Performing Arts Level 2

The one year Level 2 Performing Arts BTEC Extended Certificate is a fantastic introduction to a range of performing arts and employability skills – all while you improve you gain a valuable Level 2 qualification worth 4 GCSEs. It has been designed with both education and vocation in mind and as such will develop practical skills and understanding of the performing arts for your future career alongside enabling access to higher study.

This course is for those who wish to have a broad introduction to the performing arts. It is for students who are able to enjoy the discipline of group work as well as developing personal skills. Performing Arts students contribute to College life in a variety of ways and take part in high quality productions in all areas of theatre. You will take part in live performances and shows to enable you to determine which aspect of performing arts you wish to study at Level 3.

In addition to your main programme You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

Course Content

Performing Arts BTEC Level 2 Units may include:

  • Individual Showcase
  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Acting Skills
  • Dance Skills
  • Music Performing Skills
  • Performing Scripted Plays
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Supporting Performance (Front of House)
Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs (9-3) including English, or satisfactory results in a relevant Level 1 qualification (Merit/Distinction), and an interview/audition.

What Can I Do Next?

The entertainment industry is one of the country’s major employers and opportunities for work extend much further than simply performing. A career in the performing arts might focus on education work (teaching), arts administration or management (arts centres or theatre companies). Successful students could progress onto the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (ActingDance, or Musical Theatre).

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Performing Arts Level 2
Course Outline: This course is for those who wish to have a broad introduction to the performing arts.
LevelLevel 2
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,249


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