Course Info

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (A Level equivalent)

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

For our level 3 course, you are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 including English. If you were unsuccessful in achieving your GCSE in maths, you will be able to retake this during your time at college.

You will also be required to undertake an interview and join our fun, full-day audition and write a short 500 word piece explaining a little about yourself and why you want to be a performer.


2 Years

Course Content

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Drama and Theatre is the second year of a course which can perfectly compliment your other subjects at BTEC certificate or A-Level.

On completion of this course, you will have had the opportunity to have gained 60 credits and the chance to explore theatre and performance in a practical way, whilst also developing skills which are currently highly sought after amongst most businesses and industries, including public speaking, non-verbal communication, time management, team-work and divergent thinking.

In addition to developing singing skills, actor’s vocal skills, Contemporary and Classical Theatre you will have the opportunity to engage in performance work as well as being involved in our extensive enrichment programme and season of public performances.

Your Unique Experience

A warm welcome to YOU from the Clarendon Sixth Form Centre for Performing Arts!

In these dreams our future begins

The whole team is really excited to be joining you on the next step of your journey into the Performing Arts.

We really want you to enjoy your time with us and to be the very best version of yourself that you can possibly be. We will support you, challenge you and open your eyes to the potential for a fantastic and varied future in the Performing Arts industry.

● At Clarendon Sixth Form College, we are more like a family and you will find very quickly that you make a lot of very close friends and find a special place with people who share your passion and your dream.

● You will often be given 1-2-1 support with a teacher to help you to be the very best you can be.

● You will be assigned a Progress Tutor who will specifically look after your pastoral and course requirements

● You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including discussions, presentations, written work and practical assessments

● You will have the opportunity to be involved in a rich and diverse enrichment programme, which will include:

● At least 10 Public Performances, including a Christmas Café Theatre piece, 1 BIG Musical and 1 contemporary play

● TIE: (Theatre In Education). Directly bringing theatre into local schools with music, singing and dance workshops

● Fight Club: Stunt and stage combat work, including unarmed and rapier & dagger training.

● Dance Club: A wide selection of dance including: Ballet, street, modern, ballroom and tap. A fantastic opportunity for you to develop dance and fitness, for fun or at a higher level.

● Song Club: Fun, weekly singing sessions to improve your voice and to have an opportunity to sing in public, as part of a choir or as a solo performer.

● Audition class: Essential for your progression into drama school. This is led by an experienced and professional acting coach and author with many years’ experience supporting young people, just like you, into gaining a place at the top UK drama schools.

The staff at Clarendon Sixth Form college have supported their previous students in reaching their goals and securing places at top UK Drama schools, including: ALRA, Arden School of Theatre, Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

From 2018, Arts Ed will be holding their auditions here at Clarendon Sixth Form college and have kindly agreed to give FREE auditions to ALL Clarendon Sixth Form students!


● Black T shirts
● Loose fitting black tracksuit or black jogging trousers and black sweatshirt
● Trainers / running shoes
● Water bottle
● Digital voice recorder (not your mobile) for recording singing and lectures
● Ring binder folders with A-4 paper and pens
● Memory stick/USB


●  Black Suit
●  One pair of black shoes - (plain - not Dr Martens)
●  One white shirt


●  One black, full length skirt
●  One pair of black shoes - (heel - no higher than 1”)

Many classes will be in bare feet and you may want to bring along a towel and bottled water.

More than just a Course

In these dreams our future begins

The Performing Arts landscape is changing.

And so are we.

● The new needs

As the Skills Gap continues to widen, many education providers are investing in STEM subjects. Whilst this is clearly a vital area for development, surveys conducted by EEF, UCKES and CIPD demonstrate a growing need for young people with more than technical knowledge.
Employers are demanding a workforce that can be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of business and industry.

These skills, often termed ‘soft skills’, include effective communication, time management, team & leadership skills, creativity & problem solving skills and an ability to work under pressure to deadlines. All of these skills easily developed within vocational Performing Arts courses, making pro-active, innovative and creative Level 3 graduates more than performers and hugely employable.

