Where will this course lead?

The Level 1 Diploma is the perfect qualification to get you started if you feel you have what it takes to pursue a career in the Performing Arts industry. You may have some experience in acting, vocals and dance but feel you need further expert training to help you improve your skills, if so, then this is the course for you!

You will begin the course with a group of budding performers and receive specialist training, industry know-how and personal tuition to hone your skills and strengthen your talents.

What will I study?

During the course, You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions to a live audience and gain work experience within the Performing Arts industry. You will also benefit from theatre trips, backstage tours and visits from Performing Arts practitioners.

How will this course be delivered?

The majority of this course is taught through practical work and performance. However, you will also have written tasks such as research, presentations and journals, which will support your practical work. The Performing Arts facilities consist of a fully equipped dance studio, drama studio and theatre.

There are 6 units to complete over the course of the year.

What qualifications will I get?

UAL Level 1 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on your practical work, both in sessions and in performance and through your written assignments and coursework. Attendance and application in all areas is essential for successful course completion.

All 6 units will be internally assessed and internally verified through student's portfolios of evidence and are subject to UAL Awarding body's external quality assurance.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by attending an interview and a taster workshop.

What are the entry requirements?

Two GCSE's at grade E/2 or above are required. Preferably, these should be in Art or a related subject and English.

What else do I need to know?

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes. If you achieve a grade D/3 at GCSE for either of these subjects then you will be required to enrol on a resit class and prepare to retake your GCSE exam. If you achieve below a D/3 grade then you will enrol on an appropriate Functional Skills course. Extra support is also available.

You will be required to make a payment towards the costs of trips and visits to a variety of venues. You will be required to provide suitable practical clothing to include black jazz pants and or plain jogging bottoms and black jazz dance shoes. You will also be required to buy a Solihull College Performing Arts uniform. This consists of a T Shirt and/or hoodie that can be worn in practical sessions, backstage and front of house for performances. (Solihull College Performing Arts clothing is subject to availability and costs at time of ordering).

You will need to provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, notebook, plastic wallets, folders etc. to help create your course portfolio and to use during sessions. If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

If you are successful on the course you could progress on to the Level 2 UAL course in Performing and Production Arts.


Blossomfield Campus

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time