Performance Academy

Drama | Musical Theatre | Production

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Packed full of opportunity to explore your creativity, the Performance Academy allows you to build a programme to nurture your talent and really develop as a performer.

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Special Entry Requirements

The entry requirements depend on the courses that you choose to create your Performance Academy experience.

Admission to the Performance Academy is confirmed by audition.

A Levels require 5 GCSEs at grade 5 and Applied Generals require 5 GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE English Language and/or Maths. When you have selected the courses you are interested in you can see more information by looking under each specific course on the website.

Joining the Academy allows you to create a timetable which suits your development needs and your individual career goals.

Course Introduction

With A Levels and Applied Generals at its heart, the programme offers additional projects and experiences to enhance your CV. We provide opportunities to work with Industry professionals and to take part in trips and placements.

Through the study of performance both practically and theoretically, you will have a strong grounding for University or Drama School.

You will be involved in a minimum of four performances over the two years.

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Course Modules


Core Programme

Additional Courses

Select two courses to take alongside A Level Drama & Theatre.

You can choose from the college's wide selection. The following are particularly relevant if you are aiming for a career in the performance industry:

For a full list of courses offered by the college, please see the prospectus.

Enrichment Options

  • Directing for Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Dance Leaders

Creative Consultants

The Creative Consultants are industry experts who will run specialism sessions and share their expertise with the Performance Academy students. Click on a case study to read it in full.

Associate Artists

The Associate Artists are former students who work in the performance industry. They will be coming in to share their experiences and run workshops. Click on a case study to read it in full.


The assessments differ depending on the course. All students will receive specific support for applications to higher education and/or drama school, including audition preparation.


How to Join

You will need to complete an online application - please remember you also need to apply for A Level Drama in order to join the Performance Academy.

If you have already applied to the college, you can add the Performance Academy to your choices for September by emailing Admissions

Career Opportunities

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Young Man and Young Woman Acting on Stage.

Career Opportunities