What courses can I do after this?
Students can progress to a one-year Honours degree Top-Up (level H), or employment in a range of performance-related activities. The FdA Performing Arts is focused on preparing students for work in the industry. The department has strong links with the profession and working practitioners. The expectation of students on the course mirrors the Performing Arts with an emphasis on discipline, focus and ambition. For more information, please refer to careers guidance/course specific details on The College’s Higher Education website:
What jobs can I get?
Throughout the course you will work with various industry professionals. As part of the work experience units, students will study briefs that are set by companies and individuals from within the performing arts industry. There are also opportunities for teaching, producing, directing and performing.
We can provide full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the Performing Arts sector such as Acting (Film Theatre and TV), Singing, Variety, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Theatre, Classical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Contemporary Dance, Production roles (Lights, Sound, and Stage Manager etc) or to progress to vocational qualifications such as an FDA in Contemporary and Musical Theatre and Contemporary Dance at Bournemouth and Poole College. Alongside the Performing Arts and entertainment industry, the transferable skills you will develop will enable you to find work in various industries i.e. Customer Service, Project Management, Team Leading, Professional Development, Recruitment, Sales, Media, Events Management and Advertising.
To do this course you should have...
Four GCSE passes at grade 4 (formerly C) minimum, including Maths* and English or equivalent, plus
Two A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ3 or
Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Creative and Media may be considered in combination with other qualifications, or
An Access to Higher Education Diploma
UCAS tariff points 48 from two full A Levels or equivalent, including one full A Level at 32 tariff points (i.e. grade C) in a relevant subject.
Relevant subjects: Dance, Performing Arts, Drama
What about work experience?
International entry requirements
If you are not from an English Language speaking country, you will need to have a minimum of UKVI IELTS 6.0. We accept a wide range of academic qualifications awarded overseas and use the UK NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) guidelines for international comparisons. For tuition and accommodation fees please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/international/courses/tuition-fees and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.
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* Please note fees are subject to change.
£6,750 per academic year
Students who are eligible, can apply for a student loan with Student Finance.
For tuition and accommodation fees please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/international/courses/tuition-fees and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.
The course is made up of a mixture of practical and theoretical sessions.
Year 1 - Level 4 - Core Units:
• Introduction to Performance
• Skills Development 1
• Skills Development 2
• Performance Contexts
• Industry Project 1
Year 2 - Level 5 - Core Units:
• Performance Practice
• Specialist Skills 1
• Specialist Skills 2
• Theatre Arguments
• Industry Project 2
Continual Assessment through a series of practical performances, written assignments and oral presentations. 100% attendance is expected to pass the programme.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry.
More about the course
You will have the opportunity to perform in the Jellicoe Theatre which is a fully functioning venue. We produce 22+ shows per year with a variety of shows including Musicals, Dance Shows, Classical and Contemporary Plays
Please note although accredited by Arts University Bournemouth, students on this course will enrol directly with The Bournemouth and Poole College.
Venue: The course is delivered at The College's Jellicoe Theatre.