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Performing and Production Arts Level 2 Diploma

The performing arts play an important part in many people's lives either in active participation or through watching. This course studies all areas of the performing arts from performing to publicising your own event.


Exam Board: UAL




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All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code LC0EB / 10001

    Start Date September

    How long is the course? 1 Year(s)

  • What will I study and learn?

    This is a one year practical course where you will develop your expertise in acting and stagecraft. You will participate in several productions over the year, including a devised piece and a scripted play. You will take an active role in marketing, designing and producing your shows, as well as performing in them. Lessons are mainly practical, but written work is an essential component, making up at least 30% of your assessment. The focus of the course is building the teamwork skills, confidence and knowledge you would need to progress on to a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in performing arts.

    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?

    You will need:

    4 GCSEs at grade D or above including GCSE English at a minimum of grade D and GCSE drama preferred


    a pass in all the units of a level 1 diploma in an appropriate subject with GCSE English at a minimum of grade D.

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

    Provided you have obtained a merit or distinction and passed your GCSE English retake (if necessary) you should be able to move on to the level 3 extended diploma in performing arts (acting) or (dance) or the level 3 extended diploma in music/music technology.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Resources, trips, activities etc £70.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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