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The CTEC Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts course inspires students to become independent theatre makers with the skills that they need to go on to higher education and employment, whether in drama, theatre or any other field.


Students learn through experience, seeing theatre, making theatre and working with professionals in the field. Students are introduced to a wide range of styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise work, learn new skills and develop full public performances. Students can choose to develop their skills in Acting, Dance or Technical Theatre. Whichever option they choose, students will gain invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.


There are no formal requirements to access this course but a background in your chosen pathway would be helpful. This could be a GCSE in Dance or Drama or taking part in performances and productions outside of school.


Acting and Dance students will require practical clothes to work in.

Designers will require a set of pencils and coloured pencils and other drawing tools.


As well as a good level of performance skills and experience, students wanting to study performing arts need to be creative, confident and work well as part of a team.


Unit 1 – Preparing to work in the Performing Arts Sector:

Unit 2 – Proposal for a Commission Brief – 2000 word essay written under exam conditions

Unit 3 – Influential Performance Practice – 2 Solo Performances, Research Essay of 2 practitioners.

How we generate evidence for grading criteria: Public Performances, Workshop Participation, Actors Log, Evaluations of Work, Research, Portfolios, Design Portfolio, Finished and Built Designs.



  • Improvisation
  • Performing Scripted Theatre
  • Classical Theatre
  • Directing


  • Dance Technique
  • Choreography
  • Performance
  • Dance Appreciation


  • Stage Management
  • Lighting Design
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design


This course can lead to further study or employment in the following fields: acting, design, directing, stage management, media, film and television, public relations, coaching, education, law, journalism, politics and many more.


In drama lessons, students develop skills that are not just essential for working in theatre but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. Students will develop collaboration, communication, leadership, concentration, artistic awareness, self-awareness, creativity, confidence, evaluation and analysis of cultural, social and literary contexts.


“I really enjoy this course as it allows me to express myself creatively and helps me to obtain the knowledge I want to acquire. Learning about the theory behind the theatre helps me to understand the practitioners creative process which allows me to apply their techniques to my own drama” – Year 13 Student.