This course could be your first step to television, film or theatre work, be it either in performance or technical support. Employment within the industry not only depends on talent, but also a sense of determination to succeed. As competition for acting jobs can be extremely fierce you might consider working voluntarily for a local theatre, for example, in order to gain some valuable experience and make important contacts.

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

After the 2 year course, progression may be to university to study for a degree, our own Foundation Degree in Contemporary or Music Theatre, specialist training at Drama school or to employment. The skills learnt on this course will help you in a variety of careers within television, film or theatre work, stage, cabaret, leisure (redcoat/ cruise ships) film or TV work. Employment within the industry not only depends on talent, but also on a sense of determination to succeed. You will be given advice on self-employment and potential routes.

What jobs can I get? 

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, 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.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

You will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (formerly A*-C) including English and maths grades.

What about work experience? 

International entry requirements 

If you are not from an English Language speaking country, you will need to have UKVI IELTS 5.5. 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.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
CJC3FN014F 06/09/2021 £0.00 £0.00 £2882.00
There is an Advanced Learner Loan available for this course.

* Please note fees are subject to change.

International Fees 

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.

Course content

Course Content 

This course offers a comprehensive introduction and exploration of performance and theatre in the form of practical workshops and skills development. You will regularly have the opportunity to work on productions such as plays, student devised work or showcases. In addition, you will learn about the production process and see and analyse theatre work in the Jellicoe Theatre.


You will study 18 units over two years including:
• Classical and contemporary performance
• Devising
• Jazz Dance
• Principals of acting
• Singing
• Historical context of performing arts
• Voice
• Theatre for Children


During the course you will develop your ability to respond to drama performances to improve your understanding of social and cultural contexts of theatre arts, as well as developing your performing skills.

More info

Start Day/Time 

Hours of attendance and start date will be confirmed at enrolment.

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3

Awarding Body 

EDEXCEL BTEC

Curriculum Area 

Creative Industries - Performing Arts

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, all of which you will attend as part of your course.
Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and carry the same UCAS points for HE entry.
Provide education and training for performing arts employees.
Provide performing arts employee’s opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised vocationally specific Qualification.

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3

Awarding Body 

EDEXCEL BTEC