Our Performing Arts Courses are for performers who have a serious interest in developing a wide and marketable range of performance skills. The course combines major performance areas of Acting, Voice and Movement. Emphasis is on development of high-level professional performance skills, supported by relevant theory as well as a solid core of business skills. It is a dominantly practical course and provides numerous opportunities for performance in our professional in-house Theatre and further afield.
The National Foundation Diploma is a one year full-time skills development year and is equivalent to 1.5 A-levels. On successful completion of this qualification, the natural progression is to advance on to the second year Extended Diploma course. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels. Some mature students however may choose to progress from the Foundation Diploma one year course directly into employment or alternative training such as our Level 4 HNC Performing Arts course.
Performing Arts students benefit from access to three purpose-built dance studios with sprung floors and mirrors. There are additional acting studios for class/workshop activity and independent rehearsals. Students are presented with opportunities to be involved with a wide range of work experience and enrichment projects where their refined skills can be put to use in industry/vocational settings.
Course ContentAll Performing Arts courses consist of practical sessions, lectures, workshops and performances covering a range of skills and knowledge and consist of core and specialist elements delivered by subject specialist staff. Study programmes are scheduled to include GCSE Maths & English classes which are compulsory where a Grade C/4 or above qualification has not been prior achieved in one of these subjects.
National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts units may include:
- Developing Acting Skills
- Devising Theatre
- Movement Skills*
- Performing Arts in the Community
- Performance to an Audience
- The Performing Arts Industry
*Additional dance classes optional.
Extended Diploma in Performing Arts units may include:
- Further Acting Skills Development
- Collaborative Performance Project
- Film and TV Acting/Audio
- Site-Specific Performance
- Personal Performing Arts Profile
There are opportunities for theatre visits/trips/workshops throughout the year and we invite in professional practitioners to inspire and give industry advice. There is considerable emphasis on group work and collaboration, so all students are expected to be committed to the group and to the discipline of rehearsal and performance.
Entry RequirementsOur team of specialist course tutors interview and audition every applicant to ensure they are placed on the correct course, please see audition information.
For entry onto the first year Performing Arts course (BTEC Level 3 90 Credit) four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, BTEC L2 Diploma (Merit), or BTEC Extended Certificate (Merit) plus one GCSE at C/4 or above. Profile must include English or Mathematics GCSE at C/4 or above. Satisfactory reference , interview, audition. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
For second year entry onto the Acting pathway (Extended Diploma) successful completion of a Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Practice and a satisfactory reference.
International Entry RequirementsOur team of specialist course tutors interview and audition every applicant to ensure they are placed on the correct course, please see audition information. For entry on to the first year Performing Arts course (BTEC Level 3 90 Credit) High School Leavers Certificate C grade or above or other related comparable qualifications. Satisfactory reference, audition if student is in the UK, video accepted from students overseas. IELTS 5.0 or equivalent certificate.
For second year entry onto the Acting pathway (Extended Diploma) successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Dance, Acting, Performance/Musical Theatre and satisfactory reference. IELTS 5.0 or equivalent certificate.
Duration and DeliveryThe BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma is a full time one year course. If you choose to continue onto a second year pathway you will achieve a full Extended Diploma which is equivalent to three A Levels. On satisfactory completion of a 90 Credit qualification you will automatically be transferred to the second year to gain the Extended Diploma on a pathway of your choosing – Acting, Dance, Performance or Musical Theatre.
Progression The natural progression, upon successful completion, is onto the second year for completion of the full Extended Diploma. Some mature students choose to progress onto an HNC, further training or into employment.
Students who complete the Extended Diploma Acting can progress to Higher Education; many progress onto our in-house HNC Performing Arts or BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Media, while others many win places either at alternative Universities or at specialist Performing Arts institutions to follow degree courses in performance-related areas.
However, we also expect that many will use this course as a direct step into a career in theatre, film, television or other related creative industries employment.