Reigate College is fortunate to have a fantastic new Dramatic Arts Centre (opened September 2017), with its own superb studio and dance studio, in addition to a suite of dedicated Performing Arts practice rooms and classrooms. 

Students perform in a variety of productions throughout the year, which recently have included ‘Chicago’, ‘We will Rock you’ and ‘Sweet Charity’, and a final year showcase. These performances give students an insight into working in the industry as well as practical hands-on experience. The department has excellent links with drama schools and professional practitioners who come in on a regular basis to work with students.  

Students benefit from regular trips to the theatre, with recent trips including ‘Curious Incident of the dog in the night’, ‘Book of Mormon’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Gypsy’. 

Many students go on to study Performing Arts at universities and drama schools or work in the industry (e.g. Disney, cruises, touring theatre). 

Take a look at some students’ recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is the equivalent to one A Level. 

What goes well with this course?

Students often complement their Performing Arts course with subjects such as English Literature or English Language and Literature, Media, Film and Business.  Studying Performing Arts often helps students build their confidence and improve their presentation skills.


BTEC qualifications are valued in Higher Education and by employers. Students could consider progression routes into the following areas:  

  • Performing Arts degree at university
  • Drama School
  • Performance Design and Management
  • Careers in Musical Theatre, Dance, Music Entertainment, Singing and Performance
  • Performance Support, Arts Administration, workshop leadership and support

Depending on a student’s other Advanced Level courses, they could also consider working in Drama Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing or Travel and Tourism.

Course Content

These are practical, work-related courses, requiring imagination, sensitivity and the ability to get on well with others. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Performing Arts students have the opportunity to take part in:

  • A Performing Arts trip to New York and Disneyland Paris
  • Workshops with West End practitioners
  • London Olympia Perform Live – a specialist trade show for anyone looking for a future in Acting, Singing, Performing Arts, Stage Management and Technical Theatre
  • Regular theatre visits including the Globe and West End productions
  • Regular workshops and sessions with GSA (Guildford School of Acting),  PPA (Performance Preparation Academy) and KSA (Academy of Performing Arts)
  • Taking part in a variety of College productions: Chicago, Cabaret, Sweet Charity,  Hairspray, Ghost and Sweeney Todd

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


This course allow students to develop skills in Performance and Acting. Students will develop a broad range of performance skills that will be incorporated in a final production.

There is a coursework element, including actor’s logbook, interviews, research and publicity, plus practical assessment.

Towards the end of the course students will plan a possible route into employment either immediately or after further study.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.  In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement: 

  • Grade 4 in English Language  and
  • Grade 4 in Drama (if taken)

Students without at least a Grade 4 in GCSE Drama will be required to demonstrate their ability at interview and some students will be required to audition. 

A typical Performing Arts student is lively, ambitious, hardworking and expressive. It is vital that they are willing to perform in public, work with others, solve problems, plan their own learning, and communicate effectively through speaking. Students should also be able to use information technology for research and for drafting and writing coursework.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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