Victoria Hall, Church Street, Radstock, BA3 3QG+44 (0)1761 438885 Option 2

The Course


Accessible to students aged 16 plus, our foundation course equivalent to three A levels, is built around an extensive programme of training, extending your abilities as a performer. As part of a small intake of students, you receive specific feedback and critique during classes, allowing you to continually develop and improve.

As an emerging artist, we want to strengthen your skills so that you can progress onto further study or professional work.

There are three formal performance opportunities throughout the year giving you the chance to utilise skills learnt in-front of a live audience. Performances take place in our tiered 100 seat studio theatre at the end of each term and run over a number nights.  As your technique and performance skills are both imperative for success, we believe in giving students ample performance opportunities.

Offering 35 hours of training per week our unique foundation course is made up of two elements:

Element One : Training (23 hours per week)

The course is built around a vigorous programme of dance technique training.  Regular classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap form the backbone of your training.  These are complemented by additional classes in commercial dance, improvisation, choreography, body conditioning, drama, ensemble singing, private singing tuition and musical theatre integration classes as well as masterclasses with leading industry professionals.  Certain core classes are split on ability, ensuring that classwork is of an appropriate level, allowing you to continually develop and improve. Our permanent teaching staff are qualified both by their professional experience as well as their teaching skills.  Having completed their training and worked professionally within the industry themselves, staff have the knowledge and experience to guide you as you take your next steps.

Element Two : BTEC Qualification, 168 UCAS points (12 hours per week)

We additionally offer a level 3 extended diploma in performing arts, equivalent to three A levels, enabling students to continue their academic journey whilst pursuing a foundation course.  Students use skills developed through foundation training to complete projects including; performance workshop (choreography), performing arts in the community, individual performance commission and examinations in core subjects such as; ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance technique.  Practical work makes up the majority of the BTEC qualification, assessed through classwork and performance.  There are also a small number of written assignments on which you are assessed.  We offer this qualification alongside our training as it gives students the necessary UCAS points to gain access to degree courses upon graduation, should the wish.