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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Adult Loan Amount: 2882.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This highly practical course will put you on the path to an exciting and challenging career in the performing arts industry.  You will develop a range of skills and techniques that are relevant to, and reflective of, current practice within this vibrant industry.

If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade A*-C (9-4), you will also develop your skills in maths.  This will support your main study programme, future progression and life skills.

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least four GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including English Language and a performing arts-based qualification.  Alternatively you may have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade, along with GCSE English Language at grade A*-C (9-4).

In addition, you will need to attend a full-day audition, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Principles of Acting
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Developing Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Jazz Dance
  • Maths (if necessary)

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding of the industry, alongside your practical skills development, will be assessed through a variety of practical and theory-based assignments.

Learners studying maths will be assessed through controlled assessments or a final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Additional costs will include theatre trips at discounted rates and copies of play texts.

What can I do after this course?

The BTEC Extended Diploma reflects current industry practice.  Upon completion of the course, learners will be well prepared for employment or a variety of performing arts-based courses within higher education.

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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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