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Access to Drama

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Our Access to Drama course is taught very practically with a large emphasis on “doing” and “exploring” for the student.

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 more.

The course leads to an Access To Higher Education 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.

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.


Access to Drama


Specialist areas covered may include:


  • Acting Scenes to Performance,
  • Analysing a Scene,
  • Final Production,
  • Movement,
  • 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 fairly large amount of writing concerned with the course to be completed out of class time. There are no formal written exams.


Possible Degree RoutesPossible Career Routes
 Drama and PerformingActor/Actress
 ArtDrama Teacher 
TheatreDrama Therapist 
 Radio Presenter 
 Stage Manager
 Theatre Director 
 TV Production Assistant

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