Level 2 Diploma Performing Arts (Acting)

Start date(s):
6 Sep 2021
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


Course details may be subject to change

The BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts is a 1-year full-time course that will provide you with a Foundation in Performing Arts.

The course is designed to introduce you to the sector and develop your skills through highly practical, fun and interactive sessions.

Whilst studying on the course, you will take part in a range of projects and perform in a variety of acting styles, in different performance venues. You will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and theatre trips, to develop your understanding of the sector and underpin and enrich your learning on the course.

As part of the course, you will develop industry and work-related experience via a work placement and various live assignment briefs.

You will be encouraged to develop your imagination, creativity and academic skills throughout the programme, through a range of tasks such as presentations, working logbooks, verbal evaluations and performances.


Performing arts students on tour (Dec 2018)

Performing arts students on tour

Students organised and choreographed a range of performances, based on The Dr Seuss Collection of stories.

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 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 externally assessed units, including:
[[[ Individual Showcase
Performing Arts Industry ]]]

Internally assessed units:
[[[Preparation, Performance and Production
Community Arts
Acting Skills
Performance in Context
Performing Arts Enterprise
Jazz Dance Performance
Performing Scripted Plays
Physical Theatre Performance
Developing Improvisation
Voice and Speech for Performance.]]]

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

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 70 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

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above. This will include English or maths at grade 3 or Functional Skills level 1 or a level 1 in the relevant vocational area. Students that are 19+ are required to have 2 years industry experience.