The Performing Arts National Extended Certificate is a 2 year course equivalent to 1 A Level. It is aimed at developing skills in all of the disciplines associated with the Performing Arts - theatre, music and dance - both as an audience member and as a performer. You will study a combination of practice and theory in order to develop your academic and performing skills to a high level, and you will learn how to improvise performance and interpret texts as well as understand how performances are produced, directed and choreographed. You will develop conceptual understanding as well as team working skills.

This course aims to provide opportunities for students to develop a wide range of performance skills in music, drama, dance and a range of genres. It will develop your understanding of how performers work and how performance has evolved over time, as well as all aspects of the production of a performance - as performers, producers and the audience.

A significant aspect will be your development of team working skills, essential to any successful performance. You can expect to:

This BTEC is studied with 2 other A Levels or Level 3 BTEC equivalent. One  of the other A levels should  be in the Performing Arts area, specifically Drama, Dance, Music Performing, or Music Technology, other good combinations are Film Studies, Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, English Literature and Media Studies.

If you are in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career behind the scenes of stage and screen, then this course is for you.

This vocational course combines industry practice and creative skills. You will study in our in-house Theatre and TV Studios, using our external hire and employer links to prepare for successful career progression. Media, Film and Photography are just few of the elements required to put together a staged production. This course looks at each of these and more, helping you develop skills that are transferable from an arena sized concert or a theatrical production all the way to small scale touring venue.

This course looks into the alternative side of the industry; business and people management alongside the more obvious aspects of the course such as stage management, theatre design, construction and operations.

We will teach you a wide range of skills required to successfully and skilfully put on stage/screen productions. From learning how to design and construct costumes to managing the wardrobe backstage on a live audience event or production.

There will be no shortage of hands-on experience on this course. You will work as a crew member in Kingston College's in-house theatre, gaining an understanding of design, operative and management roles and responsibilities.

If you are in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career behind the scenes of stage and screen, then this course is for you. This vocational course combines industry practice and creative skills. You will study in our in-house Theatre and TV Studios, using our external hire and employer links to prepare for successful career progression.

Lighting and Sound operation are just few of the elements required to put together a production. This course looks at each of these and more, helping you develop skills that are transferable from an arena sized concert or a theatrical production all the way to small scale touring venue.

This course looks into the alternative side of the industry; business and people management alongside the more obvious aspects of the course such as stage management, theatre design and operations. We will teach you a wide range of skills required to successfully and skilfully put on stage/screen productions. From learning how to maintain and operate technical lighting and sound equipment, to running a live audience event and managing the backstage area of a production.

There will be no shortage of hands-on experience on this course. You will work as a crew member in Kingston College's in-house theatre, gaining an understanding of design, operative and management roles and responsibilities.

Here at Kingston we love the exciting world of Make-up, Special effects, Prosthetics and Hair.

This course will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to start your career within the Production Arts industry.

The course covers all essential skills you need to start your career. It is a mix of course work and in-depth practical workshop sessions, with work experience alongside. We have close links with local theatres and brands to help you gain hands on experience.

Previous Hair & Make-up experience is not required for this course. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop your skills starting with the basics to build knowledge, confidence and improve practical techniques. All we ask is for a passion to join the industry and dedication throughout the programme.

This programme is a two-year course for 16-18 years of age with the option of one-year for students 18 years of age on completion.

“All our teachers are experienced professionals in the arts, so they teach us about life after ArtsEd in a realistic way.” – Sixth Form Student

ArtsEd has a long history of producing many of the leading musical theatre performers in the UK. Our BTEC Musical Theatre has been designed to form the foundation of this training.

Students on this pathway rapidly develop the singing, dancing and acting skills necessary to progress in this demanding genre. Regular training in each area quickly establishes the level of discipline required and gives students the opportunity to master technique and gain full control of their performance skills.

In an average week, classes include singing, acting, ballet, tap and jazz. These skills are assessed throughout the year in performance-related projects created by small companies of students. The following are recent assessment performances:

- Hello Dolly by Herman & Stewart
- Smile by Hamlisch & Ashman
- The Last Ship by Sting
- Soho Cinders by Stiles & Drewe
- Violet by Teson & Crawley
The course is enhanced by regular theatre trips and workshops run by industry professionals, including musical directors, choreographers and West End performers.

Full support is provided to students throughout the application and audition processes for further training, study or professional work.

Some Sixth Form graduates remain at ArtsEd to study on our degree course, many secure places at other leading drama schools including GSA, Mountview, RCSSD, LAMDA and the Guildhall.

The BTEC Acting course is studio-based, empowering students to gain full control of their performance skills though exploration and mastery of a variety of techniques. Students discover, explore, reflect on and develop their abilities whilst forming a solid foundation of skills as practitioners.

An average week includes classes in acting technique, voice, movement skills, improvisation and text work, all of which is documented in a working journal.

Taught by West End choreographers, real Producers, Directors and Actors. Based in a beautiful mansion Arts Centre, with three theatres (a 320 seat, 50 Studio and 200 seat Amphitheatre) as well as dance studios and other stunning rehearsal spaces.

In 2021, 95% of our students gained at least one Distinction or Distinction Star in one of their three qualifications!

Dreaming of a career on stage or in front of the camera? Performer at heart? Passionate about dance and/or drama? Our Performing Arts courses will introduce you to a variety of disciplines, commitment and work ethics; build on your self-confidence whilst creating and rehearsing content to perform to live audiences. 600+ hours of world class training each year - and FREE if you are 16-18.

Our performing Arts courses are aimed at young people who are interested in developing a career as a professional Actor/Musical Theatre performer. We are also looking for budding Directors, Choreographers and Producers who want the chance to get hands on with shows. Giving you the opportunity to develop your skills with experienced industry professionals (including West End Choreographers, London directors and producers), you will build on your knowledge of performance techniques with a view of showcasing your skills at live and recorded performances and work towards setting targets and achieving goals.

Our blended course will help to develop the skills required for Musical Theatre (including dance and singing), TV and Theatre Acting. You will explore techniques to improve confidence, group and solo work and sharing of dynamic and creative ideas which will ultimately prepare you for auditions and the professional industry.

Classes are in groups (some in year groups, others in streams for ability), plus one to one career clinics, audition coaching, singing classes and more. In addition you will learn valuable business and producing skills which can be carried forward into adult life.

The BTEC National Level 3 Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, and the RSL Diplomas are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.

You will be placed on either a BTEC National L3 Foundation Diploma, or an RSL Extended Certificate or Diploma in year one.

READ College’s full-time, vocational Sixth Form Course in Acting is unique in its approach, and graduate destinations have included Central, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford, Fourth Monkey and many more. As a registered charity, we support students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds with bursary funding towards tuition fees through our Access to The Arts ™ programme.

Students benefit from at least 27 hours of contact time per week, and study a wide range of plays, writers, practitioners and acting styles in classes led by leading industry tutors. Classes range from Improv to Classical Theatre, Vocal Technique to Physical Theatre, and Audition Preparation to Singing. Students in their second year also benefit from regular masterclasses with guest tutors from all of the major degree-level courses, to prepare them for auditions.

A full 100% of our Acting Sixth Form graduates have been offered places at leading degree-level courses since the college opened, and our alumni now includes actors, directors and award-winning writers. Courses run from September to July, and applications are now open for our 2021 intake. Open days take place throughout the year, and we also run regular taster courses in the school holidays.

To find out more, please visit the link below or contact admissions on 0118 9666275.

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