Performing Arts (Acting) Level 3
Type: Full Time
Subject: Performing Arts and Music
Start Date: 31 August 2022
Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information
Who is it for
Do you dream of a career on stage? If you enjoy creative theatre and want to
develop the skills to enable you to become a confident, enthusiastic and inspired
performer, then this is the course for you! You will be prepared to work hard and put
in long hours for rehearsals in the pursuit of excellence, both as an individual and
as part of a performance team. Students are encouraged to participate in live
performances, national and international competitions, work as part of Peterborough
College's Arts Theatre Company and take part in the National Theatre's Connections.
Interview Skills Assessment
You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application. You may also be asked to attend a second interview to demonstrate your practical skills.
What will I need
5 GCSEs at grade 4/C including English. You will need to attend an interview and audition before starting this course.
What is covered
Throughout the course you'll study topics including developing skills and techniques
for live performance, acting styles, physical theatre techniques, singing techniques
and final live performance to an audience. In your second year you will be involved
in a performance project and form a theatre company, which is structured and
managed by the students. Your group will be responsible for the whole process
of selecting, producing, marketing and performing a piece of theatre within a
How is the course assessed
You will complete a number of assignments, including assessed live performances, written and practical projects.
What can this course be combined with
You will be enrolled on a study programme that includes various aspects of study that complement your main programme of study. You could re–take GCSE English and Maths or study a functional skill. You could also work on cross–college arts projects.
You will have the option to audition for a performance piece to submit for selection to Sunday Times' National Student Drama Festival (NSDF).
What can this course lead to
You can go on to study for a degree in subjects such as performing arts (for
example the BA (Hons) Performing Arts which is offered here at University Centre
You may also wish to study theatre at a specialist performing arts academy or
theatre school such as Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Goldsmiths College (University of London) or Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The course can also lead to work in the theatre industry as a performer,
administrator or practitioner. Careers in arts development, community theatre or arts youth work are also possible.
Are there any additional costs
As part of the course you will need to be available for select evening rehearsals and
performances (dates are provided well in advance). You will require appropriate
practical clothing/performing arts and dance uniform. All students on the course
will go on field trips for which you will need to cover the costs and arrange transport
home after college hours.
You will need to be available for evening rehearsals and performances.