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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts department at Kendal College is widely respected throughout the country, with a strong record of propelling talented creative students into performance and creative careers. We make no excuse for having some of the highest success rates in the country and students who follow their dreams.

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Robbie Garland | Level 2 Performing Arts

I chose Performing Arts to give myself a wider skill set. Supporting the front-of-house at shows and my work placement has helped me build confidence and gain transferable skills.

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Course Overview

This course will introduce you to a wide range of theatre acting, dance and performance, and will provide opportunities for you to study at a higher level. You should have an active interest in the performing arts and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team. The programme draws together acting, dance and vocal skills through theatre-based projects and performances. A residential session, theatre visits and workshops are part of your course. You will be required to audition for this course.

This course aims to develop your skills in the performing arts for possible progression on to the Level 3 Diplomas in Performing Arts, Technical Theatre or Music.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Acting skills and techniques to perform contemporary and classical theatre through scripted plays. Improvisation techniques, development of physical and vocal skills for actors.

Dance styles and techniques, including contemporary and jazz for performance, working on choreographic skills and professional repertoire. Musical theatre through the ages and performance skills. Developing academic writing and careers in the performing arts and production arts.

Coursework, E-assessment, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Assessment

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English or Maths; or a Level 1 Diploma at Merit or Distinction.

You will also be required to audition for this programme

After Your Course

Dancer Actor Singer. Level 3 Courses in a related subject. Students usually progress on to Level 3 Diplomas in Performing Arts, Technical Theatre or Music.

Extended Diplomas are equivalent to up to three A levels at Grade A (420 Ucas points.)



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700