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In 2018, 75% of our students progressed to higher education at either drama school or university

If you are serious about becoming the very best performer you can be, then our courses are an ideal preparation for your future success

Our courses aim to provide you with a training in Performing Arts that will develop your skills and understanding while giving you the opportunity to perform in a range of projects.

As a Performing Arts student you will be based at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts. This means that, from the very first day, you will be working and learning in a specialist theatre environment that is equipped with excellent facilities and specialist spaces to make sure you get the very best training possible. In addition, all of your lecturers have professional industry experience. This means you can be confident that the teaching, guidance and advice you receive truly reflects the standards and expectations of professional theatre.

What will my learning look like?

Our courses are about developing the skills, knowledge and understanding essential to becoming a successful performer. The course places a strong emphasis on self-reflection and taking responsibility for your own learning.

You will be taught by a team of accomplished lecturers with extensive professional experience in the Performing Arts. Lessons are delivered through a combination of practical workshops, seminars, rehearsals and performances.

Our full time courses offer a broad training in the Performing Arts and is designed around four main subject areas – dance and movement, acting and performance, voice and singing and professional preparation. You will take part in four to five public performances a year in which you will be rehearsing as a company and aspiring to professional standards. Our full time courses are  demanding, exhilarating and rewarding – they will challenge you to develop as a performer, to explore new skills and to achieve things you never believed were possible.

What happens afterwards?

All of our Level 3 courses are A Level equivalent and attract UCAS points. Our courses are an ideal preparation for a career in performing or further study at university or drama school.

 The Performing Art department has a reputation for helping students to achieve their dreams and progress onto further training in performance. Our students have been successful at gaining places at prestigious drama schools in the UK such as Guildhall, Drama Centre, ArtsEd, Performers, LIPA, ALRA, The Laban Centre, and others. Other students have chosen to follow associated degrees in teaching, creative writing, theatre making and drama. They have progressed to universities like AUB, Winchester, Manchester and Roehampton. Students who have remained on the island have used their excellent transferable skills to rapidly enter employment.

What are the entry requirements?

The Level 3 courses are open to all students who have achieved five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English. Our Level 2 course requires a minimum of four GCSEs grade D/3 and above

Having Drama at GCSE is not a requirement but we would like to see some evidence of your interest in the subject area

All applicants will be invited to an audition at the centre where you can meet the team

If you don’t have the five GCSEs required then you can still apply for the Level 2 Performing Arts qualification which is a one year course leading to the Level 3 qualification.

What should I do now?

If you would like to find out more you should feel free to get in touch directly via email. We offer anyone interested in our full-time Level 3 course the opportunity to come into the centre for a day and to experience the learning environment for themselves. If you would like to book a taster day then please get in touch and we will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. Otherwise you can speak to your careers advisors about our courses and how to apply to study at the College. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have so please don’t hesitate to contact us using the email below.

For more details or how to apply, please contact Gillian McCartney


Additional learning support

As part of your learning programme, if you have not yet attained a grade C/4 or equivalent in mathematics and English language, you will be required to study a Functional Skill or GCSE in these subjects.

Students may require additional support for a number of reasons. At the start of your course you will be asked to complete an initial assessment in order for us to identify any additional needs that you may have. During your course, your personal tutor will be able to guide you on how best to access support.

We can offer the following:

  • Progress Coaches
  • Learner Support assistance (1:1)
  • Learner Support assistance (group)
  • Learner Support assistance (drop-ins)
  • Specialist ESOL teaching
  • Study lab sessions
  • In-class support
  • Special arrangements for exams