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 have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

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 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £1,249


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