Performing arts

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.

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.

Sophia Michiko

Sophia Michiko

Foundation Degree in Dance

The teachers are amazing at the College and I have had some fantastic experiences. The dance styles I have learnt helped me get a place in Team England and represent the country in the World Championship in Florida.

Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Extended Diploma – C0168

Course Code: C0168

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This is dynamic and intensive performance-based musical theatre course continues to focus on the key disciplines of singing, dancing and acting and is ideal for those who have obtained a level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) or equivalent. Professional practitioners with West End experience lead a diverse range of practical sessions […]

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

Course Code: C0162

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course has a route for either actors or dancers. If you think you might have what it takes to be a performer, if you are willing to work hard and dedicate yourself to achieving this goal, then this course is the way to prove it. Your work will be based on realistic professional situations […]

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Technical Theatre Diploma level 3 – C0169

Course Code: C0169

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

The course covers all the behind-the-scenes roles involved in backstage technical theatre and concert production. You will help run internal and external shows at our professional city-centre venue, the Sue Townsend Theatre, learning on the job to gain the skills you need to get work in this booming market. It is a two year course […]

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Performing Arts (Acting) Extended Diploma – C0164

Course Code: C0164

Key Information

  • Start Date 14 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is about giving you opportunities to perform and to prepare you for the creative industry. You will also develop the vocational skills and professional practice required to perform well. Our highly qualified staff – many with a strong professional background working in theatre, film and television – will be dedicated to giving you […]

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

Course Code: C6089

Key Information

  • Start Date 21 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Gain a full BA(Hons) in just two years with our accelerated Creative Performance Practice Acting degree, in conjunction with ALRA. This is a fantastic springboard for a professional career in actings. ALRA's alumni include Miranda Hart, Tanya Franks and Vincent Regan. This degree is in partnership with De Montfort University.

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HNC Acting (Industry Preparation) – C2332

Course Code: C2332

Key Information

  • Start Date 28 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 28 weeks
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is an excellent option for you if you are looking to enter the world of performing arts. Explore various genres of performance, whether it be singing or acting, and use this to help with your decisions about your chosen path going forwards. We have excellent teachers and facilities to support your learning.

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HNC Musical Theatre (Industry Preparation) – C2330

Course Code: C2330

Key Information

  • Start Date 28 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 28 weeks
  • 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 01 Aug 2021
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Gain a full BA(Hons) in just two years with our accelerated Creative Performance Practice Acting degree, in conjunction with ALRA. This is a fantastic springboard for a professional career in actings. ALRA's alumni include Miranda Hart, Tanya Franks and Vincent Regan. This degree is in partnership with De Montfort University.

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Performing Arts Higher National Certificate – C6941

Course Code: C6941

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2021
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 29 weeks
  • 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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