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Performing Arts Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance and Production Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 (PER1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This course will provide you with the skills within all aspects of the four disciplines of acting, dance, musical theatre and production arts. The course also provides you with opportunities to develop skills in creativity and performance, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline.

Course content

This course is highly practical and allows you to develop skills to give you the best chance of a fantastic career in performing arts. You will develop your communications skills and selfconfidence, understand different types of theatre and genre and work as part of a committed and creative team. You will be involved in performances in our versatile venue, The Electric Theatre, as well as our more intimate studio performance space.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and maths


Courses may be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical or examination. For up to date information please visit


Financial information

Financial support

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund for travel (up to £700), if your household income is below £20,000 you could be eligible for food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Guaranteed bursaries

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*


You can get FREE meals at college if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply16 +44 (0)1226 216 123




Future opportunities

This course could form the successful foundations of a career in:

Dance – Dance Teacher, Dance Animator or a dancer in a company or related entertainment industry such as television, film and theatre work, cruise ships or the West End.

Acting – Actor in a range of entertainment industries.

Musical Theatre – You could go on to work within a theatre or touring company or within musical theatre as a director or drama teacher in industries such as film, television and radio.

Production Arts - You could go onto working in a theatre, in a touring company, or a production manager role.

This course can also lead onto a number of university courses.


Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 November 2017
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