Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)


This two year vocational course will develop your technical and expressive skills in a variety of areas such as musical theatre, contemporary theatre, jazz dance and singing skills. You will take part in the end of year production, have opportunities to perform to live audiences throughout and attend workshops with industry practitioners such as the Frantic Assembly, the Mayflower Theatre and West End performers.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Triple award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist.

Acting and musical theatre.

Topics you'll cover


  • Investigating practitioners’ work
  • Group performance workshop
  • Acting styles
  • Jazz dance techniques
  • Individual performance commission
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance.


  • Performing arts in the community
  • Final live performance to an audience
  • Employment opportunities in the performing arts
  • Singing techniques for performers
  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Contemporary dance techniques
  • Developing the voice for performance.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Assessments
  • Performance piece
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (level three)
  • Equivalent to three A Levels.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview
  • A willingness to work as part of a team and contribute to group work
  • An absolute commitment to performing and rehearsing.

What students say about the course

"This course fuels an aspiring performer with the confidence to proceed in this tough but vibrant industry. Personally, without my two years here at college, I wouldn’t feel so experienced and eager for my next step at drama school. Our department makes it a priority to supply us with amazing opportunities that we wouldn’t experience anywhere else. I’ve had the pleasure of working with two former members of the Matthew Bourne Company on a curtain raiser performance for the opening of Red Shoes at the Mayflower Theatre, which looks great on my CV. For Sister Act, our end of year musical, I took part in an all day workshop with international vocal coach Stephen King followed by a one-to-one, which was really beneficial for my development. I learnt that using my instinct is a skill and that singing has no measurement, so there’s no need to tense up and become nervous."

Lucy Whetren, previously at Noadswood School

Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.