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Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

This two year full-time programme (thirty weeks across three terms) represents a
partnership between the College and a national drama school. The course introduces students to practical technique classes and performance-based training within a drama school environment. A broad range of creating and staging theatre productions are developed whilst students obtain a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels. 
 
 

Course content

The course consists of individual units across a wide spectrum of the creative and performing arts. Students are expected to study both mandatory and optional units as part of the programme. Units will include:
• Voice
• Devising Theatre
• Audition Techniques
 
In addition, core units are studied as part of the fundamental academic structure
of this course. These will include historical studies, business & management, and
performing to an audience. Students are expected to maintain a level of academic
rigour equal to 3 A Level subjects, and a balance of practical and written work
is expected from all. At the heart of the school’s philosophy is the performance
experience. Students will perform in a number of major performance projects
including the promenade and graduation shows. 

Entry requirements

Prospective students must a real enthusiasmfor the Performing Arts and ideally have
some previous acting experience plus five GCSE grades of C and above, including
English at grade C. It is possible to retake GCSE Maths alongside this course.

Financial information

Fees for this course are fully-funded if prospective students are aged between 16 and 18. Please Note: To apply for this course you must do so through The Birmingham Theatre School. To begin your application and for further information on applying, please click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Future opportunities

This course provides skills applicable to developing a career in the Performing Arts
industry. You will also be able to progress on to a degree level course in Performing
Arts or related fields. Many of the skills are transferable and can be applied to higher
level study in many fields or in the world of work.

Further information

Contact Name: Abigail Soley Course Leader - Performing Arts
Contact Email: asoley@jcc.ac.uk
 

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: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: PFN1-THSC19
  • Web url: www.jcc.ac.uk

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    • Our new 40 million pound state-of-the-art building and garden opened its doors in September 2008. We think it's one of the best college campuses in the UK - and it's now official. We are delighted that our new campus has been awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for the best public building in the UK.

      The Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre comprises a gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular, resistance and cable equipment. The Sports Hall is able to host a wide range of sports and we provide sporting activities that cater for students with all levels of abilities and sporting performance.
       
      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
      The Science Department contains eight state-of-the-art laboratories catering for all the science curricula delivered in the College.
       
      We have extensive network of, wired and wireless, computers have high speed internet connections giving you unlimited access to the World Wide Web. Creative departments such as Art, Design & Media are fully furnished with state of the art iMacs. Alongside these students will have access to MacBook’s for independent work. The iMacs and MacBook’s are equipped with professional software allowing high quality production of video, graphics and photography work. Art & Design facilities also include specialist pottery equipment and photographic dark rooms.
       
      Research 
      Success in your courses depends on many things, not least the research facilities available to you. Our high level resources, specifically designed to support the sixth form College curriculum, will give you the best chance of success.
      However, we realise that the vast amount of information available can make searching difficult so our teachers build the best internet resources into courses, giving you the most appropriate links for your particular syllabus. And of course, books. The library has thousands of copies available for loan with additional copies for reference.
       
      New building opening September 2015
      We are opening a new state of the art extension to the main College building in September 2015. This will comprise of high tech science laboratories, classrooms and communal break out spaces for students.