What's covered?

The Edexcel Diploma in Performing Arts is a two-year course that is equivalent to 2 A Levels and is designed to provide students with a realistic and demanding training programme in all areas of performance, but with the opportunity to study 1 A Level alongside. This course gives you the skills and all-round experience to be an adaptable and multi-skilled performer as well as introducing you to a range of jobs within the performing arts industry. Drama classes aim to cover a wide range of theatrical styles and periods covering everything from Greek Theatre and Shakespeare to plays that are being written and performed now. Technique classes will develop your skills as performers through movement work (dance, physical theatre and stage combat) and vocal work (Voice and the Actor, Musical Theatre; and you will be given regular opportunities to demonstrate these skills in public performances at a professional theatre in Windsor. All units have a written element which students will need to pass in order to gain that unit. You will learn about the Performing Arts Business, how to make a professional CV, receive audition tips and techniques and meet professional performers, directors and technicians, learn how to market yourself within the industry, and take part in projects such as touring to local schools and writing, directing and producing your own work. Students will be guided into pathways of study which college staff feel the individual will excel at and best prepares them for their chosen career in the very competitive world of Performing Arts. During each year there are opportunities to see live performance work given by other students and also professional work in local and London venues. Costs of such activities vary from year to year.

What do you need?

Four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, or Merit or above in the Performing Arts BTEC Diploma Level 2 and performance experience.

How you are assessed

Practical projects, supported by written work throughout the course. Students will study 12 units over the course of 2 years, gaining pass, merit or distinction for each one.

How Long?

2 years

What course next?

Students who have completed the Performing Arts course at Level 3 have been highly successful in securing places at University (Bath, Roehampton, Middlesex, Winchester, York, St. Mary's, Goldsmiths) and in specialist drama colleges (Rose Bruford School of Acting, East 15). Students now also have the option of continuing their studies at Windsor College for a further two years to achieve a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Professional Drama Practice.

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