Course Info

16 - 19
Performing Arts and Music
  • creative

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Awarding/validation body:



Course Overview

Throughout this course you will explore a wide variety of performance and production arts subjects that will develop and build your abilities as a performer or producer. You will undertake a range of projects that include script writing, stage craft, lighting, technical theatre, and acting and performing skills. In the second year you will develop opportunities for individual creative expression within a performing and production arts context. By working collaboratively, you will stage productions that test and enhance your performance and technical skills.

You will be encouraged to take an experimental and open-minded approach to exploring ideas which challenge and develop your acting and stage craft ability.

This course will help you to develop independence within your chosen specialism in preparation for progression on to university or employment.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

This two year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

You will be taught by performing arts specialists and practitioners who use their breadth of knowledge to support your studies. We have great facilities here at Croydon School of Art, with dedicated rehearsal spaces and a performance theatre.

This course will give you the opportunity to stage and perform in our purpose built theatre throughout the year. We work with a number of film, television, and theatre production companies as well as local groups as part of work experience. This allows you to gain a hands-on, professional experience of the performing arts industry.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss Apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Completion of this programme will enable you to progress on to a university course.

Alternatively, you can progress on to employment via an internship or an apprenticeship within the creative arts industry.


You will be assessed through a series of public performances and the course work that you produce. Some elements of this programme involve capable writing skills.

Formal and informal assessment will take place continually throughout the year, with individual and group critiques, peer assessment, group work, regular one to one feedback, and structured guidance will help you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing for plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your potential.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C; or

A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered); and

A GCSE at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English or Mathematics; or

English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

How To Apply

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