Performing Arts

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: UAL

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting)
  • English and maths at an appropriate level

Summary of course

This course is designed to develop your potential for working in the acting profession and prepare for future qualifications. You will cover a wide range of performance skills, contextual related activities and be given the opportunity to be involved in public performances. The method of learning is by a mixture of both tutor led and practical sessions.

All units are internally assessed through practical performance and written coursework and they are moderated by an external examiner. The final Unit grade determines the overall grade achieved by the student. The coursework and units up to the final assessment are graded at satisfactory pass, high pass and very high pass, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

If you have not yet achieved a Grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics, you will also be working towards these qualifications as part of your study programme and there will also be opportunities to work with local theatres and to go on visits to shows either locally or nationally as part of your studies.

To get the most out of this course you will need to be enthusiastic, happy to work with others and confident to perform in front of an audience.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Introduction to performance
  • Introduction to production
  • Communicating with an Audience
  • Staging a Performance
  • Contextual Research for Performance and Production
  • Performance Skills and Practice
  • Production skills and Practice
  • Personal Project and Presentation
  • Producing and performing to an audience

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

All units are assessed and graded internally through a portfolio of practical and theoretical work. The final unit is moderated externally. The final unit grade determines the overall grade for the qualification.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in the performing arts and wish to gain a Level 2 qualification in acting.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you could progress on to courses such as a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting, Musical Theatre or employment. To progress to Level 3, achievement at a MERIT grade is required at Level 2 and GCSE English at grade 4(C).

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5 A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 2 entry requirements including GCSE English

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 3 (D).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

A £60 contribution towards theatre trips, visits and a personalised hooded sweatshirt will be payable at enrolment in September.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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