Performing Arts - Level 1 Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 1 - 4 GCSEs or NVQ Level 1 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


This one-year performing arts course is aimed at school leavers wishing to gain an understanding of the performing arts industry. You will have an introduction to the performing arts (in acting, dancing or singing) and consider different job roles within this sector including performance and non-performance employment.

There will be classes to develop your confidence and communication skills as you develop acting, voice and movement techniques allowing you to decide which area you might like to specialise in.

The first term will see you working towards a performance which allows you to demonstrate your new skills and your interest in your chosen role as either an actor, dancer or singer.

Find out more about the facilities and employer links available at our Performance Academy.  

Course Enrichment

• You will also have the opportunity to perform on stage in our summer Performing Arts Festival.

• You will have the opportunity to audition for our student choir.  


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 12 Months
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

A Performing Arts course is ideal if you're planning to progress to Further and Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career in the performing arts, whether as a singer, dancer, actor or musical theatre performer.

Students from similar courses in the past have progressed to FE Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Dance, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Performing Arts, awarded by Pearsons

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

All students study:

  • Preparing Performing Arts Work
  • Presenting Performing Arts Work
  • Performing Arts Individual Repertoire and Showcase
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development in the
  • Performing Arts Industry
  • Subject Specific Workshops
  • Performances

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and or Math’s. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Learning Methods

We work in a real-world environment, in our theatre and acting spaces, dance studios and practice rooms, as well as in classroom and workshop situations.

Learning methods include practical activity, formal lectures and self-directed study, which includes the use of our Virtual Learning Environment. A lot of work depends on working in groups and teams, as well as working on your own, so we always emphasise professional attitudes, commitment and an understanding of the real-life contexts of the performing arts.

There will be some work around study skills and research skills to develop your writing and academic skills. This will allow you to develop skills that will be invaluable as you progress through FE and into HE.

Assessment Methods

All the work you do is assessed. Students work to criteria published by Pearsons in 'units'.

Assessment is by observation of practical work and performance, marking of written work, your own files and portfolios of evidence, and presentations made in various forms.

The first term is based on the development of study skills, technique and core skills, and performance skills; the second term concentrating on the application of these skills into your assessed performances; and the final term allowing you to demonstrate your broad understanding of the Performing Arts within your final production work.

Progression Opportunities

Previous students have progressed to FE Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Dance, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

These FE course will allow you to gain the qualifications required for a Higher Education course which might include our own Foundation Degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, Contemporary Dance, Stage Management and Technical Production and Events Management.

Many of these courses now have further progression through to BA Hons programmes. Additionally many students have won places at top London schools and other celebrated establishments.

Career Opportunities

A performing arts course will offer you a diverse range of pathways and include creative, performance and artistic aspects of your chosen specialist subject.

This allows you to pursue a vast range of careers within performance and production.

Career directions include: actor, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, musical theatre performer, stage manager, theatre/live event technician, lighting /sound designer, events manager.

Students often move into other related professions within teaching and the leisure industry 

Entry Requirements

You will have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • No formal entry requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.