Level 2 Diploma Performing Arts (Acting)

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will give you the best start to get into a range of careers within the performing arts industry. It is for those who wish to start or further develop their career in acting.

You will get hands on experience throughout this course, including live drama performances at the Gala Theatre in Durham and workshops. There are also visits to and from professional theatre companies.


Sweeney Todd 3

Students prepare for razor sharp performance

Performing Arts students are making sure their acting skills are razor sharp for their forthcoming production of Sweeney Todd.


The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career in the industry. It is an opportunity to learn a variety of acting styles, understand what it means to devise and appreciate theatre, perform at the Gala Theatre in Durham and investigate performing arts topics beyond the classroom.

This highly practical qualification will allow you to explore, develop and test your creativity. You will be provided with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to degree level study or employment.


The course consists of compulsory units, including:
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Rehearsing (2 units)
  • Performing.

Specialist units include:
  • Principles of Acting
  • Applying Acting Styles
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Singing
  • Vocal Skills
  • Movement Skills
  • Theatre in Education
  • Devising Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Theatre for Children
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will develop your performance skills and enhance your understanding of performing arts and theatre work. You will also have access to industry standard equipment so you can experience a professional working environment.

Industry links:

We are very proud of the strong industry links we hold with the West End and many external practitioners. Many of these links provide regular workshops. These sessions will provide you with an insight into the workings of the industry and what can be expected of you in the future.


Undertaking a work placement is a vital part of the course as it allows you to gain an insight into the industry you are studying to work in. A work placement is therefore mandatory and should be the equivalent of 60 hours (two weeks) – it can be taken at any point in the year.
It is strongly suggested that it be taken at the beginning of the year and in holidays to ensure you don’t fall behind in your academic studies.

One of our main placements is at Beamish Museum, this is highly sought after which means that places go very quickly; so in order to avoid disappointment it is best contact them at the beginning of the year. Placements are to be found on your own accord – tutors hold no responsibility for this but will happily guide you and give as much support as possible.

You could progress to a Level 3 Performing Arts qualification at New College Durham.

Meet our students

Darren Brown CS

Darren Brown

Ex-Student, Darren Brown became an associate producer for ITV after studying Performing Arts at New College Durham.

Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

Emma loved the performing arts course here is now studying to become a Primary Teacher at Leeds Trinity University.

Olivia Galloway CS

Olivia Galloway

Oliva is currently in her third and final year of study at Dance City in Newcastle. She progressed straight into higher education and is expecting to complete her (BA) Hons degree in Dance Professional Practice this year.

Sophie Cat

Sophie Catleugh

Sophie is now studying at drama school

Greg CS

Greg Howland-Scott

Greg is now working as a Casting Researcher at Thames TV.  He said the facilities and staff at college were amazing and encouraged him to achieve.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will demonstrate your performance ability and your suitability to the course will be assessed.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of two GCSEs at grades D or above (or equivalent). You will also be required to successfully complete the course induction.