The College has a thriving and dynamic Performing Arts Centre and students are now able to select from five BTEC Level 3 courses in Performing Arts. Of these, one is a Diploma course (the equivalent to two A Levels):

  • Performing Arts (Acting, Musical Theatre and Movement)

This courses gives students the opportunity to hone their performance skills in the three performance areas, of Acting, Musical Theatre and Movement. Students will also find they’ll play a crucial role in the organisation and development of performance pieces.

The Performing Arts Department is a close-knit, friendly and extremely supportive one, with all staff having worked professionally in the Performing Arts industry. Because of the collaborative nature of the group work, many students find they make life-long friends through their Performing Arts courses.

The courses are practical, involving performance and coursework, with many opportunities to take part in plays and productions. Students will develop knowledge of the styles of practitioners and explore the ideas and themes of contemporary theatre, as well as devising and producing original work.

Take a look at some students’ recent performances (across a mix of Performing Arts Courses) in the Performing Arts Photo Galleries.

What goes well with this course?

If students are interested in focusing on Performing Arts during their time at College, then the Diploma course (which is the equivalent to two A Levels) may well be for them. Students can combine this course with a variety of other subjects such as A Levels in English Literature, English Language, Sociology, Psychology or Politics.

Should they want to, students can focus exclusively on Performing Arts, with the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting, Movement and Musical Theatre) which is the equivalent of three A Levels.


BTEC qualifications are valued by both Higher Education institutions and by employers. Students could consider Higher Education and careers in the following areas:

  • A Performing Arts degree
  • Performance design and management
  • Careers in Acting, Entertainment and performance industries
  • Performance support, Arts Administration, workshop leadership and support

Depending on other Advanced level courses, students could also consider working in Drama Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing or Travel and Tourism.

Course Content

The courses are practical involving critical analysis, performance, and coursework. There are many opportunities to take part in a broad range of plays, musicals and other productions. Students will develop knowledge of the styles of practitioners and explore the ideas and themes of contemporary theatre, musicals and dance shows, as well as devising and producing original work.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Performing Arts students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A variety of College productions, including Sweeney Todd.
  • Regular theatre trips – recent trips have included: Phantom of the Opera, Book of Mormon, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy

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.


During each term of the course, students will work towards a production that will involve a performance of a combination of disciplines. Students will investigate the structure of performance and the training of performers. There will be a practical and written external assessment. 

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 or English Literature

A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts will also be considered. Students without a GCSE in Drama will be expected to demonstrate some previous experience in Performing Arts. 

A typical Performing Arts student is lively, ambitious, hardworking and expressive. It is vital that they should be 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 completing 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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