West Thames College London

Performing Arts and Dance - Level 2

This is a practical course in the performing arts for 16-18 year olds. You will devise and perform in plays and learn dance, singing and mask making. You will get involved in productions and see professional musicals and stage shows. You may also take part in workshops with performing arts professionals.

You will choose some specialist units in either dance or acting and complete a final major project. The course is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C and provides a good basis to go on to further qualifications and progress to a career in the performing arts.

Key course features


UAL Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

This course is primarily aimed at 16-18 year olds who are creative and interested in acting and dance.

About the course

You will normally work in a group as well as individually. Much of the work is practical, so emphasis is placed on your ability to work as a member of a team.

You will study:

  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Production skills
  • Musical theatre
  • Performing plays
  • Devising
  • Mask making
  • The performing arts business

You will improve your English and maths and gain employability skills as part of the course.

At some points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

Additional opportunities

You will get involved in productions and see professional musicals and stage shows. You may also take part in workshops with performing arts professionals.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through assignment based work. The emphasis is on practical performance, although there is a certain amount of written work required. The work is graded into pass, merit and distinction. In order to achieve the diploma you are required to pass all areas of the course.

Where next?

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance or Performing Arts if you achieve a merit or distinction. Because this is an introductory course, the Level 2 Diploma will not normally lead directly into professional performance work.

Entry requirements

2 or more GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above, or successful completion of a Foundation Level course including functional skills in English and maths. You will have a workshop audition as part of your interview. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Neil Reynolds

    Level 3 Performing Arts

    Neil Reynolds

    "We do a lot of different genres so we can do anything that's thrown at us. The course has really helped me with my comunication skills and with auditioning. In April I played a main role in a TV show called T BOY on London Live. It was my first major performance and the course really helped me and gave me the confidence to do it."

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