Performing Arts

Summary of course

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

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 back stage and front of house, 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 communicate and interact with a production team (including working with actors, dancers, musicians).

The Level 2 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts provides a full-time introduction to performance, production and design for the Performing Arts that give students a broad diagnostic experience that develops an understanding of Performing Arts as a collaborative activity.

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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 technical theatre.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • Level 3 OCR Introductory / Subsidiary, Performing Arts (Production pathway)
  • Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma
  • Specialist Technical training
  • HND Technical Theatre at Northampton College
  • University
  • Employment

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at Grade D[3] or above or a Level 1 qualification with English and maths at GCSE grades 1-3 [G-D] or Functional Skills Entry Level 3. You must attend the Workshop Session in the summer.

Interview Requirements

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

General Info (materials required for the course)

You will be expected to be aware of any Health & Safety requirements of the course. A pair of steel-capped boots is required.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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