Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in the performing arts, or other areas of work where performance skills are useful. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

This qualification aims to develop your skills and understanding of acting, dance and singing by learning in a practical environment with industry professionals. You will perform frequently in our on-site theatre and rehearse in our dance studio, surrounded by music, creative arts and media students and staff.

Who is this programme for?

At level 3 you will be required to become a self-managed learner building on skills you have developed at previous levels either at college or in school. The expectation at level 3 is that you are mature, professional, reflective and motivated. You should be able to seek appropriate support where required and complete work independently. Level 3 courses will provide opportunities for higher level practical skills but also an understanding of the historical context of the performing arts.

What will I study?

You will undertake a broad range of skills based and theory based units which may include: Acting Styles, Physical Theatre, Dance Performance, Children's Theatre Performance, Singing Techniques, Performing Arts Business, Group Performance Workshop, Final Live Performance to an Audience and Improvisation.

We believe that it is important to support you so that you can pursue a future in the performing arts, so the course will include helping you to improve and develop your communication skills with additional GCSE English and Maths where appropriate if you have progressed from a lower level vocational course. If you are coming directly from school you must have GCSE English language at grade C. You will receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track and if needed additional learning support is available.

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will learn through a variety of practical techniques classes, practical workshops, group seminars and lectures.

What modules are covered?

  • Investigating Practitioners' Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  • Singing Techniques for Performers 
  • Musical Theatre Techniques
  • Movement in Performance
  • Children's Theatre Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Individual Performance to an Audience
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience
  • Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
  • Dance Technique

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations. Practical assessment will include some public performances but also in-class presentation and workshop assessment.  

What training will be provided?

You will be trained in all three disciplines of Acting Skills, Dance Skills and Musical Theatre Skills, through practical workshops and lectures.

View a range of creative work

Visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/portfolios to see examples of students' work across all of our creative subjects. 

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What Next?

Every student who applied for university in the last three years in performing arts has been successful in finding a place that suits them. The course provides an excellent structure for UCAS applications and is equivalent to three A Levels.

UCAS applications to HE institutions to study HND/HNC, Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) courses or to develop possible career opportunities in the performing arts industry, including arts management / administration and the education sector.

Independent applications (usually through audition) for Drama School/Dance/Performing Arts HE Academies not part of the UCAS process.

Apprenticeships programmes within the Creative and Cultural Sector, subject to successful applications.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You will be aged between 16 and 19 at the beginning of the course and have:

  • Outstanding behaviour
  • Good level of written English
  • Confidence and willingness to perform in front of others
  • Excellent attendance and time-keeping
  • Ability to listen to the ideas of others
  • Willingness to contribute ideas
  • Able to learn lines and follow instructions
  • Creativity and imagination (nothing is impossible)
  • Be willing to take risks
  • Excellent research skills
  • Good organisation

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4
  • Successful audition

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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I chose Farnborough College because it has a dance studio, a theatre and different areas like the recording studio and music room. I’ve always loved performing arts, singing, dancing and acting, and this college can offer this better than others in my opinion.

I really enjoy the connections we have with other courses like fashion, music, photography and media. For our end of year show, we’re producing and rehearsing for a performance. I’m really enjoying it because we’re doing both the technical side as well as the creative side.


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