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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Level 2 Intermediate Performing Arts Pathway has been specifically designed for students aged 16 years or over wishing to study a single creative subject plus GCSE English and Maths [if required], work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

If you don’t already have a grade 4 [C] or above at GCSE in English and Maths, you’ll continue to study these elements which will form a significant part of your study programme.

This course is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about the performing arts industry.  You will not only develop your practical skills, including performing your own work, but you will also gain a deeper understanding of professional practice in this rewarding and fascinating sector.

In order to support your main study programme, future progression and life skills, you will also develop your skills in maths and English.

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs at grade 3 [D] or above, along with a minimum grade 3 [D] in English Language or grade 3 [D] in Maths.

In addition, you will need to attend a full-day audition, where your practical skills will be assessed.

Course Content

You will study:

  • Individual Showcase
  • Preparation, Performance and Production
  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Acting Skills
  • Dance Skills
  • Exploring Improvisation
  • Devising Performance Work
  • Performing Scripted Plays
  • Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Exploring Urban Dance Styles
  • English or Maths (if necessary)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a series of practical and theory-based assignments throughout the year, including external assessment.

Maths and English will be assessed through either controlled assessments or a final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will benefit from discounted rates for theatre visits.

What can I do after this course?

The range of performance skills you will gain, together with your deeper understanding of the industry, will stand you in good stead for working in the sector.

Provided you pass all the required units at Merit or Distinction level, have a grade C in English and demonstrate aptitude for this exciting subject, you could progress to a Level 3 course.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Joshua Horsley

Joshua Horsley

Stepping out in a dance career

A keen dancer, Joshua Horsley perfected his performance skills both during and outside his Derby College course – taking to the stage regionally and nationally.

He combined his Performing Arts studies with his participation in the award-winning Bounceback contemporary dance youth performance group at Déda in Derby. He also developed an enthusiasm for technical theatre, providing backstage support for a range of College productions.

Joshua’s excellent progress and positive attitude led to him being highly commended in the Media, Music and Performing Arts category of our 2014 Peak Awards.

His dedication earned him the Media, Music and Performing Arts prize, sponsored by the Derby Telegraph, at our 2014 Peak Awards.

It was the ideal finale to his College studies: he will now join the first group of learners on the University of Derby’s BA (Hons) Dance, which will be based at Déda.

I hope to be a professional dancer in the future but I am keen to gain behind-the-scenes skills too, which will stand me in good stead for my career.
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