English & Drama Course

Our English and Art Course combines our highly popular General English Course with an exciting and creative course covering theoretical and practical approaches to art.

This course is available for students with an intermediate level of English and above.

  • Course Dates

For academic reasons students can start
on any of the following 2019 dates:


07 & 21 January

01 & 23 April

06, 20 & 27 May

19 & 26 August

03, 16 & 30 September

14, 21 & 28 October



  • 27 lessons p/w (21.75 hours p/w)
  • Adults age 16+, all nationalities
  • Max 14 students per classroom
  • FREE teacher led self-study sessions
  • End of the course certificate
  • Two Different Units

Exploring and Developing an Actor’s Skills
In this unit we consider the actor’s use of voice and body to interpret the playwright’s words through a series of structured exercises. This includes working on short open dialogues and exploring different vocal emphasis, different movement and different body language to change the meaning.

Text Work – from Page to Stage
We work on texts leading to performance of selected scenes in the final week of the course in the Barn Theatre. The skills and techniques covered in the first unit will be used in the rehearsal of the chosen scenes. The choice of plays and scenes will be dependent on the number in the class and the male/female ratio. The intention will be to choose texts that give good opportunities to all members of the class, playing roles that allow them to develop their acting skills.

  • Drama Lessons

We have a very experienced drama teacher who trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. The course is taught partly at Loxdale, but mostly at the Southwick Community Centre in the Barn Theatre. This is a marvellous, professionally equipped theatre space, so students are able to work on their acting skills in an inspiring environment. The aims of this course include developing self-confidence, imagination, individual expression and creativity.

  • Different Styles of Theatre/Acting

Physical Theatre
Work on images, tableaux, metaphor and Expressionism to create non-naturalistic improvised work. We will look texts that allow us to explore physical theatre techniques and develop physical theatre skills.

Commedia Dell’arte
A practical exploration of the stock characters and key aspects of Commedia such as Lazzi. Building physical comedy skills. Then dividing into groups to rehearse and perform some Commedia scenarios.

Exercises to introduce a variety of improvisation techniques such as Accepting, Building, Blocking, Thought tracking, Spotlighting, Hot Seating, Rewind.

Mike Leigh
Working in the style of Mike Leigh, the students will create naturalistic three-dimensional characters and then develop these characters in a variety of scenes. Scenes will be edited and rehearsed to create short pieces of drama. The students work towards putting on a short performance to fellow students.



1 week2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks5 weeks
6 weeks7 weeks8 weeks9 weeks10 weeks

Additional weeks are £122 per week.


Half-Board Lunch, Half-Board Dinner and Full Board also include breakfast and dinner at weekends.
Please find more information about accommodation here.

  • All of the above options cater for vegetarians, low fat diets & allergies
  • We also cater for gluten free, dairy free diets, halal & vegan at extra cost of £20 per week


  • Booking fee (£90)
  • Course materials (£30 per 10 weeks)


  • One way airport transfer: Heathrow (£125), Gatwick (£90), Stansted (£170)
  • Insurance (£5.79 per week)
  • Cambridge or IELTS exam (between £142 and £170)

Sample Programme

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Art based lessons
or Lecture
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Weekly Talk then
drama based work
Self-study centre has a teacher
to advice you on extra studies
Drama based workDrama based workFree Afternoon

The School is open until 17:00. You can stay at school to use the garden, computer room, self-study room or classrooms to continue your studies or just to socialise with your friends.

The school Pavilion is open from 17:30 to 21:00, Mondays and Thursdays, for our adult students. Amongst other things, here you can listen to music, watch a film, play pool, table tennis, board games or computer games, do your homework, play piano, use the wi-fi or just relax and chat to your friends in ENGLISH!

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