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Performing and Production Arts (Acting) Level 2



The UAL Awarding Body Level 2 Performing and Production Arts course is a one year course. The diploma is worth 4 GCSE’s at C/4 or above, and successful graduates of this course are invited at the end of the year to transfer onto the UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Diploma in a Performing Arts subject specialism.

Duration of Course: 1 year

Exam Board: UAL





  • What will I study and learn?

    The course is run as an intensive vocational introduction to acting, performing arts and production. It is made up of a series of performance projects.  You will work as a theatre company.  All company members get the opportunity to work on production elements such as set, sound or lighting and playwriting.  During the course you have a chance to work with visiting professional practitioners and undertake a range of trips to support your studies.    

    The course is broken up into units which will be allocated to various projects throughout the year. Some projects involve just one unit, but some will involve you working on several at the same time. 

    The units you will cover this year:

    1.     Introduction to Performance
    2.     Introduction to Production
    3.     Communicating with an Audience
    4.     Staging a Performance 
    5.     Contextual Research for Performance and Production
    6.     Performance Skills and Practice
    7.     Production Skills and Practice
    8.     Personal Project and Presentation

    Producing and Performing to an Audience



During the course you will study the following units:
    • Working in the performing arts industry – This unit aims to provide you with knowledge of employment opportunities within the performing arts industry and the jobs undertaken by those who work in it.
    • Professional development in the performing arts industry – This unit allows you to gain knowledge of a range of career opportunities with a view to your own professional development within the performing arts industry.
    • Performing arts production process – This aim of this unit is to develop your understanding of the essential processes required for staging a performance, including all technical and administrative procedures. It also fosters an understanding of the need for teamwork and cooperation.
    • Acting skills and techniques – This unit focuses on enabling you to develop specific acting techniques. Skills acquired throughout this unit are vital to developing your confidence and understanding of the role of the actor.
    • Devising plays – The aim of this unit is to give you the knowledge and skills to be able to create plays using a variety of devising techniques. This allows for the exploration of subject matter, themes, topics and issues that can be developed to create a unique piece of drama.
    • Performing scripted plays – This unit is about the rehearsing and performing of play scripts. In this unit you will develop the skills required to interpret a role as written by a playwright. You will rehearse a role within a group and perform it before an audience.
    • Developing physical theatre performance – The aim of this unit is to develop your physical theatre skills. There will be opportunities to develop skills in movement, spatial awareness and voice through practical exploration.
  • How is the course assessed?

    Written and practical coursework, and two external exams.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to have experience of the performing arts.

    The course is a practical exploration of the performing arts that requires commitment, discipline and never ending energy. You will perform each term and will be expected to give up some of your evenings and be fully committed!

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    The course is perfect for students with 4 GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above. 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths at grade 3. If necessary, you can retake a Maths or English GCSE to compliment your studies.

    You will need to audition for this course. 

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Many of our students have successfully transferred onto Level 3 courses in Acting, Music or dance and then moved on to drama schools, music conservatoires and universities, including Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15 Acting School, Guildford School of Acting, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bristol, Manchester, Royal Holloway.

  • Are there any costs involved?


    To be advised at enrolment.

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