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Performing Arts Diploma - Level 2 at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

An exciting practical course that will provide you with the basic skills necessary for a wide range of performance and acting disciplines. The course is designed for those who are interested in developing their knowledge an dunderstanding of theatre. It is ideal for those wishing to improve their existing skills or who have little or no previous drama exerpience.

The course concentrates particularly on the practical skills needed to produce quality performance. These will include improvisation, devising skills, voice and movement work.

Course content

Example modules include:

  • Devising drama
  • Performing scripted plays
  • Physical theatre
  • The performing arts industry
  • Developing acting skills and techniques

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least 3 points (grade D) supported by a Level 1 literacy qualification
  • Performance experience, an audition and a drama workshop.

All applicants progressing from a Level 1 programme must be able to show a high level of commitment, willingness and teamwork.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.


You will be assessed through a range of methods including assignments, practical exercises and reflective diaries. You will also be evaluated on your contribution to performance productions. Part of this course will be externally assessed through a final major project.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you could choose to proceed onto further study in performing arts, eg. the Level 3 diploma, available at the college, which may lead to Higher Education courses at universities or drama schools. A wide variety of careers within the performing arts industry would also be an option upon completion of the course.


What can I go on to study?
  • Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vision West Nottinghamshire College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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    • Our main campus at Derby Road has seen big changes as part of a £40 million redevelopment across the college. Home to our largest cohort of students, the campus is made up of dedicated study zones for curriculum areas; equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology which ensures our students become work-ready.

      The campus is also home to our commercial venues, Butterflies Day Nursery, a 150-seat theatre, fine dining restaurant and hair and beauty salon and spa; giving students the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed for employment.

      Vision University Centre, which offers university-level education to the people of Mansfield and Ashfield is also based here.