Performing Arts Diploma Level 2

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    September 2023


The Level 2 Performing Arts Diploma is for students who wish to gain skills in various areas of performing arts and learn how to apply these creatively.

The course has pathways for dance, drama and singing. You will have the opportunity to perform in several performances throughout the year.

Your training will include accurate, up to date knowledge of the industry as all our lecturers have professional experience of the creative industries and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College.

What will I do?

You will study seven different units covering dance, drama and singing. You will also look at core performing arts skills relating to performance, production, event management and creative business.

You'll train in our dedicated performing arts facilities, which include a dedicated dance studio, practice rooms and performance spaces.

There will be opportunities to gain work experience through the implementation of 'Live Briefs' which allow you to engage with the local business community and work on 'Real World' projects. We also arrange workshops and invite guest speakers including Creative Practitioners who are working in the industry to talk to you and give you advice about your careers.

Your course will also include opportunities to take part in a variety of trips such as London West End shows, national exhibitions, Pineapple Dance Studio, and an international visit to Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.

If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE grade 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or maths.

Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.

The entry qualifications for the Level 2 Performing Arts Diploma are four GCSEs at grades 1 or above (Old GCSE grade G or above) (or equivalent), plus demonstration of ability in creative skills.

The Performing Arts Diploma will take you one year to complete. You will attend Boston College’s Sam Newsom Centre for three days a week.

The Performing Arts Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost £1500.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

There are no examinations on the Level 2 Performing Arts Diploma, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade.

The vast majority of assessment is practical, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation.

These qualifications broaden your understanding of each industry and create a perfect ‘stepping stone’ to university. Successful completion of a Level 3 course allows progression to a first choice university.

Additional costs include £50 per year is required for equipment and you may be required to contribute funds towards enrichment trips.

You will also need to pay a £30 studio fee, which covers the cost of them to hiring equipment for the completion of course work. This is mandatory.

It is also advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge, which is issued back once the key is returned.

How to Apply.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

You can download our course guide