Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 1
Start Date:
36 weeks

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Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

Standard college entry requirements for Level 1 and a successful audition.

Who the course is for

Our Level 1 course is perfect for those passionate about diving into the world of performing arts. You'll build a foundation in performance techniques and gain insights into the exciting performing arts industry. This course is designed as a stepping stone for further studies. Through practical activities and creative projects, you'll refine your skills and discover the ins and outs of the performing arts. Plus, you'll develop key skills like communication and teamwork, getting ready for a future in this dynamic field. Join us to unleash your creativity and set the stage for an exciting journey in the performing arts!

What you will learn

The Diploma is made up of 10 units delivered and assessed across the year.

  • A1 Being Organised
  • A2 Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • A3 Working with Others
  • A4 Researching a Topic
  • PA5 Using a Stimulus for Performance
  • PA8 Performing a Dance Routine
  • PA9 Performing a Piece of Music
  • PA10 Acting in a Performance
  • PA11 Personal Preparation for Performance
  • PA12 Rehearsing for a Performance

(Units may be subject to change)

How you will learn

You will learn through a mixture of practical skill building and creative workshops; lectures; rehearsal and performance opportunities. You will also have academic tutorials with a subject tutor throughout the course where your progress will be reflected on and targets set. 

Work placement



The Level 1 Diploma supports progression to our BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts Industry Skills, alongside working towards the achievement of Functional Skills qualifications or GCSEs in Maths and English at grade 4 or equivalent.

The course explores various performance styles and techniques alongside a range of career pathways in the Performing Arts. After completing the Diploma, learners may wish to pursue a level 2 qualification, apprenticeship or junior role in the industry.

Further study and employment areas include:

  • Performance
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Acting
There are no further course fees for the performing arts courses, however, if there are opportunities for trips there may be costs as required.
Qualifications you will get

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Performing Arts

Additional information

As a performing arts student you will also have access to Digital Theatre Plus where you can watch recordings of professional works and access resources that may support you with your studies and wider performing arts appreciation. 

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