Waters, Nic Knight, Cinnamon casting and many more.

There is also a significant amount of written homework within the course- to be completed out of class time.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

Entry Requirements:

Entry onto the course is by an audition and an interview. Details will be sent at application stage.

Although no formal qualifications are required, some universities require English and/or maths GCSE at Grade C or above, and you should check with your preferred university. You should be able to read and write English fluently

This course is designed for 19 plus learners

You will be required to write fluently in English and you should be prepared to read and study at home.

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Advanced Learner Loans

If this is your first full level 3 course and you are aged 19 to 23 you don’t need to take a loan as this course will be free for you.

If you are aged 19 or over and have previously completed a full level 3, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all or part of the fee. You may be able to take more than one loan depending on the courses you want to study.

Find out more about the loan

Course Content:

Through the course of the year you will take part in workshop productions and at least one full production. Lessons will be underpinned by classes in appropriate technical areas, with work on personal research and professional disciplines.

Specialist areas covered may include:
Acting Scenes to Performance,
Analysing a Scene,
Final Production,
Stage Combat,
Acting Methodologies: Meisner, Stanislavsky, Chekov and Strasberg
Contextual studies,
Exploring Text,
Television techniques,
Voice skills and techniques,
research studies

There is a compulsory reflective diary to keep throughout the year.

Please note: There is also a significant amount of writing concerned with the course, to be completed out of class time.

There are no formal written exams

Assessment Methods:

There is a learning journal and production diary to be kept, along with a number of written assignments and some formal written tests to check understanding, this is for entrance to University. As this is a practical course you will be required to take part in all practical assignments.

You will be assessed through performances and reflective written work

Additional Information:

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.

Bring To First Class:

Please wear comfortable clothes that enable you to move freely.

Every lesson will require a note book and pen.

Please bring a water bottle .


Regular attendance of 100% (apart from exceptional circumstances) is needed to ensure that you are able to cover all of the course content and assessment successfully.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

You may wish to apply for a drama school offering degree level courses, university, or other higher education facilities, or one of the CDS.

The skills learnt will also enable you to secure professional work as an actor.

For further information on career opportunities take a look at the Sports and Culture sectors on the National Career Service website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
You are expected to keep a daily learning journal which is a reflection upon your learning and the lessons, learn lines, rehearse outside of class, complete assignments- on average 6 a term

What will happen if I miss a class?
You will be expected to catch up with what you missed in your own time

When will the exams take place?
During the class, and productions

Do I need any special clothing or equipment?
Loose comfortable clothing, with appropriate footwear.
We strongly advise: tracksuits and loose t shirts.

Is there any tutorial support?
Yes. Tutorials are available throughout the course

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.


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