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Performing Arts & Music Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Develop your confidence and experience as a performer through studying topics such as live music, performance, rehearsal skills and style and development. This course is tailored to include multiple units from Music and Performing Arts, to give you the opportunity of deciding which career path you would like to take within the Performing Arts sector.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be working both independently and in small groups in our fully equipped rehearsal rooms, recording facilities and studio theatre. Much of your time will be spent learning theory and preparing material for performances and assessments. Practical Music assessments take place at local music venues in order to give you real world experience of working in the industry. You will be expected to participate and progress in both Performing Arts (Drama, Singing and Movement) as well as Music Performance, in order to give you the best possible experience of the industry and best possible preparation for a Level 3 course in any of these disciplines.

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.

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 logbooks, 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 also be required to purchase a music kit’ which are available from the college. More information will be given at interview. You will be able to participate in running the of the College radio station and record label where you can release your own music through major online retailers such as iTunes. For detailed information visit http://​www​.infin​itys​tam​ford​.ac​.uk

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course you will be able to audition for Level 3 courses in Music Technology, Music Performance, Performing Arts (Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance pathways). 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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My course has encouraged me to get out into the industry where I’ve made contacts, and am now touring the country with Status Quo!

Bill Pell



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