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Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre and Production Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 (PER1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This course is highly practical and allows you to develop skills in acting, dance, musical theatre or production arts, to give you the best chance of progressing to higher education, professional training or a career in performing arts.

Course content

You will develop your communication skills and self-confidence and understand different types of theatre and performance as well as studying a variety of acting, singing, dance or technical genres, whilst working as part of a committed and creative team. The course provides the opportunity to develop your specialist technique and creativity through a variety of group projects, public performances and solo audition preparation.

You will choose an acting, dance, musical theatre or production arts pathway and you will get the chance to perform in our versatile venue, The Electrical Theatre, as well as in our more intimate studio performing space. You will take part in several public performances and private, in-class assessments throughout the year.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and maths
  • Relevant experience and a successful audition
  • Successful interview


Courses may be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, practical or examination. For up to date information please visit


Financial information

Financial support:

If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund to help with travel. You don’t have to pay this money back. Apply to the Learner Support Fund.

You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at the Old Mill Lane campus.

Food and Essential Equipment:

You can get FREE meals and support towards the cost of essential equipment at college, if your household income is less than £20,000. Speak to Student Services to find out more on +44 (0)1226 216 267

Guaranteed bursaries:

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own and in receipt of income support, in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

FREE bus services!

We realise that getting to and from college might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded four free return bus services for our students. They go to and from the Old Mill Lane campus which is just a few minutes’ walk from our Sixth Form college campus.

Shelley > Old Mill Lane campus

Stocksbridge via Penistone > Old Mill Lane campus

South Elmsall via South Kirkby, Hemsworth, Kinsley, Fitzwilliam and Ryhill > Old Mill Lane campus

Rotherham via Kimberworth, Ecclesfield and Chapeltown > Old Mill Lane campus

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route operates to ensure students get to college before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times or go to:

*Terms and conditions apply +44 (0)1226 216 123

Future opportunities

This course could form the successful foundations of a career in:

Dance – Dance Teacher, Dance Animator or a dancer in a company or related entertainment industry such as television, film and theatre work, cruise ships or the West End.

Acting – Actor in a range of entertainment industries.

Musical Theatre – You could go on to work within a theatre or touring company or within musical theatre as a director or drama teacher in industries such as film, television and radio.

Production Arts - You could go on to work in a theatre, a touring company, or a production manager role.

This course can also lead onto a number of university courses.


Further information

Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact the Additional Learning Support team on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in:

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


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: 14 November 2018
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