Performing Arts - 'Acting' Pathway has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • All students are required to audition for a place on the course which will consist of a practical workshop and the preparation of a 1-2 minute monologue.
  • Drama GCSE or equivalent Level 2 BTEC Diploma advantageous but NOT essential



Exam board: Edexcel

100%of students gained Distinction and Distinction* grades (2018)

This practical course focuses on developing skills in performance. It is designed for drama students who love to act, and wish to further their skills in a range of performance styles.

It is largely contemporary in selection of texts and explores applying acting styles, practitioner techniques, physical theatre, work as well as more conventional acting skills. If appropriate, there may be the opportunity to accredit work done outside of college and/or select specialist units to suit the student.

Students will complete the Extended Certificate over two years, and the qualification is the equivalent of one A-level - it attracts UCAS points in the same way as a standard A-level.




Trailer for DNA

Course Structure

The course is made up of the following units: 

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work 
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Acting Styles

Course Delivery

Lessons are a mixture of practical workshops and theory based lessons aimed to provide students with the necessary key skills required for further training in this area at university or beyond.

BTEC Acting Second Year Devised Piece

Enrichment Courses

There are numerous trips to the theatres locally and beyond. You will be expected to see Theatre in a multitude of forms, from Shakespeare to physical theatre to stand-up comedy. Skills workshops are available in addition to lessons, and will be delivered by acting, dance or music teachers. Students may have the opportunity to participate in exciting projects, which have recently included the National Theatre’s Connections project, and ‘Behind Closed Doors’.

As this is a very practical course, and looking to use real theatre experiences wherever possible, there is an expectation that students will be available to perform in a range of shows throughout the year usually in the evenings, and also students should all experience being part of supporting a backstage crew.


Assignments are marked on a regular basis. Students are expected to work independently to keep their folders updated, to include detailed information about their personal development in all areas. Performances will be assessed, but all work will also need to be accompanied by research, rehearsal and evaluative notes in a written portfolio folder. The students can opt to submit their work in a range of formats including; blogs, PowerPoint presentations, viva voce, video diary and written work.

42% of the assessment of the course is via internally marked coursework and 58% is via external assessment.


The facilities relating to Performing Arts include:

  • Fully equipped performance space including substantial sound and lighting systems
  • Excellent state of the art technical/backstage equipment.
  • A bespoke Dance studio with sprung floor.
  • A technician to support performance work and aid students in theatre design.


Level 3 BTECs are valued by employers and higher education providers.  Students completing this course have gone on to Higher Education courses such as BA Honours degrees in Drama, Performing Arts, and a selection of students have gone on to Performing Arts or Drama Schools. The education element of the course would also be ideal for a Teaching qualification and career, or to gain work in a theatre education department.  Students may progress into careers such as acting, theatre backstage production and arts management.  In addition to this, the transferable skills developed over the duration of the course also enable students to progress into a range of other employment in the creative industries.



There are no direct charges on this course.  However, students will be given many opportunities to get involved in workshops/theatre groups outside of college and regular theatre trips. Student should therefore allow between £30-£50 to put towards these excellent opportunities.

Partnerships and links

We have strong links with Bristol Old Vic, West Acting Workshop/ITV Studios, Screenology Film School, and many local theatre companies and professional actors.  Students benefit from regular workshops, visiting speakers and theatre trips. Our Career Ready Scheme which matches successful applicants with a professional mentor who works in the industry.

Excerpts from 'Oliver!'

Audition date for 2020 entry: 17th March

Details will be sent to those who have applied for this course.