Course Details

Two-Year Diploma in Performing Arts

Our Two-Year Diploma in Performing Arts is designed to equip students with the skills required to meet the demands of the performing arts industry. The course is holistically delivered through practical module-based learning, and equal focus is placed on acting, singing, dance and film and television.

The course is continually assessed and monitored through personal mentorship from our core staff and tutors, and focuses on individual progress both artistically and pastorally. Significant emphasis is placed on live performance and students are offered frequent internal and external performance opportunities during the course.

Students will not only hone their performance skills in acting, singing and dance, but also develop knowledge of how to become independent practitioners, who are able to create their own work in the industry. All students receive individual tuition as part of the course as well as full guidance and support with auditions for professional training.

At the end of the second year, successful candidates will be awarded an OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. This is a Level 3 qualification, the equivalent of 3 A Levels.

Curriculum Study Support

All students receive access to our VLE which includes Moodle and use of their own Office 365 account; they also have regular vocational tutorials with our Head of Curriculum.

To aid their study and research, students have access to Pancras Square Library which is a modern, welcoming space with the latest performing arts reference books, plays and DVDs. As part of its modern facilities and strong community ties, there’s a PC suite with a range of new computers and tablets. Internet access is free and Wi-Fi is available.


At the end of the course, students will be awarded an OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

This is a Level 3 Qualification, the equivalent of 3 A Levels, for entry into professional vocational institutions/universities. The course carries a maximum of 168 UCAS Tariff points.


Students are assessed continually for the duration of the course.

Performance Opportunities

Students will perform in-house presentations to the Academy faculty and invited guests. In addition, first year students will have the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At the end of the second year, students perform in a full-scale musical at a London off-West End venue to a public audience including industry professionals.

Course Duration

The course duration is 36 weeks per year.

Contact Hours

There are 35 – 40 contact hours per week depending on projects and performance opportunities, usually 9.00am – 4.30pm. Some evening / weekend rehearsals and workshops will be timetabled as required.

Areas of study

Acting for Stage

Film and TV

Singing Technique

Voice for Actors

Radio Acting




Performing Arts Business

Commercial Dance

Body Conditioning

Stage Combat

Mask and Puppetry

Community Arts and Children’s Theatre

Technical Theatre and Stage Management

Audition Technique and Repertoire

Professional Practice




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