If you want to be a star we have everything you need to succeed

Performing Arts is a huge and exciting industry but it is also very competitive so you will need to be passionate and committed.

Creative talent is vital, but won’t be enough on it its own. Determination and the ability to cope with rejection are key to thriving in the industry. Those with experience of performing or helping in school or college productions, local workshops, events and festivals will almost certainly be at an advantage.

.

Aidan Production &performing Arts BC

Part-time courses

For more details about our Part-time courses please use the links below:

Click here for courses at our Bedford or Shuttleworth campuses

Click here for courses at our Northamptonshire campuses

Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programme

Performing Arts Intermediate Level 2: Performance & Production (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

Level 3 Study Programme
HNC/HND

Performing Arts (Performance) HNC/HND (Stella Mann College) (offered at Bedford College and Tresham College)

FdA

Media Make up and Character Design Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (offered at Bedford College only)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: One year
• 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 or A*–D including English and ideally maths OR
• Performing Arts Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills AND
• Previous experience within performing or production arts

Duration: Two years
• 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and maths with a keen interest in music and evidence of previous musical study AND
• Entry will also be subject to passing an audition where you will be expected to perform a short piece within your chosen discipline (acting, dance or musical theatre)

Level 3 Study Programme

Performing Arts Advanced (Level 3): Acting
Duration: Two years
• 4 GCSEs 9–4 or A*–C including English and ideally maths OR
• Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills/ GCSE English and ideally maths grades 9–4 or A*–C AND
• Previous experience within performing or production arts AND
• You will also be required to perform one monologue lasting two minutes at your interview.

Performing & Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Dance
Duration: Two years
• 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C ideally including English and maths OR
• Performing Arts BTEC Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills/GCSE English and maths grades A*-C or 9-4 AND
• Entry will also be subject to participation in an audition where you will be required to perform a two minute dance routine in a style of your choice

Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Musical Theatre
Duration: Two years
• 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 or A*–C including English and ideally maths OR
• Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills/GCSE English and ideally maths grades 9–4 or A*–C AND
• You will perform a monologue of your choice (two minutes), a musical theatre song of your choice (two minutes) and participate in a short dance workshop

Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Technical Theatre & Stage Management
Duration: Two years
• 4 GCSEs 9–4 or A*–C including English and ideally maths OR
• Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma with Functional Skills/GCSE English and ideally maths grades 9–4 or A*–C AND
• Some experience of theatre production and completion of a pre-interview creative task

Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Technical Make-up
Duration: Two years
• 4 GCSEs 9–4 or A*–C including English and ideally maths OR
• Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma at Merit level with Functional Skills/GCSE English and ideally maths grades 9–4 or A*–C AND
• Entry will also be subject to producing a portfolio of make-up designs and examples of application, to be presented at interview

HNC/HND

HNC
The main entry qualification is a successful audition and interview at Stella Mann College, where you must pass a ballet class, jazz class and present a singing and/or dance solo. See website for more details.

Ideally you should also have:

  • 32-48 UCAS points OR
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification but this is not mandatory.

We welcome applications from mature students via a successful audition and interview, and a demonstration of vocational experience if you do not meet the criteria stated.

HND
Applicants will need to have successfully completed of our Performing Arts (Performance) HNC (Stella Mann College) qualification before applying.

FdA

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don’t have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

This programme will provide you with an introduction to the performing arts area through group project work, including a choice of specialist pathways in acting, dance, musical theatre, production arts and theatrical makeup. The emphasis of the course is on developing skills for successful progression into the level 3 specialist programmes.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

Performing Arts Advanced (Level 3): Acting
This study programme will help you to acquire practical skills and the critical understanding of acting techniques, theatre and devising classical and contemporary performance. You will focus on developing skills in characterisation, improving vocal and movement technique, be introduced to the work of key practitioners and have opportunities to take part in a range of performance pieces.

Performing & Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Dance
This study programme will equip you with dance skills across a range of disciplines including Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz, focussing on Commercial and Hip Hop Dance. Working alongside industry professionals, you will also develop choreographic skills that enable you to explore the dance world.

Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Musical Theatre
This is the stepping stone you need to realise your dreams if you are dazzled by the bright lights of the West End, a drama queen, dancing diva or singing star. You will increase your dancing and acting techniques, develop your vocal and singing techniques, and perform musical theatre works to a live audience.

Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Technical Theatre & Stage Management
This is an excellent opportunity to develop all-round skills in set design, production, theatre management and other areas. You will work on both small and large projects such as musical theatre performances, plays, dance shows and live music events. You will study a range of topics, including lighting and sound, set design and stage management.

Production Arts Advanced (Level 3): Technical Make-up
This study programme will focus on developing skills in all areas of hair, make-up and special effects whilst developing an understanding of the various job roles within a production company. You will engage in production projects including special effects and prosthetics, a wide range of make-up and hair for performers, fantasy and a period with wig making.

HNC & HND Overview

These courses are designed to create versatile professional performers of the highest quality, who will have a strong technical training and wide knowledge of the business they will be entering, in all areas of dance, commercial work, musical theatre, singing and acting. Stella Mann College is located near Bedford town centre.

FdA Overview

This course will prepare you for a career as a make-up artist in television, film, theatre, prosthetics, advertising and fashion. You will gain experience of a broad range of techniques, craft skills and in-depth analysis valuable to future employers. The course will allow you to research and realise characters through hair and wig setting, postiche, costume, prop design, prosthetics and designing effects make-up. You will also create convincing and realistic special effects, learn anatomy and physiology and practice drawing from life to identify the body’s reaction, and the visual impact.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.

Expectations

  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
element5-digital-jCIMcOpFHig-unsplash
Ready to apply?

What happens next?

Applying for a course with The Bedford College Group is simple.

Next steps