Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 02/07/2021

Fees and Finance

16-18 Free
19-24 £3,697 p/ year
24+ £3,697 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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Our Performing Arts study programmes are validated by University of the Arts (UAL) . The drama pathway encompasses actor's training including learning how to work with contemporary and classical plays, preparing for auditions, physical theatre, voice, singing, improvisation and acting for camera. The course provides extensive training supported by regular live performances in our dedicated Waterloo performance studios, external venues and Tressillian Theatre. You can expect to be involved in at least 3 performances each year plus our annual festival, schools tour, live industry briefs, and site specific performances around London. Your tutors will be industry practitioners who have extensive current knowledge and training in the creative industries.

Aims of the course

The main aim of this course is to train you to be an actor, but it will also gives you the skills and understanding to tailor your career path for a range of opportunities in the creative industries. Although the majority of our students continue to year 2 and then to drama school, some move into technical theatre training or apprenticeships. Your training with us includes a great many transferable skills and you will learn to work collaboratively demonstrating imagination, creativity, dependability and self-reliance

Unit Breakdown

Unit 1 Principles of Performance Unit 2 Engaging with an Audience Unit 3 Introduction to Professional Practice Unit 4 Contextual and Critical awareness Unit 5 Production Skills and Context Unit 6 Performance Skills and Context Unit 7 Preparation of Specialist Skills Unit 8 Collaborative Performance Project

Assessment Method

You will be continually assessed throughout the year in a qualification that is made up of 8 units. Units 1-7 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERAL, and unit 8 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. Your assessment will be based on your rehearsals, workshops, performance roles, evaluation and reflective logbooks, video diaries, and presentations

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead to further study on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance and Production Arts and preparation for drama schools and universities. We have one of the highest rates of progression to higher education opportunities to Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths & RADA, LAMDA, ALRA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Queen Mary University and MMU.

Career Options

Progress to Extended Diploma, Creative apprenticeships, Higher Education, drama school, university and employment

What can I earn as an actor? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained actor you'll be starting on a very fulfilling and varied career path with the opportunity to earn well: Actors generally earn around £15,000 a year to start with, and £24,000 with a few years' experience ? but obviously the sky's the limit with film work, for example!

If you want to turn your passion for acting into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our graduates can be found working in TV on EastEnders and Luther, on the national tour of The Gruffalo, and in the West End ? and with the right training, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow in their footsteps. To find out more go to https://www.lscollege.ac.uk/courses/drama or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above


Bespoke training by our partner institutions e.g. 6 week acting and audition preparation from tutors at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. You will attend a wide variety of theatre trips to see plays, attend workshops and tour drama schools. You will participate in theatre in education tours to local schools, research trips to the wealth of museums and galleries surround our Waterloo campus, and community projects in Southwark.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location above.

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