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Performing Arts Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Devel­op your con­fi­dence and expe­ri­ences as a per­former through study­ing top­ics such as show­cas­ing tal­ent through live per­for­mances and film, devis­ing, direct­ing in per­for­mance and pro­duc­tion work. This course gives you an oppor­tu­ni­ty to try many styles and gen­res in Dra­ma, move­ment and singing.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

Study­ing Dra­ma, Dance and Singing in both a per­for­mance and pro­duc­tion role. In per­for­mance you train in a range of tech­niques in dra­ma; nat­u­ral­ism, act­ing for TV, musi­cal the­atre, com­me­dia del arte and mime. Dance; con­tem­po­rary, Jazz, street, musi­cal the­atre and phys­i­cal theatre.

Singing; vocal train­ing, singing in role, musi­cal the­atre and pop.

Prepar­ing you for the next step; Lev­el 3 Per­form­ing Arts or work­ing in the industry.

Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, or a rel­e­vant Lev­el 1 qual­i­fi­ca­tion. In order to be offered a place on the course, you must also suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete an audi­tion and inter­view. For the audi­tion, you may choose to per­form a piece of music or a mono­logue from a pub­lished play. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion will be sent to you when you are offered an inter­view date.

Need to re-sit? No prob­lem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/C in GCSE maths or Eng­lish, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are no exams for this course. You will build a port­fo­lio of work for each of the units and com­plete a mix­ture of per­for­mance based prac­ti­cal assess­ments along with ongo­ing log books, research and evaluations.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be required to wear plain black clothes that you can move freely in for all prac­ti­cal per­form­ing arts lessons. You will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with a range of The­atre Com­pa­nies and Prac­ti­tion­ers. You will have oppor­tu­ni­ties to watch live the­atre. We pre­pare you for the next step, cre­at­ing or devel­op­ing your CV, cre­at­ing an online port­fo­lio, prepar­ing for agents and auditions.

Poten­tial Future Career

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course you will be able to audi­tion for, Per­form­ing Arts Act­ing, Musi­cal The­atre or Dance path­ways, Lev­el 3 cours­es in Music Tech­nol­o­gy, Music Per­for­mance. This course also aims to build con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills that are trans­fer­able to and desir­able for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent indus­tries and vocations.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Intro­duc­tion to performance
  • Intro­duc­tion to production
  • Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with an audience
  • Stag­ing a performance
  • Con­tex­tu­al research for per­for­mance and production
  • Per­for­mance skills and practice
  • Pro­duc­tion skills and practice
  • Per­son­al project and presentation
  • Pro­duc­ing and per­form­ing to an audience


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The course has devel­oped my per­for­mance tech­nique and with sup­port from the Col­lege I suc­cess­ful­ly audi­tioned and appeared on BBC Doctors.

Ryan Chapman



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