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Performing Arts - Level 1 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This exciting course covers all aspects of the performing arts, through a wide-ranging programme that ensures each student has the opportunity to explore key areas of performance.

The Level 1 programme is carefully designed to inform and support the critical decisions related to personal strengths, specialist skills, future progression and employment. It will allow you to prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in the area of performing arts.

Students will consider a general performing arts route. Performing Arts as an umbrella term is far reaching and as such this course will provide an overview of this sector and allow students to make informed decisions in regards to subject specialisms. You will be given an introduction to the many career routes in the performing arts and identify the skills and techniques required for these, whilst setting your own personal targets to develop in line with these expectations.

The first term will see you working towards a performance which allows you to demonstrate your new skills and your interest in your chosen role as either an actor, dancer or singer. These skills will consider your confidence and ability to show character through both physical and vocal techniques, allowing you to communicate to, and entertain your audience.

The end of the course will allow you to be part of the FE Performing Arts Festival and invite your friends and family to your end of year performance. This is an exciting, practical programme of study.

Course content

All students study:

  • Preparing Performing Arts Work
  • Presenting Performing Arts Work
  • Performing Arts Individual Repertoire and Showcase
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development in the
  • Performing Arts Industry
  • Subject Specific Workshops
  • Performances

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and or Math’s. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Entry requirements

 You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • No formal entry requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.


All the work you do is assessed. Students work to criteria published by Pearsons in 'units'.

Assessment is by observation of practical work and performance, marking of written work, your own files and portfolios of evidence, and presentations made in various forms.

The first term is based on the development of study skills, technique and core skills, and performance skills; the second term concentrating on the application of these skills into your assessed performances; and the final term allowing you to demonstrate your broad understanding of the Performing Arts within your final production work.

Future opportunities

Previous students have progressed to FE Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Dance, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

These FE course will allow you tog ain the qualifications required for a Higher Education course which might include our own Foundation Degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Dance, Stage Management and Technical Production and Events Management.

Many of these courses now have further progression through to BA Hons. programmes. Additionally many students have won places at top London schools and other celebrated establishments.


Career directions include: actor, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, musical theatre performer, stage manager, theatre/live event technician, lighting /sound designer, events manager.

Students often move into other related professions within teaching and the leisure industry 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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