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Course introduction

David Wall Acting
This course is a highly regarded practical Performing Arts qualification. As such, there are clear links with professional actors, directors and writers from the professional world. In recent years, the course has been enriched by these links. Workshops by West-End theatre professionals such as the director in charge of Les Miserables and leading actors from stage and screen have allowed students to receive real life experience of the Performing Arts world – along with experts from drama schools such as ArtsEd in London.



Specific course entry requirements

College entry criteria plus ANY of the following:

• GCSE Drama (minimum grade 4)

• Performing Arts related course (minimum grade 4)

• Related experience of dance inside/outside of school

• By audition

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through mainly practical elements giving the skills necessary for the performing arts industry. Where there is practical work, you must be prepared to perform in front of a public audience as well as peers. There are some externally assessed units but these are still completed like other units but simply sent off to an external assessor to mark.

What will I study?

During the course you will be working on practical and research work based on the profession of acting. You will study four units which look at practitioners in the world of acting, group performances, improvisation and working to a commissioned performance whilst always building your skills as a performer.

You will work individually and in groups to create practical work and then to assess this in relation to other practitioners. As much work as possible is practical in order to build the skills you need for the professional world as an actor.

Pre-course materials

Course activities to prepare for your SJR studies.

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Bridging materials

For year 11 students who have applied and joining us in year 12

Where will this course lead me?

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is valued by employers and universities alike. The course can be used as sound preparation for further study of performing arts at a drama school or university course. Recent leavers have gone on to study at Rose Bruford Drama School, Guildford School of Acting and various universities (including UCLan, Manchester Metropolitan University etc.) to study performing arts or related areas such as stage make-up, teaching and film production.

Other career pathways outside of studying performing arts related courses have been: Teaching, fashion, journalism, PE, sport science, english, law, psychology, counselling with drama skills, stage make-up, sociology and social media marketing.

Students have gone on to study at Northern Ballet School, Lincoln, Edge Hill, Salford, Chester, London School of Musical Theatre, UCLan, East 15 and Guildford.

Music, Acting, Dance
Rebecca Fairhurst
Music, Acting, Dance
Where next?
UCLAN – Musical Theatre

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey