BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate in Performing Arts

This course is designed to give you a broad overview of some of the career areas in the performing arts. The course is very practical and will help you perform more confidently. Success on this course will ensure you have the firm basis for work or a higher level of education. Alongside the course you will be able to retake those all-important English and Maths GCSEs

The ACT (Arthur Cotterell Theatre) is a large, professional and flexible work space and there are a number of other studio spaces in the College in which you will be able to develop your talent and create your own work. As well as this, you will benefit from a variety of workshops, theatre visits and input from guest lecturers.


Course Content

The course consists of practical sessions, workshops and performances. You are encouraged to develop as many skills as possible on stage and behind the scenes. Subjects studied include Performing in a showcase, Voice and Speech, Performing Scripts, Movement, Improvisation, The Performing Arts Industry, and Creating Multi-Media work. There is an emphasis on group work and collaboration and students must be prepared to commit themselves to the discipline of performance. Assessment is made through on-going coursework assignments, practical work, and a supported exam.

Entry Requirements

Our team of specialist course tutors interview and audition every applicant for this course (please see our additional audition requirements for details). In general we are looking for four GCSEs at grade E/2 or above, a satisfactory reference and the potential (revealed in interview and audition) to benefit from the course. Other relevant qualifications and experience will, of course, be taken into account.

Duration and Delivery

One year, full time.


Students who successfully complete the course to Merit standard, along with English or Maths GCSE at C/4 or above,  can gain entry to one of the Level 3 qualifications offered at the College (subject to satisfactory reference and interview). However, some students progress directly onto a career in the creative industries. This course provides a wealth of opportunities for developing transferable skills and students will find employment in a wide range of career areas where musical competence and technical knowledge, combined with an understanding of the industry, are seen as vital employee characteristics.

Additional Information

This course is delivered at our Kingston Hall Road centre.


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