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Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR3PAM (2123)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is for anybody with a desire to develop skills and knowledge in the fields of Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre. It is designed to reflect the demands of the performing arts industry and is geared towards preparing students for progression into Higher Education on our own HND programme, University places, further professional vocational training, or into employment. The College runs a HNC and a HND in Performing Arts which you can apply to join after successful completion of your course.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, preferably including English, or a Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts or related area with a Merit.

  • What does the course involve?

    As previously stated the course covers the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required to progress in the field of performing arts. You will be required to attend college for four days a week, with extra time and possibly evenings needed for rehearsals during the build up to performances. Alongside the singing, dancing and acting strands you will explore the business and historical contexts of performing arts whilst also exploring aspects of marketing and freelance work. Throughout the course you will have opportunities to develop personal and professional skills which will improve your chances of employability.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Work is assessed through the completion of assignments. These will be predominantly practical and performance based with supporting evidence of reflective thought. You will be required to undertake relevant research, and present your findings. Practical units will usually culminate in a performance to the general public. These can be at the College theatre, a ‘site-specific’ venue, or at Theatre Severn in the town. A sample of students’ work will be seen by an external moderator to ensure national standards are maintained.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Abbey Parton

Abbey Parton

Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts
Previous school: The Telford Priory School

The end-of-year performance made me decide to come to Shrewsbury Colleges Group. I saw A Night at the Musicals two years ago and loved it. So it is amazing to now be in the performance. The tutor support is amazing and I’m hoping to take a gap year after college, before applying for drama school in London.

Luca Howells

Luca Howells

Level 3 Performing Arts
Previous school: The Telford Priory

I have really enjoyed the course, especially getting involved in the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, where we were allowed to improve and add to the show. Playing Simple Simon was my first lead role and pantomime is such a fun genre to explore.

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