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Course overview

This course is designed to create industry professionals for stage and screen and develop essential academic skills and knowledge needed for a future in performance related careers. You will develop performance skills including acting, voice and movement in a highly practical environment and develop essential research and written skills as you learn about different theatre companies and practitioner work. You will create a theatre company and experience a range of career paths in the industry meaning you develop more than just performance skills.

Entry requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5.

This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Students not studying Drama should have a proven record in the interest of performing arts by having participated in extra-curricular clubs and enrichment, for example, drama clubs or school productions. To gain entry to this course you will be required to attend an audition.

Topics you will study

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners

Unit 2: Developing skills and techniques for live performance

Unit 3: Group Performance workshop

Unit 4: Community Theatre

Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission 

Unit 6: Final Live Performance 

2 x Optional Units – subject to change 

Key features

This course is designed to nurture your existing performance skills and help you develop new ones. To succeed, you must have a passion for performing arts and a willingness to perform a range of performance techniques and styles.

You will be involved in many live performances, coached in voice acting, movement in performance and character interpretation. You will see external theatre productions, alongside working with industry professionals and agencies. We will train you to be a knowledgeable, disciplined performer ready to progress into work, university or drama school. This is a practically demanding subject, with energetic lessons.


Assessment is through a combination of practical and written assessment including controlled assessment.

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

Upon entry to a performing arts course you will be accepted into the Performing Arts Academy. The academy is an opportunity for our performance students to participate in professional workshops with industry professionals at the Octagon Theatre, universities, drama schools and local casting agencies. You will learn about different career opportunities in the performing arts industry and widen your experience and understanding of the professional world of performing arts. You will have the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year as well as public performances both at our home theatre and larger venues such as The Lowry Theatre in Salford.

Why choose B6?

We keep class sizes small which means our students get the very best in personal tuition alongside the chance to gain more lead roles and be noticed when we have guest professionals visit, including casting agents and university recruiters. Keeping our class sizes small has proven to increase student performance and confidence, giving you greater opportunities to be heard and seen, meaning you can reach your full potential. Our teachers have professional experience in the performing arts industry and have developed the Performing Arts Academy. The academy offers students the opportunity to take LAMDA exams, gain work experience and participate in professional workshops at the Octagon Theatre and with other professionals to develop those wider performance skills. We have free workshops and performances all year round delivered by guests from universities such as UCLAN, Liverpool Hope University, Arden School of Theatre, Sterling Academy, the Octagon Theatre, Bolton University and professional scriptwriters and actors. We have excellent facilities including a theatre, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and a dance studio.

Future career opportunities

Students progress to study at drama or dance school, or university. The skills developed are very transferable and desirable in other careers including law and public relations-related careers. Careers may include becoming a dancer, stage or screen actor, director, stage manager, teacher, drama therapist or choreographer.

Additional information

Additional to your study, we provide you with the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch professional performances and visit Media City to learn about TV and radio performance.

We are looking for students who are dedicated to success and ready to learn in a fast paced energetic environment. You will be expected to attend extra rehearsals, study sessions and skills workshops in order to be the best you can be.

Our students also perform in a number of shows and events including national competitions. We also rehearse towards a large scale musical which is performed in a professional theatre.

Future students would benefit from researching the following practitioners and theories in preparation for the course: Frantic Assembly, Laban movement and efforts, Steven Berkoff and Konstantin Stanislavski.


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