Acting OCR (Level 3) | New College Courses

Acting OCR (Level 3)

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The Course


This is a vocational course and is designed for learners who want to eat, sleep and breathe Drama and Acting! It will introduce you to all the skills you will need to progress onto university, drama schools and ultimately pursue a career in acting. As outlined below, this course allows you to study over one or two years which makes it the perfect qualification for those wishing to study other A-Level/BTEC subjects alongside the course. We also allow learners to study the full subsidiary diploma in one year – this is suitable for learners taking a ‘gap’ year or as a ‘pre higher education’ course.


In the first year you will study:-


*BTEC National Certificate in Acting (equivalent to AS Level)


In the second year you will study:-


*BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Acting (equivalent to 1 A Level)



Course Requirements

Normally, you will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language at Grade 4 or GCSE Grade C,  plus GCSE Drama/Performing Arts. In addition, all applicants will undertake an audition.                                                    



Study Programme

Examples of Units of study: -


Principles of Acting - You will discover key theatre practitioners and their practices such as Constantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht and perform extracts from contrasting scripts.


Theatre in Education - You will have the opportunity to devise your own piece of Theatre and tour it around local schools.


Auditions for Actors - This will teach you about selecting, rehearsing and performing monologues. Ideal for those looking to audition for drama school and universities.


Performing to an Audience - Over the course of the year you will rehearse and perform a full length play and perform it at a local theatre.


Subject Specific Investigation - This is a theory unit where you will be required to research and present information on a theatrical subject that interests you.


Contemporary Theatre - This will introduce to modern theatre and you will have the opportunity to perform extracts from two different contemporary plays.


The assessment of the units will require you to complete Portfolios, Actor's Logs alongside Performance assessments. There are no written exams.



The average time for this course is approximately 8 hours per week. 




You will be able to make use of the excellent facilities in the Phoenix Theatre complex, which has a full stage with professional light rigs, computerised lighting and special effects capabilities.


There is a large Dance Studio with sprung floor, bars and mirror wall, which is also equipped with a full lighting rig.  We have rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, an extensive costume store, paint shop, purpose-built dressing rooms and a sound recording studio.




The college normally provides all articles, handouts and study booklets, and you will need to buy your personal copies of set texts and the occasional theory book.  You will also need loose, comfortable clothing for all practical classes, as well as ‘overall clothes’ for building and painting sets.




We run a number of theatre trips and also regularly invite practitioners in to work with you. Recent include: Othello at the Lyric Hammersmith, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Theatre Royal Bath, Frantic Assembly (in house workshop) and entry into the National Theatre Connections programme.



Further Information

*19+ learners please note that, for funding purposes, the Government classify these courses as equivalent to a ‘full level 3 course’


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