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Access to HE Diploma Performing Arts

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OCN Access to HE – Theatre Arts


This one-year course is ideal for those interested in a future career within Performing arts – Acting. The OCN Access to HE courses at RuTC is designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners in preparation for progression to higher education.

This is a practical studio and online based course which will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of most acting/drama practices. You will have support to create a portfolio for application to higher education and creative practice employment, with specialist assignment options.

Specialist pathways include, but are not limited to: 

Improvisation: Scripted and Non – Scripted

Voice Skills for Acting: Training for auditions, character changes …

Diversity and performance: contextual research into performing arts companies.

Screen acting: practical acting skills for the screen, based in the TV studio, developing skills in acting for the camera.  

You will receive tutorial support in the development of your personal work, show reel and website production and in the HE application process including UCAS.
There is a studio fee of £100 a year to pay upon enrolment that will help to subsidise the cost of the range of practical resources and trips that you will have available to use during the year.

Access to Higher Education programmes are designed for students who are aged 19 and over as of 31 August. However, if you are 18 on the 31st August please contact us by clicking the enquire button below so that we can discuss your options.

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Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

Please complete and submit an application form by clicking the 'apply' button at the top of the page.

Once your application has been processed, you will be invited for an interview. At the interview you will be required to show evidence of relevant skills (eg any certificates) and a strong commitment to study.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code ACRPAE/RTA/1

    Start Date Monday 16 Sep 2024

    How long is the course? 32 weeks

    What time does the course start? 5:30PM

    What time does the course end? 8:30PM

    When does the course run? Mon, Tues, Weds & Thurs

    How much does the course cost? Tuition fee £3,928 Exam fee £0 Certification fee £100 Materials fee £100 = Total fee £4,128

    Is this course eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan? Yes

    Is there a registration fee? Yes

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body OCNLR

    Is an interview required? Yes


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