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Performing Arts Acting Level 3 at Peterborough Regional College

Course description

If you enjoy creative theatre and want to develop the skills to enable you to become a confident, enthusiastic and inspired performer, then this is the course for you.

You will be prepared to work hard and put in long hours for rehearsals in the pursuit of excellence, both as an individual and as part of a performance team. Students are encouraged to participate in live performances, national and international competitions and work as part of Peterborough Regional College's Venture Arts Theatre Company and take part in the National Theatre's Connections 2018.

Course content

Topics covered include: • Developing skills and techniques for live performance • Group performance workshop • Acting styles • Physical theatre techniques • Singing techniques for performers • Performing with masks • Final live performance to an audience In your final year you will be involved in a performance project and form a theatre company, which is structured and managed by the students. The group is responsible for the whole process of selecting, producing, marketing and performing a piece of theatre within a limited budget.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above or other relevant level 2 qualification at Merit. You will need to attend an interview and audition before starting this course.


You will complete a number of assignments, including assessed live performances, written and practical projects.

Financial information

You will require appropriate practical clothing/performing arts and dance uniform (discussed at interview) and field trip costs. You will also need to be available for evening rehearsals and performance.

Future opportunities

You can go on to study for a degree in subjects such as performing arts (for example the BA (Hons) Performing Arts which is offered here at University Centre Peterborough).

You may also wish to study theatre at a specialist performing arts academy or theatre school such as Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Goldsmiths College (University of London) or Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The course can also lead to work in the theatre industry as a performer, administrator or practitioner. Careers in arts development, community theatre or arts youth work are also possible.

Further information

You will need to be available for evening rehearsals and performances.

You will be enrolled on a study programme that includes various aspects of study that complement your main programme of study. You could re–take GCSE English and Maths or study a functional skill. You could also work on cross–college arts projects. 

You will have the option to audition for a performance piece to submit for selection to Sunday Times' National Student Drama Festival (NSDF).

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application. You may also be asked to attend a second interview to demonstrate your practical skills.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Peterborough Regional College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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