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Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) BTEC Diploma level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This is a dynamic, performance-based musical theatre course focusing on the key disciplines of singing, dancing and acting. Professional practitioners with West End experience lead a diverse range of practical sessions which will challenge and inspire the next generation of budding performers. 
Recent performance opportunities have included: participating in musicals and performing at Curve, Coventry Ricoh Arena, a Lee Mead concert, Athena, Leicester Cathedral, and De Montfort Hall.

Course content

The emphasis of this course is about the development of your skills, techniques, and performance qualities. You will study a broad variety of skills which will include units in: singing, musical theatre performance, jazz dance, principles of acting, and ballet. Alongside the coursework there are abundant opportunities to perform in musical theatre shows and events including: professional cabaret evenings, charity concerts, ceremonies, flash mob events and christmas carol concerts.  Professional performers visit us frequently to take West End musical theatre workshops and master classes.

In the second year, practical units continue in singing, storytelling, acting, ballet, jazz and urban dance and there is a theory unit which looks at how to run yourself as a business in the professional performing arts industry. The year culminates in a major musical theatre project which will be performed at our Sue Townsend Theatre based in Leicester city centre. Past musicals performed have included Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and Spelling Bee.

Over the two years, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the creative industries and understand what you will need to start a career in this industry.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. You will be invited to attend a welcome event and an audition: this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


Assessment is via coursework, completed over the two years. You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades.
Your assignments are assessed internally by the College and standards are verified by Edexcel. You will be assessed practically and theoretically though a variety of ways including rehearsal, performance, workshops, journals, projects, portfolios, blogs, presentations and essays.

Financial information

There are theatre trips and workshops throughout the year which form part of the course and come at an additional expense. There is a kit list which will be supplied on acceptance on the course which includes practical clothing and dance footwear.

Future opportunities

As this qualification is the equivalent of three A levels, once you have successfully completed the course you will be eligible to study for a degree at a university or drama school or be employed in a wide range of subject-related jobs in the industry. Many of our past learners are studying, performing and teaching.

Recent course progression includes places at: Arts Educational, Guildford, Mountview, L.I.P.A., London Studio Centre, Urdang, Rose Bruford, Bodyworks, Performers College, and M.A.D.D. 

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 15 November 2017
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