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Performing Arts Diploma Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This course is for students who wish to gain skills in various areas of performing arts and learn how to apply these creatively. 

The course has pathways for dance, drama and singing. You will have the opportunity to perform in several performances throughout the year. 

Your training will include accurate, up to date knowledge of the industry as all our lecturers have professional experience of the creative industries and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College. 

Course content

You will study a total of 7 different units covering dance, drama and singing. You will also look at core performing arts skills relating to performance, production, event management and creative business. 

You'll train in our dedicated performing arts facilities which include a dedicated dance studio, practice rooms and performance spaces. 

There will be opportunities to gain work experience through the implementation of 'Live Briefs' which allow you to engage with the local business community and work on 'Real World' projects. We also arrange workshops and invite guest speakers including Creative Practitioners who are working in the industry to talk to you and give you advice about your careers. 

Your course will also include opportunities to take part in a variety of trips such as London West End shows, national exhibitions, Pineapple Dance Studio, and an international visit to Boom Chicago in Amsterdam.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grades G or above (New GCSE grade - 1 or above) (or equivalent), plus demonstration of ability in creative skills. 

If you are concerned about meeting the entry requirements, our Performing Arts Diploma (Entry) course may be more suitable.


There are no examinations on this course, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade. 

The vast majority of assessment is practical, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation.

Financial information

£50 per year is required for equipment and you may be required to contribute funds towards enrichment trips. 

You will also need to pay a £30 studio fee which covers the cost of them to hiring equipment for the completion of course work. This is mandatory. 

Financial assistance can be gained from the Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation attached to the Learner Services area. 
It is also advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge which is issued back once the key is returned.

Future opportunities

These qualifications broaden your understanding of each industry and create a perfect ‘stepping stone’ to university. Successful completion of a Level 3 course allows progression to a first choice university. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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