In their first year, our students undertake all aspects of the performing arts through a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts, accredited by Pearson Edexcel. The Diploma consists of six units selected to give them a strong foundation in all aspects and areas of the arts. In the second year they move on to a Level 3 Extended Diploma, consisting of an additional seven units. These combined qualifications are equivalent to three A-levels and enable students to progress on to higher education, at drama school or University . Capable learners will also complete a Trinity Performance Certificate in either Acting or Musical Theatre in their second year.

Students will study acting, singing, dancing and musical theatre, historical and contemporary performance work and theater craft, and relevant industry skills. In their first year, they will build a foundation in all these areas and develop a practical and theoretical understanding, as well as developing their own skills and techniques. They will apply these skills to performances, focusing on the integration of all disciplines. In the second year, they will continue to build on their learning, and they will also have the opportunity to undertake greater challenges, following a more individual pathway, which will develop their personal strengths, interests and career opportunities.

The classes will provide an important grounding in acting for stage and screen, dance, movement, singing and musical theatre. There will be many opportunities to perform a variety of styles and roles, in plays and musicals; inside our own Scaffold Theatre, theatres further afield, to children in local schools as part of your Theatre in education unit, and to people within the local community. We also provide opportunities in house to gain experience working with young people in our classes, and offer work experience placements during your course within the industry, both in theatre and television. All students have regular opportunities for private lessons in acting and singing.
For young people aged 18-19 that have already completed some level of further education (Level 3 Extended BTEC, A-Levels or equivalent) we offer a  one year course. It is perfect for students that are taking a year out before re-auditioning for drama school, and want to improve their

skills, work on audition material, and gain performance experience. The gap year course is fully funded and students gain a Level 4 and Level 6 Diploma in Performing Arts. It is important that students wanting a place on this course already have a good foundation of training and experience in the performing arts.

Throughout the Summer Holidays we offer a three week long Performing Arts Course for young people aged 16-19 years. Depending on age and experience, students undertake a Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts. This is a fully funded course and enables the participants to
perform in both a full length play and a
complete musical. This is a very rewarding experience but does require commitment, energy and passion from any young people wanting to take part. There is a large amount of work involved to achieve these qualifications and required standards of performance in such a short space of time. This year the course runs from Tuesday 1st - Saturday 19th August.
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