Performing and Production Arts - UAL Level 2 Diploma


About the course

Aged 16-18 and interested in acting? This intensive one-year course will give you lots of experience on stage, as well as a thorough grounding in the professional expectations of the performing arts world. The course culminates in an end-of-year production, which, if possible, is taken on tour.


You will need four GCSEs at grade D or above (which must include one Humanities subject). Alternatively, you need a Level 1 vocational qualification, including Functional Skills at Level 1.

You must have a good reference from your school, employer or relevant sponsor, and must complete an audition and interview prior to full enrolment.

The core of this diploma is performance and development of drama. You will produce and perform in a varied repertoire up to a final group performance.

At the same time, you will develop skills in devising plays, acting, movement and dance, physical theatre, performing scripted plays and working in the performing arts industry.

You will develop your English and Maths skills through the performing arts production processes and your professional development in the performing arts industry.

Assessment is through coursework assignments, practical work and public drama performances.

You can progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, also offered by City and Islington College. Successful completion of this course will then enable you to progress to drama school or university to study a related course. Some students move straight into work in the Performing Arts.

I took the course at the College and my passion for performing arts just grew and grew

Armin Karminadaghi

Armin Karminadaghi

Studied for a Diploma in Performing Arts

Destination: Lead role in BBC hit drama series Waterloo Road

Last year BTEC Performing Arts student, Armin Karminadaghi, secured a leading role in hit BBC drama series Waterloo Road. Armin initially wanted to study art and design, but did not do as well in his A Levels as he would have liked. However, he knew even from a young age that he had a natural ability for acting.

He said “I took the course at the College and my passion for acting just grew and grew. I have learnt so much from my teachers, who are not just teachers but friends. They are very inspiring, calm and provide you with the whole package to pursue a career in the industry.”

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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 2
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35 Weeks
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Full time
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