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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 22

Hours: 3.00

Start: 01/01/2021

Days / Times:

Tuition (£): 811.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 1 Certificate in Performing Arts provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for learners to contribute to performing arts or musical activities. This qualification will give learners the flexibility to sample different creative areas, rather than specialise too early. It provides a platform for progression and enables the development of generic transferable skills.

Entry requirements

You should present a short audition piece showreel of previous work at interview.

Course Content

Students will study a variety of techniques including acting and dance skills, as well as essential industry skills. The course will culminate in a performance.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed entirely through coursework projects.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Some nominal costs for equipment may apply, depending on the projects that students undertake.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Students who succesfully complete this course could progress to our Level 2 in Performing Arts or other programmes of study.


As well as teaching performance skills, this course develops transferable  'soft' skills which are valued by a wide range of employers.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Joshua Horsley

Joshua Horsley

Stepping out in a dance career

A keen dancer, Joshua Horsley perfected his performance skills both during and outside his Derby College course – taking to the stage regionally and nationally.
He combined his Performing Arts studies with his participation in the award-winning Bounceback contemporary dance youth performance group at Déda in Derby. He also developed an enthusiasm for technical theatre, providing backstage support for a range of College productions.
Joshua’s excellent progress and positive attitude led to him being highly commended in the Media, Music and Performing Arts category of our 2014 Peak Awards. His dedication earned him the Media, Music and Performing Arts prize, sponsored by the Derby Telegraph, at our 2014 Peak Awards.
It was the ideal finale to his College studies: he will now join the first group of learners on the University of Derby’s BA (Hons) Dance, which will be based at Déda.

I hope to be a professional dancer in the future but I am keen to gain behind-the-scenes skills too, which will stand me in good stead for my career.


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