Our foundation course, which includes a BTEC qualification equivalent to three A levels, is accessible to students aged 16 plus and is built around an extensive programme of training in dance and musical theatre. As part of a small intake, students receive specific feedback and critique during classes, allowing them to continually develop and improve.
There are three formal performance opportunities throughout the year giving students the chance to demonstrate their skills in-front of a live audience. Performances take place in the college’s 100 seat tiered studio theatre at the end of each term.
Offering 35 hours of training per week our unique foundation course is made up of two elements:
Element One : Practical foundation 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 and 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 by ability, ensuring that classwork is of an appropriate level, allowing students to continually develop and improve. Our qualified teaching staff, having completed their own training and worked professionally within the industry themselves, have the knowledge and experience to guide students towards their next steps.
Element Two : BTEC Qualification, 168 UCAS points (12 hours per week)
We also offer a level 3 extended diploma in performing arts, equivalent to three A levels, enabling students to continue their academic journey whilst also pursuing our foundation course. Students use skills developed through the practical 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 students are assessed. We offer this qualification alongside our foundation training as it gives students the necessary UCAS points to gain access to degree courses upon graduation, should they wish.