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Performance 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 performing 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 world of performing arts, and you never know who will be sitting in the audience at your end of year show!


Performing arts can lead on to successful careers in a range of disciplines, including teaching, management within the industry, as well as a professional dancer, choreographer or actor. Backstage careers and work in film can also be pursued.


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

This course is packed full of practical projects involving solo work, performing in small groups and on major productions. There is also regular theoretical input to help you tease out your talents in acting or dance.

The course provides skills in acting, dancing and singing and is designed to teach you about the theatre and performing business, acting and voice work, performance and presentation and dance genres.

This course consists of the following:

  • Performance work (productions, etc)
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary dance
  • Choreography
  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Business
  • Acting skills
  • Understanding drama

You’ll enjoy trips to theatre shows and galleries and learn about the many areas that make up the performing arts industry. 

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 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.


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

Future opportunities

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Dance, Acting or Musical Theatre


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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      Clarendon is home to our Music and Performance Academy, Care, Food and Drink and Visitor Services, Health and Wellbeing, including Hair and ICT.