This practical and exciting course will prepare you for the demands of the world of contemporary, professional theatre.

It will enable you to become adaptable and resilient, develop your acting techniques, hone your performance skills, and experience working in a company.

You will study five practical units to become a well-rounded performer and theatre maker.

Our units and assignments are guided and influenced directly by the industry, and you will have a wide range of opportunities to interact with professional theatre practitioners.

The written elements of the course are based on live briefs and practical assignments that mirror what happens in the Performing Arts industry.



Course Units

Prepare to work in the Performing Arts sector

This unit will give you an understanding of the range and diversity of Performing Arts.

You will learn about the jobs and organisations that make up the industry, how it is funded, and how companies are supported and regulated.

Proposal for commissioning brief

This unit will equip you with the skills needed to set out proposals in response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops.

Influential performing practice 

This very practical unit will give you the framework that will stay with you for your entire career, studying different influential practitioners and embedding their techniques into your performance work.

Combined arts 

This unit will allow you to create a new performance by reinterpreting an existing piece of repertoire.

You will integrate two or more different art forms or styles of performance into a new reimagined piece of devised work.

Performing repertoire

A repertoire is the collected works of an individual practitioner or company.

You will study their work and then recreate it with your interpretation in the form of a performance.

As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
  • plus three more GCSEs at grade 4.

You will be assessed via performances and coursework completed under timed conditions, 60% of units are assessed externally and 40% of units are assessed internally.

Many students go on to continue their study of drama/acting at University or Drama School.

Some past learners have progressed to work in theatre companies, technical theatre, film, leisure and entertainment roles, and as drama therapists.

Drama also enhances and works well alongside many other courses such as Nursing, Law, Psychology and English to name but a few.

Drama will help you develop many transferrable skills desired in a great range of careers.


Is Drama an easy subject?

Only if you are passionate about it.

Some students assume Drama is an easy subject but this is not the case; it takes dedication and teamwork to succeed in the Arts.

You will develop problem-solving skills, organisational skills and of course rehearsal and performance skills.

Acting as a profession is competitive – in all areas of work you will have competition for a job, and the Arts are no different. Just like in any field, you have to work hard and be the best you can be to succeed.