Performing Arts First Diploma - Edexcel

Level 2

Who is this course for?

This one-year full-time course is aimed at people who are interested in the technical side of theatre/performance venues e.g. sound, lighting and stage management.

Formal Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade D and above, including English, or successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma or equivalent.

What does the course involve?

This is a practical course, equivalent to four GCSEs and will give you strong foundations for designing and operating lighting and sound, and managing and producing shows. During the course you will design, operate and stage-manage fashion shows, dance performances and theatre shows. 
You will complete the following units: The Production Process, Sound Operation, Lighting Operation, Design for Performance, Crewing for Performance and The Performing Arts Business. The course recognises the technical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work within the Performing Arts/Entertainment industry. You need to complete six units to pass this course successfully.
As well as classroom-based learning there are many opportunities for students to gain practical experience in a wide range of college and touring productions, such as pantos, dance shows and straight plays.
Functional Skills will also form an important part of your course. They are the skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life. When you start the course, your tutor will discuss which Functional Skills are the most appropriate for you.

Enrichment activities

Students have opportunities to see professional performances in the West End as well as locally. You also have an opportunity to engage with community and local authority organisations.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and practical work. Learning methods include: practical workshops; theatre productions; private study; tutorials; theatre visits and class work.

Where can I go next?

You can progress to the Level 3 Technical Theatre BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.