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UAL Diploma in Performing & Production Arts Level 2

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
    Can you picture yourself on the stage, the screen or even behind the camera? If you are a creative and committed individual, our performing arts courses will help you to break into this competitive industry.

    This course will enable you to explore the wide variety of careers available in the Performing Arts industry. You will participate in a range of activities with local theatres and industry professionals and will have further opportunities to develop experience in a technical theatre, arts education and customer service roles. You will be encouraged to develop your own creative interests and shape your own performances.
    Work experience is an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    Topics covered during this fun and dynamic course include:
    • Performing to an Audience
    • Improvisation & Comedy
    • TV & Radio Drama
    • Dance Styles
    • Technical Theatre

    As part of your programme of study, you will also be given the opportunity to complete a Silver Arts Award. This qualification is highly valued in the Performing Arts Industry and an opportunity to develop your own arts and leadership talents.
    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.

    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills).
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    Performing Arts BTEC Diploma Level 2
  • How will I be assessed?

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    There’ll be continuous assessment throughout the course; this will cover your public performance, your written projects and written log books. The majority of your work will be assessed by your tutors, although your final performances will be marked by an external assessor and there will be a written exam at the end of the year.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Performing Arts BTEC 90 credit Diploma Level 3.
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study you could work as a:
    • Actor, entertainer or presenter and you could earn an average of around £34,000 per year depending on experience and role.
    • A Stage Manager, earning between £18,000 and £45,000 a year.
    • A Choreographer, with your salary dependent on experience, reputation and the production you’re working on.
    • A Lighting Technician, where you could earn up to £27,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have four GCSEs at grades 9-2 (A*–E), including at least a grade 3 (D) in English. You will also be invited to attend an audition/interview.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

    During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Theatre Trips
    • Performances at high-profile events (such as the Bolton Food & Drink Festival)
    • Backstage Tours.
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    Simply complete an application form: apply now
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. 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.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    11.75 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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