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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 tutors are great and give you all the support and skills you need to become a well-rounded performer. I’m now studying at LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).

Zara Whitwell



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