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Access to HE Diploma Performing 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.  

Your study programme will develop your practical skills and creative thinking through a process of contextual research, discussion, exploration and experimentation, problem solving, review and analysis. This is an intense course with integrated academic skills to prepare you for higher education including reading and understanding texts, note taking and essay writing.

You will receive tutorial support in the development of your personal work, showreel 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.

  • 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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    You must be 19 or over to apply for the access course.

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