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Course overview

This course aims to provide a strong foundation whilst learning a broad range of topics relevant to the performing arts business and is designed to prepare you for progression to further study at Level 3 in a specialised area such as music technology, dance, acting, musical theatre, music performance or technical theatre.

The mandatory units are generic but you will specialise in your preferred skill embarking on practical projects and having the experience and opportunity to develop your skills and talents relevant to the industry. For instance, working on a number of performances based around scripted plays, song writing, dance, solo and ensemble music performances, composition, sound, lighting, special effects, or even stage management.

As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade 4-9 or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade 3).

The study programme will also incorporate 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 and will also be enriched by attending extra activities alongside level 3 students to prepare you for your transition onto the higher level course.

What else do I need to know?

This course will provide you with the confidence and skills to take on to a Level 3 programme or employment giving you performance opportunities throughout the year to help improve confidence and build a strong portfolio. The performing arts pathway will also offer trips during the year to see local theatre productions and west end shows. Workshops will also be delivered by outside artists to give candidates a diverse range of experiences and skills they can use in the industry.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above. However, if you have a keen interest in the subject and commitment to succeed, your entry requirements will be discussed at interview.

Experience in acting is necessary along with some performance ability, typically in acting, dancing and/or musical theatre. Your level of ability will be assessed in an informal one to one audition with the course leader.

How is it assessed?

You are assessed throughout the course both formally and informally. Assessments take the form of both practical and theory, which is assessed and evaluated by the staff who teach you. The results are available for discussion and advice and you are given a record showing how best you might progress on the course. Your overall qualification is designated a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 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 www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

Successful completion of Level 2 Extended Certificate in Production qualifies you for application to Level 3 Extended Diploma in general or specialist subject areas, a merit grade being preferred for progression.

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