Drama Access to HE OCNLR Level 3 Diploma

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.

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

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.

First Class Requirements

Please wear comfortable clothes that enable you to move freely.

Every lesson will require a note book and pen.

Please bring a water bottle .

Attendance Requirements

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.

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

Further Study Options

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.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email art@racc.ac.uk

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