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Performing Arts
Performing Arts
Mode of study HE Full Time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 9 September 2019 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code FLR4PAH001 (1920)
  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    This course is aimed at anybody who wants to develop their skills within Performing Arts, especially those who want to continue their studies at University or Drama School Level. This course is also suitable for those who are already working in the industry and want to further develop their skills.

  • Entry Requirements

    The ideal candidate will have a passion for the performance and will hold an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or Equivalent related qualifications (3 A Levels or above), the equivalent to 160 UCAS Points. Where you do not hold appropriate related qualifications you may apply for the course demonstrating academic ability through a portfolio of work. International students please see our website To be able to study on this course you will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English -normally IELTS 6, First Certificate with A or B grade. If you do not have these language entry requirements, we recommend that you enrol on an English Language course first to prepare you for further study.

  • What does the course involve

    The course has been designed to provide a developmental and vocational bridge between gaining admittance to subject specific employment, university, dance or drama school. The course structure will allow you to develop skills within all three of the performances disciplines with a key focus on personal achievement and growth. Our specialist tutors will help you become competent, confident and innovative within your practice through their teaching and the opportunities provided. Alongside our specialist staff you will also have the opportunity to work alongside current practitioners, over the past two years we have had guest lectures from cast members of, Urinetown, Les Misserables, Miss Saigon and many more. As well as performing within musicals, concerts, cabarets, plays, radio dramas, music gigs and auditions students will also take on production roles.

    Whilst studying on the HNC, students can expect to learn a great deal about the backstage production of performances including stage management, lightening operation and sound operation. For those students with further interested and desire within this area work experience in professional venues is often organised. As visiting companies also uses the College venues, students have the opportunity to work collaboratively with outside Companies thus adding to their network of contacts.

    The course includes the following units: Mandatory core units: Creative Arts Research Skills (20 Credits) Level 5; Creative Arts Professional Practice (15 Credits) level 5. Specialist Units: Voice and Speech in Development (15 Credits) Level 4; Musical Theatre Performance (15 Credits) Level 5; Dance for Musical Theatre (15 Credits) Level 4; Small scale touring in the Performing Arts (15 credits) level 5; Naturalistic Acting (15 credit) Level 4; Performing Arts Workshop Leadership (20 credit) Level 5.

  • How is the course assessed

    The majority of assessed of work is delivered through performance. Other methods of assessment will include written assignments and presentations. Your final grades will depend on the portfolio of evidence you produce to demonstrate your achievements.

  • How much does it cost

    Students are required to own the following items: Basic ballet shoes; character shoes; movement clothes; basic stationery; Dictaphone.

  • What do I do next?

     Complete the online application form at and click on the 'Apply' part of the site. You can then click 'Register/ Log in' to begin the registration process. Shrewsbury College students must register as 'a student at a college' and input our buzzword "Shrewsbury2019". At the course section, select your chosen subject and course provider is Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.

    If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the programme most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Abbey Parton

Abbey Parton

Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts
Previous Institution: 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.

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