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Performing Arts BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

This is a one year full-time programme introducing aspects of performing arts, including acting, dancing and different styles of performance.  The course, if successfully completed at Merit grade, can lead onto BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Performing Arts and other advanced courses.


This is a vocationally-based and practical course providing an introduction to all aspects of performance from acting to administration to technical theatre. Students will be involved in productions with students from all performing arts courses.

Course content

Units include

  • Acting                                           
  • Dance
  • Administration and Business
  • Physical theatre
  • Technical theatre


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths. Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades. Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment. To take catch-up classes to ensure you have the qualifications you need to progress onto university or into the workplace.  

Entry requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSE’s at D/E or equivalent qualifications in relevant subjects, (English should be one those GCSE’s or functional skills equivalent at Level 2) or a full Level 1 vocational qualification at pass grade, plus demonstration of suitable practical skills and a satisfactory reference provided.


You may be asked to provide a portfolio of work or some evidence of interest.


All applicants will be interviewed.


The assessment is by continuous course work and student performance in practical assignments.

Financial information

Whilst considering budgets for additional course costs students should bear in mind they will usually have the opportunity to attend between two and four day/evening trips each year for which the cost will vary.  In the past these trips have cost between £25 and £40 per trip.


If you require any advice on financial /travel support towards your education, please contact Student Services on 01785 275512 and ask for Carole Moore, or by email:   

Future opportunities

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
  • A Levels (requires GCSE Maths and English at C or above)

Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses, you can write, visit, or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468.  Our e-mail address is:  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to talk to our guidance advisors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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