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Drama

Our Performing Arts study programmes are validated by University of the Arts (UAL) Performing and Production Arts (Drama Pathway) includes acting, dance, vocal training, devising and Theatre in Education. You can expect to be involved in at least 2 major performances each year, one of which will be your level 2 group performances.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs D-F / or 3-2 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    You will be continually assessed throughout the year, units 1-9 of the UAL qualification. Units 1-8 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERAL, and unit 9 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. Your assessment will be your performances, evaluation and reflective logbooks, video diaries, and presentations.

    Aims of the course

    The aim of this course is to give an introduction to performance, providing you with knowledge and skills necessary for future progression within the performing arts. You will work collaboratively demonstrating imagination, creativity, dependability and self-reliance.

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course can lead to study on Level 3 UAL Diploma in Performance and Production Arts.

    Facilities

    Creative and performance workshops, industry workshops, enrichment activities and work experience placements, theatre trips and research visits.

    Career Options

    On competition of this course it is advised to apply for a Level 3 Qualification

    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.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 1,441 p/year
24+ £1,441 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

And Then?

College isn't just about a social life and good grades. Check out what sort of careers this subject can lead to.

Arts officers, producers and directors

£44,000

Therapy professionals n.e.c.

£64,000

Musicians

£35,000

Caldeen Benjamin Kusi-mensah

Caldeen Benjamin Kusi-mensah

I chose to study at Lewisham Southwark College because it was the only College nearby that specialised in Performing Arts. The course included Drama, dancing and singing, all of which I was keen to pursue.

Jadzia Francis

Jadzia Francis

I’ve become more confident and more accepting of things that I may not be able to control, I’ve learnt to use my time well, valuing my time here and enjoying every minute that happens.

Max King

Max King

The programme is hard work, but I’m up for it. The teaching here is inspiring, passionate and dedicated. It’s a really friendly environment.

Selina Jones

Selina Jones

The course at Lewisham Southwark College has changed my life. I feel like I’ve really grown, been challenged, exposed, and come out the other side. I owe nearly everything I’ve achieved this year to Karla and the College.

Ibrahim Shote

Ibrahim Shote

Southwark College is a vibrant place where you get prepared for the world outside of education. When I was there I was in the company of good friends, I had an amazing tutor, and we were all doing what we loved to do. It was hard work but it didn’t feel like it.

Elena Cebotari

Elena Cebotari

The staff here have shown me how to get better and improve my work – and I’ve already started seeing a difference, even after only 2 months. We also get amazing professional work placements – like the Plague Event at the National Maritime Museum.

Indre Navickaite

Indre Navickaite

One of the things the College has taught me is to set my goals much higher because you never know what you can achieve until you try. Once I have some experience, my plan is to set up my own theatre company and work with people from different cultures around the world.

Tommy Warner

I loved Lewisham, as they did plays that were similar and the same standard as those at drama school, which made the transition to higher education much easier.

Fiona Oakley

Fiona Oakley

Sometimes learners will get a ‘lightbulb moment’ which transforms their attitude to studying – and that was certainly the case for Drama student Fiona Oakley.

Shanara Edwards

Shanara Edwards

I always knew I wanted to perform, and Southwark College helped me further my dance training, I learned a variety of dance styles and was given extra singing lessons so I kept up those skills too.

Jason Borley

Jason Borley

If I were to give advice to others considering performing arts, I’d say be yourself, don’t worry about what others think. Being different makes you unique. Work hard and take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t stress out – enjoy your time learning and believe in yourself.

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