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Level 2 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

This course offers training and experience for students who wish to pursue a career in performing arts.
Course description: 

This course is vocational which means students will undertake the role of a performer throughout the year. Study is primarily practical and linked to the theoretical aspects of the specific discipline.

The course includes modules in industry related business and staging a public performance. Subject specific units related to each performance discipline are also delivered. In total, students will work towards a minimum of three public projects including touring, comedy, devising and script work.  

Students will participate in public performances and become part of our theatre company, Platform Productions. The company’s artistic policy is to provide theatre of the highest quality within the local community and beyond. Platform Productions embraces the talents of young people and provides a hub for learning, training and development. Students will gain all the necessary skills and experiences within a working theatre. To view recent prodcutions check Platform YouTube.

This course is an ideal starting point and will give students an exciting mix of practical and theoretical skills and knowledge prior to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas or AS/A2 programmes. The qualification is equivalent to four GCSEs grade A-C.

Key tasks could include:

  • learning lines and rehearsing
  • researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part
  • discussing interpretation and delivery with other members of the company and the director
  • performing for a live audience
  • performing in a theatre or 'on location'
  • audio as well as visual performances
  • rehearse/polish performances in your own time
  • managing the day to day running of the theatre, including front of house duties

Students will need enthusiasm and commitment and also be able to attend rehearsals and performances (some will be in the evenings).

Entry requirements: 

Applicants for this course should have four GCSEs at Grades A*-E, or equivalent, and will also be asked to participate in a workshop/audition.


Assessment is on-going throughout the course and requires students to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. 

Assessment activities that students may undertake include; participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, coursework, research, keeping journals, writing essays, giving presentations, discussing and evaluating work.

Academic progression: 

After successfully completing this course students could progress onto a full time UAL Level 3 Diploma programme in one of the five pathways of Acting, Performance, Dance, Musical Theatre or Production.

Career progression: 

This programme offers an ideal starting point for a career in performing arts, prior to the UAL Level 3 Diplomas or AS/A2 programmes.

This is a Level 2 course:
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Course: Performing and Creative Arts
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