Performing Arts

Summary of course

You will cover a wide range of performance and contextual related activities. There are at least two full scale productions in each year, in house shows and performances in the community. The method of learning is by a mixture of both tutor led and practical sessions.

The qualification comprises a combination of practical and theory-based assignments.

You will also get the opportunity to perform for friends, family and members of the public on a number of occasions, go on a variety of trips and visits to theatres and shows and learn about setting up small theatre touring companies. We have strong links with The Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton and you will get the opportunity to attend workshops with professional practitioners and other companies.

This qualification offers a wide choice of units to reflect the range of opportunities available within the performing arts sector. At Level 3, students have the option of a specialist pathway where they can take a learning route that fits with their individual career aspirations. It provides students with an understanding of performing arts through engagement with techniques, the work of practitioners, industry conventions and community projects.

If you have not yet achieved a Grade 4(C) in GCSE Mathematics, you will also be working towards this qualification as part of your study programme.

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 and alongside other arts disciplines.

What will I study?

The units you will study on the Acting pathway are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Skills development in performing arts
  • Professional practice in performing arts
  • Community arts project
  • Performance Workshop
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Developing Voice for the Actor
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Theatre in Education
  • Devising
  • The Practice of Directing Theatre
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Classical Theatre Performance
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Historical Context/PAB
  • Storytelling/Scriptwriting
  • Masks/Performing Repertoire

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

Most of the assessment will be by both practical and written assignments throughout the programme, which are internally assessed.

From 2016, the new Extended Diploma in Performing Arts will have a number of externally assessed units. These will be in the form of externally set tasks carried out over a set time period and performance assessed by an external examiner.

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 3 qualification in acting.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Progression routes include:

  • Drama school
  • University
  • Employment

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 [C] or above or Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts plus GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 [D] or Functional Skills English and maths at Level 1 . You must attend the Workshop Session in the summer.

Interview Requirements

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

General Info (materials required for the course)

A £60.00 contribution towards theatre trips and visits will also be payable at enrolment each year.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. 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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