Performing Arts Diploma – Level 1

This programme is a fantastic foundation and introduction to the performing Arts aimed at learners who have struggled academically or who may need specific support with their education. Learners will work through various exiting units which will include Dance, Acting, Business Organisation and Major Performance Processes. This programme will also allow the learner to focus on many different types of transferable skills, enrich their social ability's and broaden their knowledge of the arts and the Creative Industries.

The course is very specific in terms of the units offered which are very much industry based, while at the same time giving a rich and varied scope of creative performance techniques. This is a very practical course focusing on transferable and vocational skills. This will allow the learner to experience all the many facets of the Performing Arts in order to create a solid foundation for further study, may that be dance, musical theatre, music or drama pathways.

The course is very much performance based, the learner will be working alongside other Level 1 learners, gaining experience and training in all areas of dance, acting and singing. Learners will also study a unit in career planning, which will heighten research skills and promote an understanding of theory. Learner support will be a very integral part of the course, tailored to the specific needs of the learner.

There are also many other opportunities to gain experience when collaborating and working alongside higher level learners when taking part in production processes and extra-curricular activities/classes.

  • What will be studied

    A range of units will be studied over the one year period including:

    • Vocal techniques
    • Dance fitness
    • Solo performance
    • Career planning
    • A final production performance
  • What are the entry requirements?

    There are no formal requirements for entry onto this course, however, you will be required to have:

    • A passion for the subject
    • Potential to work well with others is essential.

    You will need to attend an interview and an audition, or present a portfolio of work appropriate to the subject area.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    Many of our students progress on to a Level 2 programme in Creative and Performing Arts upon successful completion of the Level 1 qualification and attendance is deemed to be good.

    Course related careers include acting for stage and TV, directing, dancing, musical theatre performer, performance artist, stage design, stage management or artistic management

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    At the end of this innovative course, you will gain a RSL Level 1 Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts

  • How will this course be delivered?

    This course will be delivered through:-

    • Practical presentations
    • One to one tutorial work
    • Class rehearsals
    • Allocated coursework  



    The course is run across four days - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.



    Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but this may vary.

    Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.

    Additional times will be communicated to you via your course leader.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There is a strong emphasis on practical work. A large number of the units are assessed practically with elements of written essays, reports, presentations and 1-2-1 tutor assessments

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online at

    As previously mentioned, individual circumstances where learners do not fully meet the entry requirements may be considered. Please enquire at point of interview.

  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Student Services on 01562 512003 or for more information.

    While on the course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson tasks, such as,

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:

    After completion of this qualification, you'll be able to progress on to our Level 2 programme in Creative and Performing Arts


Start Date : September 2020 End Date : June 2021 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 1 Year
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