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Course Code: SFVPA119

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Whether you dream of treading the boards and becoming an acclaimed actor, want to dance, direct or make your mark behind the scenes as a stage manager, this course prepares you for the next step towards your chosen career.

You will study a range of units relating to all aspects of performing arts including acting, singing, musical theatre and dance.

During the course you will study a range of performance and dance styles including classical and contemporary theatre performance, auditions for actors, voice, applying acting styles, directing and devising plays as well as core units examining the principles of acting, performing arts business and rehearsing and performing to an audience.

The course is based around practical and academic activities including units that are largely performance or production based.

The study programme also incorporates a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

You will also learn to work and perform in a professional environment and take part in a large number of performances with guest speakers and practitioners throughout the course who will guide you in a number of course-related activities.

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. 

You will be invited to interview/audition where you will have the opportunity to meet the department and be shown the facilities.

You will be asked questions about your interests, and where applicable your compositions and allow you the opportunity to tell us all about your passion for the subject.

Maths and English 

Alongside your course you will study Maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

The course contains a number of mandatory and specialist units in acting, dancing and singing. You will be assessed continually throughout the year as you complete each task within a unit of study. Tasks vary and include practical work, written reports and presentations.

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Students may either enter the profession on completion of this course, continue their studies at Stafford College on a relevant HE course or apply straight to university to undertake a degree programme.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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