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Performing Arts: Level 2 UAL Diploma

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES - Studies are performance-driven with the opportunity to perform both internally at Nescot and externally. Previous venues have included: Brighton Fringe Festival, G-Live, CLF Art Café, Front Room and Ignite Festival.

Course information

Course Summary

This introductory practical course is a very good way for you to start to prepare yourself for the future. You will learn about acting, dance and the voice to develop your skills in performing. You will work with others in your group on practical assignments which will encourage you to develop your own ideas and perform to audiences.

Course Code:N5592
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Awarded by:UAL (University of the Arts London)  
Course Length

One year

Course Detail

This course will introduce you to the important things you need to know about if you want to work in the performing arts business. You will learn about acting and devising plays. You will also learn about rehearsals and how important they are to a successful a production through team work and collaboration. Your performance skills and confidence will develop whilst you work on your exciting and imaginative assignments.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,050

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Equipment: Students are required to wear Nescot performing arts standard uniform which includes black t-shirt and sweatshirt. The fee for this uniform is approximately £27.50 and can be ordered at Nescot during enrolment.

Visits: Enrichment visits will be arranged throughout the programme and will cost in total for the year approx. £80.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above. You will also be asked to attend an audition, where you will be required to perform a rehearsed scripted monologue, dance or song.

We also require a good reference from your school alongside your application.

Progressing Students

A level 1 Diploma, Plus English. You will also be asked to attend an audition, where you will be required to perform a rehearsed scripted monologue, dance or song. Plus a good reference from your current tutor for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

You may wish to progress to a specialist National programme in Performing Arts, Media or Design if you have achieved merit in your First Diploma. Alternatively you may progress into jobs such as working in a box office or front of theatre. You can also seek employment as a performer or in arts administration.

Potential career routes in the Performing Arts industry:

  • Acting performance
  • Arts administration
  • Box office and front of house in theatres
  • Choreography
  • Classical theatre
  • Communications industry
  • Costume and props technicians
  • Dance performance
  • Entertainment at holiday camps
  • Event management
  • Film
  • Journalist (arts)
  • Marketing
  • Performance on cruise ships
  • Production
  • Script writers
  • Stage & lighting technician
  • Stage combat
  • Stagehand
  • Theatre
  • Vocal performance
Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/2021