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Acting BTEC Diploma Level 2 at New College Nottingham

Course description

If you’ve had a taste of performing in front of an audience and are hungry for more, or you’ve got a hidden talent for acting or singing and need a bit of help to bring it out of you, this is the perfect course.

Our links with the industry give you lots of opportunities to gain an insight into the industry, and you never know who will be sitting in the audience at your end of year show!

Performing arts can lead to successful careers in a range of disciplines including teaching, management within the industry, theatre technician or professional actor for stage or screen.

In 2013, ncn’s Academy of Music and Performance became one of the top five in the UK for its student success rates. Putting it simply, if you want to study music and performance, there’s no better place in Nottingham – that’s a fact!

Course content

You’ll learn all about the performing arts industry and will develop your skills in acting and voice work.


You’ll enjoy trips to theatre shows and galleries and learn about the many areas that make up the performing arts industry. The course itself will help you develop your skills in:

  • Performance work (productions, etc)
  • The performing arts business
  • Understanding drama
  • Scripted plays
  • Technical theatre
  • Singing

Students will need to have a flexible approach and be able to participate in group work.

Entry requirements

Students must have ONE of the following: 

• 4 GCSEs (3 at grades A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E), including English & Maths
• Level 1 Creative & Media Foundation Diploma or Level 1 Diploma in Performing Arts at merit, plus GCSE English & Maths (1 at grade A*-D and 1 at grade A*-E)
• Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE Maths and/or English

An audition involving group exercises is required.

Adults 19+ who have industry experience but do not have the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.


All full time further education courses are free for UK and EU residents who are between 16 and 18. If you're 19 or over please click here for information on how we can help with fees and speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0115 9 100 100. Additional fees are to be paid at enrolment for trips and the performing arts passport.


You will be assessed on practical tasks, projects and productions, supported by a record of written evidence.

Future opportunities

  • Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Acting or Production


If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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