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Performing Arts Courses

Performing Arts

Our inspiring range of performing arts courses will give you the opportunity to perform in our exciting spaces at our Abbey Park Campus, and other professional venues in the city, including the College’s very own live music and arts centre, the Sue Townsend Theatre.

Be sure to check out our fantastic Sue Townsend Theatre Instagram.

Come check out our fantastic BA Acting Portfolio.

Who are Leicester College’s acting and dance courses for?

Our acting and dance courses are suitable for both school leavers as well as older people and/or those with a bit of experience in the industry already. The appropriate level for you will be decided based on your prior qualifications and work experience – many learners stay with us for two or more years to develop their skills to the required level for employment. If you are aged 16 to 19 and don’t yet have your English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, these subjects will be an essential part of your study programme. All courses are designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to work in the acting and dance industry.

Our acting courses are available at levels 2, 3, 5 and 6. These courses help learners develop the performance and professional skills focusing on singing, dancing and acting. You will be given many opportunities to perform and you’ll also have a chance to do work experience to give you an insight to the world of work.

Our dance courses are available at levels 2, 3 and 5. Learners will be taught at a professional standard to improve your technical ability in a variety of dance styles and help develop your creativity. The Level 5 course is designed to prepare you for work in the dance industry.

Further Information

Our learners regularly give performances in the city and across the country as well as entering competitions on a local and national level. Our professional practice will give you an insight into the realities of a career in the arts and give you the experience and confidence to succeed in whatever career path you choose.

Naomi Halliday

Naomi Halliday

BA Honours Creative Performance Practice

“I’ve learnt so much, we’ve done a lot of acting for the camera, so how something as little as your eyebrow-raising can indicate volumes to the audience and you wouldn’t necessarily think that if you were doing theatre.”

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Performing Arts BTEC Extended Certificate Acting and Dance level 2 – C0162

Course Code: C0162

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Bringing your performance skills to life, this course will give you the chance to showcase your individual talent in our various pathways. With access to your very own theatre, industry-led teaching and the opportunity to form a portfolio of work with placements and performances, you will find yourself equipped to progress onto university or work.

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Performing Arts Practice (Acting) National Extended Diploma level 3 – C3042

Course Code: C3042

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Acting consists of a wide variety of techniques, methods and topics and this course strives to secure you with as much of that knowledge as possible. Through practical performance and learning different acting theories you will build a portfolio of skills desired by professionals in this industry.

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Performing Arts Practice (Dance) National Extended Diploma level 3 – C3041

Course Code: C3041

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

This two-year course will set you up to go into the dance industry by providing you with experienced teachers who will help you develop your technical and performance skills in a variety of dance styles and performance techniques. You will have multiple opportunities to perform in a professional theatre and in national and local dance competitions.

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Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre) National Extended Diploma level 3 – C3043

Course Code: C3043

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Every young performer wants to be a 'triple-threat' so this course is designed to give you the confidence and skills to make that possible. Over two years you will develop your technical and performance skills through a variety of performances and teaching from industry professionals and access to our very own professional theatre.

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Technical Theatre Diploma level 3 – C0169

Course Code: C0169

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 07 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Join the bright lights of Broadway and the West End in a stage management role, our course will give you the experience of working on live theatre productions and develop your skills across job roles in this industry. Our experienced lecturers will lead you through practical learning and support you in finding your specialism.

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BA (Hons) in Acting (Creative Performance Practice) – C6089

Course Code: C6089

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 21 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Accelerate your opportunities in the performing arts industry with our two-year degree, in conjunction with ALRA. This is a fantastic springboard for a professional career in acting. ALRA's alumni include Miranda Hart, Tanya Franks and Vincent Regan. Awarded by De Montfort University you will develop the confidence and skillset to purse a career in this industry.

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Musical Theatre (Industry Preparation) HND – C2330

Course Code: C2330

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 27 Sep 2021
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 28 weeks
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

With access to experienced teaching, masterclasses from industry experts and the opportunity to further your skills to a professional level, our course will ensure you are a well-rounded triple threat performer. You will be challenged in three different disciplines to prepare you for your assessments and your progression beyond this course.

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BA (Hons) in Acting (Creative Performance Practice) – C6089

Course Code: C6089

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Aug 2022
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Accelerate your opportunities in the performing arts industry with our two-year degree, in conjunction with ALRA. This is a fantastic springboard for a professional career in acting. ALRA's alumni include Miranda Hart, Tanya Franks and Vincent Regan. Awarded by De Montfort University you will develop the confidence and skillset to purse a career in this industry.

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Performing Arts Higher National Certificate – C6941

Course Code: C6941

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 07 Sep 2022
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 29 weeks
  • map Campus Abbey Park Campus

Whether your interests are in musical theatre, classical theatre, contemporary theatre or physical theatre this course provides opportunities to strengthen your skills for all genres of performance. The HNC will be delivered in part within the College’s professional city centre performance venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre, a fully equipped 250 seat theatre.

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