Music & Performing Arts
The cultural and creative skills of the UK are highly respected and in great demand. The sector covers many careers including live performance, composition, theatre, dance, recording and training to name just a few.
Our teaching staff are all experienced professionals in their own fields as musicians, performers and artists and are committed to helping you fulfil your potential. Weymouth College has purpose-built facilities including:
- 250-seat professional theatre with two stages, complete with industry standard lighting and sound system
- Fully-sprung dance studio
- Two drama studios, one complete with lighting and sound systems and a 2-camera television recording/editing suite
- Four computer suites containing 50 computers running music technology and composition software
- Four recording suites
- Two DJ studios
- Four music performance studios with custom-built silent sound system.
We run a regular theatre programme at the College’s professional theatre including student performances and touring professional theatre companies and artists.
Completing the Level 3 course is widely accepted as an entry requirement onto degree or HND courses.
There are many career opportunities in music technology, and the music staff will assist you in researching some of the possibilities. Some of the possible careers include: Sound Engineering, Studio Work, Recording Business, Arts Administration, Composition, Music for Film & TV, Publishing, Performance, Music Therapy, Teaching, (Primary, Secondary, Further, Higher or Private), Session Work, Music Theatre.
A BTEC Extended Diploma is seen as equivalent to 3 A Levels for the purposes of Higher Education. Most universities will accept it as a valid qualification for entry to degree courses in drama, dance, music, arts administration, and performing arts. There are now a number of Foundation degree courses in these areas at drama schools and colleges (including one at Weymouth College), for which the BTEC Extended Diploma is a primary qualification.
Dance, drama and music schools all accept the qualification as valid and relevant to their professional training courses, but entry to them is only by audition. We have a strong track record of sending students on to these vocational schools and several have since entered the profession.
The course is also a valuable foundation for a wide range of vocations as trainers and employers recognise, and you may go on to train further in teaching, social work, public relations, arts admin, nursing, police, the media, marketing & retail or personnel work.
Students who completed this course have also moved onto employment with professional theatre companies.