Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

23094L1 | Leigh College
Start Date | 02/09/2019
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

Performing in front of a live audience requires skill, confidence, self-motivation and stamina. Our performing arts, acting and dance courses will equip you with the skills to develop as a performer. You will become prepared for a variety of progression opportunities, including university degrees, specialist dance and drama school training and stage careers in a range of settings, including touring theatre companies. There are many behind the scenes roles that you will explore and experience to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to work in this diverse industry. We have strong links with industry professionals who present masterclass workshops to provide a valuable insight into the entertainment industry.

What will I study?

You will study a variety of modules in both dance and drama. Although this course is predominantly practical, it will involve some written work looking at the performing arts business or the history of dance and drama. In addition you will have the opportunity to be involved in a dance show, a production and workshops/performances outside college.

How long is the course?

Full time for two academic years

How will I be assessed?

Continual internal assessment of assignments, performances and a major project.

What qualifications do I need?

A minimum of 5 A*-C / 9-4 GCSE subjects or equivalent including maths or English. You will need to successfully pass an audition.

What can I progress onto?

Students can progress onto the Foundation Degree in Performance and Education (awarded by UCLan) at the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College. Alternatively you could choose to study a variety of performance courses at university. Most actors and dancers are self-employed and paid a fee for each contract or performance. Rates of pay will depend on who you are working for and the setting you are working in. With experience a stage manager can earn from £25 - £35k a year. Other careers include Dance Teacher, Singer, Entertainer , Creative Director, Producer, Drama Therapist , Company Principal, Choreographer, TV Presenter and Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Other Information

Students will work with a professional team of staff with a broad experience of the entertainment industry. If you are 16 18 years old, you may be eligible for our FREE bus pass. Find out more at There are also three College bus services available for 16-18 year olds travelling to Leigh College; Bolton, Farnworth and Westhoughton to Leigh College; Walkden to Leigh College and Warrington to Leigh College.

Course Fees

16-18 Year Olds 19+ year olds Do I have to pay for my course?
FREE £7185.00 3F

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Course fees shown are per annum (unless indicated otherwise). Courses lasting longer than one year, fees will be payable per year.

If you need advice on any financial support that may be available to you, please contact us on or phone 01942 761111

Wigan & Leigh College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this publication is accurate at the time of going to publication. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time. The College cannot accept liability arising out of such changes or connected to such changes, however it will undertake to minimise disruption to students.

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