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Drama school students face 15% cut in higher education places

10:36, 17th November 2011

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (CDD) has warned applicants could face a cut of 15% in students accepted onto drama school courses, if government plans are to go ahead.

The government plans for there to be more competition in higher education. They propose that universities should compete for students who receive AAB and above at A level. This would affect the number of places given on the basis of auditions rather than qualifications.

CDD has raised its concerns in response to the governments plans, ‘because the conservatoire recruits on talent and potential rather than on formal qualifications, its AAB+ population will vary considerably year on year.’

If government plans do go ahead it could mean 15% fewer places for UK and EU students applying for drama school places. CDD maintains that they will strive to, ‘continue competing with the best in the world in the UK national interest, and to provide access to this training on the basis of talent alone.’

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