Which is why graduates from Level 3 Performing Arts courses succeed not only within the core industry, but also in sales & marketing, NHS, Politics, Armed Forces and more.

● Increasing Opportunity in Employment

Whilst the nature of the Performing Arts industry remains vulnerable and unreliable, new digital technology has significantly increased opportunities of employability for young people; locally the move of the BBC alone is estimated by KPMG to have increased UK gross value added by £277million in just one year, with an additional 2,500 jobs. Furthermore, the development of Media City is seen as powering the digital economy.
The opportunities for young people to gain meaningful employment and work-experience in an employment sector in which they have a passion have never been more present and as a provider of vocational education, Clarendon Sixth Form College are perfectly placed to support these young people.

● There are 5,480 businesses and 101,593 people working in the performing arts sector; of these, a minimum of 34% are employed in onstage occupations such as acting or dancing.
● Employment in the performing arts grew by 20% 2006-2009 and has maintained a steady increase.
● At any one time there are 750,000 individuals following cultural sector-related courses in further and higher education.
● An increase in Performing Arts entries of 14% at GCSE over the past 5 years

Sources: DfE, UKCES, KPMG.

● Why Show-business means business

The Performing Arts industry is vast and therefore one of the largest employers and economies in the UK. The more obvious elements being TV, Film, Radio and Theatre (including classical, contemporary, street arts, carnival arts, circus and physical theatre, dance and opera etc), but also include the music industry (including live performances of classical, pop, rock and all contemporary forms of music), computer gaming and so much more. This includes performers, promoters and those who provide backstage technical input and administration.
The BTEC qualification remains a flexible option for many young people, increasing opportunities for further study at University or Drama School and through the natural development of ‘soft skills’ allows students to broaden employment environments, often beyond the more traditional performance and technical support routes, into teaching, sales and marketing, managerial roles and even politics.

The vocational nature of the Performing Arts course encourages young people to develop a greater sense of identity, supporting wider communities beyond the socio-economic and further toward an understanding of cultural diversity.


Students will learn from staff with many years’ of professional performance experience at high level in TV, FILM and Theatre.

Staff will bring with them and instil the culture of professional rehearsal etiquette – the student experience will feel much more like Director and Performer and less like student and teacher.

Special Features

● We have received wonderful feedback from our most recent show (June, 2017) from both parents and professionals. Here is an example of just a couple of the kind words we received:

“I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! on an amazing end-of-year show last was fantastic! It was such a privilege to watch all the students play their part and showcase their talents. It was the first time many of (student's) guests had seen her perform (especially dancing & singing!) and they were blown away by how amazing she was. It was clear to see how much work the students and yourselves have put it in.

Also, I wanted to say a huge personal thank you for everything you have done to support her through this first year. I have never seen her happier because she is learning and developing skills in something she truly loves to do. She has made lovely supportive friendships like never before and she is being taught and mentored by people who believe in her and inspire her. I am very grateful to you all.” Parent, 2017

“The commitment, enthusiasm and energy displayed by all in last night's performance was outstanding; a joy to watch and a credit to yourself, stage management and crew.

We were really impressed by the overall standard; really well executed dance routines, wonderful singing voices and a display of excellent comedy timing.

It’s hardly any wonder that the audience (including ourselves) warmed and greatly appreciated a well delivered, professional show. The performers gave their all!

We would like to take this opportunity in wishing all the performers, in last night’s showcase, every success in their future careers.

Best Wishes,

N y l a n d M a n a g e m e n t


Actors & Actresses

Since 1985”(Nyland Management, Professional Agency, 2017)

Course Format

This is a full time course, which we approach in a very practical way. Although there is not a lot of written work, you will be required to write a Log Book, keep a diary and write essays.

The majority of your assessments will be through your performances, many of which will be to public audiences. Recent performance venues have included the main stage at the Royal Exchange Theatre, the main stage at the Trafford centre and of course, in our own beautiful 200 seat theatre with new professional sound and lighting equipment.


On successful completion of this qualification, many young people progress into Higher Education at Drama School or University, where they continue to train to become professional performers, or train as teachers or professional coaches.

Many young people move immediately into industry and can often be seen on stage and television.

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Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (A Level equivalent)

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