Five GCSEs at grade C and above, including English, and/or a Level 2 qualification or equivalent.
The course recognises the technical skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work within the Performing Arts/Entertainment industries. You need to complete 18 units to pass this course successfully. Examples of units you may study on the course include Production Workshop, Sound for Stage, Stage Management, Stage Lighting Design, Automated Lighting, TIE and Video Imagery.
The course will allow you to develop your technical skills and gives you an in-depth understanding of the importance of the technical team. You will gain practical experience in a wide range of college productions such as pantomimes, dance shows, fashion shows and plays. You may also have the chance of work experience.
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.
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.
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.
After completing this course, you can either go straight into employment or to university. Recent students have gone on to Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Guildford School of Acting, Birmingham School of Acting, Apprenticeship at Outback Rigging, among others. Future careers include stage manager, events manager community arts worker and so on.
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