Access to HE Diploma (Drama)

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Find out more about our one year Access qualification


The 'Access to HE diploma', accredited by OCN, offers an exciting and disciplined course of study in practical drama training to enable students to progress to the 'Professional acting diploma (two year)' or other drama schools.

Divided into two groups, during this challenging course of study, you will work with experienced professional practitioners and teachers in physical theatre, Stanislavski, Shakespeare, voice work and musical theatre. You will also work on the methodologies of Meisner, modern monologues, rehearsal to performance classes and screen acting in our purpose built TV/film suite. The year culminates with a final production with full production values, directed by a professional guest director.

The course is open to anyone who has completed a one year part-time drama foundation course or equivalent, either at Build or elsewhere



While the primary nature of the delivery of this course is vocational and practical, this course is the equivalent to three A'Levels.

As such, there is an element of coursework to be undertaken over the duration of the year:

  • Extended research project (3000 words)
  • 3 essays (each of 1500 words)
  • 3 study skills booklets
  • Personal development journal and accompanying notes

This is all manageable, and you will be given in-class support in order to achieve these.


Standard Working Week

The course is run over 9hrs each week throughout the year (please note: there are NO half term breaks)

You will be required to sustain 100% attendance over a Wednesday evening, Thursday evening and Saturday morning/early afternoon.

Course Details