This course will equip students with a broad range of skills in Acting, Singing and Dancing through a highly practical yet rigorous vocational programme that has the philosophy of knowledge based performance at its heart. Performing Arts students will benefit from the use of superb facilities including a fully equipped rehearsal studio, lecture theatre and versatile performance space.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum entry requirement of five GCSEs at grade 4 including English.
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  • Students are required to attend an entry audition where they will deliver a monologue lasting 1 minute and take part in a group singing and movement workshop.
    • Auditions will take place in August
  • A passion for performing is essential and any practical experience such as Drama GCSE, Performing Arts BTEC, or being a member of a Drama company would support your application

What will I study?

Equivalent to: 

  • 1 A-Level

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Course Content

  • Year One
    • Students will study four units, assessed by college projects and practical exams assessed by an external examiner. These include Investigating Practitioners’ Work, Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance and Group Performance Workshop. Learners will discover the work of different directors and use these techniques in their own performances to a live audience. The emphasis on the course is learning the essential skills of working in a theatre company. These include high level performance skills using voice, physicality and communication. Students will work as part of a professional team and demonstrate outstanding skills of team work. Recent productions at the College have included; Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy Malone, Romeo and Juliet and Sweet Charity.
      • Willingness to perform to a live audience is essential. Singing and dancing ability is also desirable but not essential.
    • Musical Theatre Performance
      • ‚ÄčTo complete the year, learners will have an opportunity to use all of their newly acquired skills in a final musical production. This unit combines the skills of acting, dancing and singing and explores the interaction between the three performance skills and how to apply them appropriately to meet the performance requirements of particular pieces. The final product will be performed several times to reflect the professional experience of producing theatre.
  • Year Two
    • Performing to an Audience
      • In this compulsory unit, students are encouraged to polish their performance skills. They must concentrate solely on how their vocal skills and their body within the performance space can be manipulated to convey meaning and consistently communicate to an audience. Students are assessed in two final practical public performances.
    • Auditions for Actors
      • Students will research and document entry routes into acting establishments such as Drama School, University and roles in Theatre, Film and TV. They will prepare the necessary monologues ready for a night of performance auditions which will be internally assessed.
        To complete their portfolios, students will have the opportunity to receive head shots from a professional photography studio and will complete a CV and letter of application in response to a job vacancy. Students will submit a log book including their reflections on practice, skills audits, research, CV and job application.
    • Contemporary Theatre Performance
      • Students will select, research, rehearse and perform two contemporary contrasting plays. This unit is the final piece and students are expected to organise the entire projects themselves. This includes casting, concepts, character development, rehearsal schedules, production meetings, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and marketing.

Where does it lead?

Performing Arts can lead to degrees such as Acting, Performance Studies, Drama, Theatre Arts, Acting for Theatre, Film and TV, Musical Theatre, Stage Management, Arts Administration, Events Management, Writing for Stage and Screen, Directing, Media, Film Production and TV Production.


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“I studied Performing Arts with Psychology and Travel & Tourism at Cadbury College, achieving a DS* in Performing Arts. Passionate about theatre, I am now studying a degree in Drama and Performance at the University of Worcester.”

Lauren Clarke