Acting OCR (Level 2) | New College Courses

Acting OCR (Level 2)

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  • What are OCR Technicals?


Cambridge Technicals are vocational courses with an emphasis on ‘learning by doing’. It is an essential foundation for anyone wanting to become an actor.


The OCR Level 2 Certificate / Extended Certificate in Acting is a one-year course which is equivalent to two GCSEs at grade C or above.  You can study it alongside additional GCSE or AS Level subjects, depending on your prior achievement and timetable.



  • Where It Will Lead


You can choose to continue your performance studies at New College by extending your qualification to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts or AS Drama and Theatre Studies.


It also prepares you for any career where communication skills, the ability to work in a team or dealing with the public are important.


  • Study Programme


The course has 4 units that give you a broad range of study:


For the Certificate you will study: -


Acting Skills & Techniques: - This unit will introduce to the essential skills and techniques will need to become a focused and dynamic actor.


The Performing Arts Industry: - This unit allows you to gain knowledge of a range of career opportunities with a view to your own professional development within the performing arts industry.



Performance Project: - This unit gives you the opportunity to plan, devise and perform you own piece of theatre.


Performing Scripted Plays: – In this unit you will explore plays by a number of different playwrights. You will then have the opportunity to take on an acting role and perform in a scripted play to an invited audience.


10 2nits

  • Assessment


All units are assessed in a variety of ways, including: performance of work, report-writing & presentations.  There is no final examination.


You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly evaluate and discuss your progress.

  • Course Requirements


You will need to have 4 GCSEs at D or above, including English Language at Grade 3 or GCSE Grade D. If you do not have this grade profile you will be required to attend an audition. You must also have a willingness to commit to rehearsals outside of normal College hours.


*Please note that these entry grade requirements may differ to those published in the 2017 prospectus.  Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.



  • Time


The course is 6 hours per week.


  • Facilities


You will make use of the excellent facilities in the Phoenix Theatre complex. 


  • Expenses / Visits


You will need to have practical clothing; tracksuit and t-shirts.


As part of your Course, we will try to organise various trips to see a variety of live theatre that will hopefully inspire and inform you and your work.  You are asked to pay the reasonable costs of ticket and travel.


  • Further Information



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