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In Short

As part of this Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre company you will be introduced to the fundamental skills and industry training required to work in the performing arts. As an introduction to the world of performance, the set-up of this company is specifically designed for those of you who do not have much experience of the performing arts, or do not have the appropriate entry qualifications to apply for company 2 or perhaps simply lack confidence. All performing arts students have access to their dedicated common room (‘The Green Room’), the Fleet canteen, Costa Cafe and college sports facilities. This course is taught alongside the L2 in Music.

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Entry Requirements

A successful interview, plus:

  • an audition
  • 4 GCSEs at minimum grade 3 (D) including English Language and maths or equivalent
  • demonstration of an interest in the Performing Arts
  • prepared to work hard if you wish to progress to the next level of Company
  • be a team player
  • related work experience
  • some appropriate practical experience

Course Content

In phase 1 you will undertake skills building and industry training in all three art forms; Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting. In phase 2 you will perform in-house the work you have rehearsed and in phase 3 you will perform rehearsed work for a public audience. A successful year in this company is rewarded with a Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts.

How will I be assessed?

All classes and activities are practical, but there is also a regular and challenging range of supporting written work required. You are taught a full range of performance and arts management skills; these are developed and assessed by internal and external assignments. Each unit is made up of one or more assignments. You are given a grade for each unit and all these are listed on the final Diploma.


The company operates over the course of 1 year, and successful completion works as a foundation for further study should you wish to audition to join company 2 in your second year, or to employment


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You will need to have the basic clothing necessary to do comfortable, safe performance and production work but no ‘specialist’ equipment or clothing is required. A set of blacks is needed for crewing. All students buy a season ticket for entry to the professional productions, which costs approximately £60 per year.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email:

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