2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


1 Year


Level 2

Course code


Fee Information

Please note, these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see Fees and funding for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Course details may be subject to change.

This performing arts course is designed to introduce you to the sector and develop your skills through highly practical, fun and engaging sessions.

Whilst studying on the course, you will take part in a range of performance projects and learn a variety of acting and movement styles.

You will have the opportunity to take part in workshops from industry professional, and theatre trips to local professional theatre to develop your understanding of the arts and underpin and enrich your learning.

You will develop industry and work related experiences in college opportunities, as well as work placements.

You will develop your creativity, knowledge, self-awareness, and academic skills throughout the programme, through a range of tasks and activities such as warm-up games, drama tasks, dance technique, working logbooks, evaluations and performances.

Entry Criteria

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths or Functional Skills Level 1

What are the next steps?

You will be invited to demonstrate your performance ability and your suitability to the course.

Study Aims

This performing arts 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 and movement 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, confidence, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to Level 3 study or employment.

Modules Studied

The course consists of 7 units, including:

  • Skills Development for Performing Arts
  • Professional Development
  • Creative Interpretation
  • Audition and Portfolio process
  • Preparing for a Performing Arts Production
  • Performing Arts Production
  • Responding to a progression opportunity.

Teaching and 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.

Where can it take me?