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UAL Music, Performing & Production Arts Diploma Level 1

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    Ever wondered what it would be like to be on stage in front of an audience? If you are hard-working, committed and would like to discover your talents, this one-year course might be the place to start.

    This is a course for learners who are either new to dance or drama, or have gained some previous experience.

    This practical-based course is a great place to start, as it will give you an understanding of the Performing Arts Industry and can help you on to the next stage of your education or help towards getting a job.

    Work experience is an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will form a theatre company, as a group. You will choose a name and design the logo. You will make decisions about the style of performance that you will develop and choose a target audience. You will spend most of your time in rehearsals and then will perform your work in the college theatre, as well as touring to other venues.

    You will have the opportunity to perform in regular theatre performances, as well as to create your own short film. You will also work together as a company to write, direct, rehearse and perform your own play.

    You will develop your skills in a wide range of areas, including:

    • Acting (live theatre)
    • Acting for the camera
    • A range of dance styles
    • Comedy performance
    • Masks
    • Film-making
    • Musical theatre
    • Operating lighting and sound
    • Stage management
    • Marketing
    • Front of house and customer service

    There will be a strong emphasis on developing your employability skills, including teamwork, time-keeping, presentation, communication skills and developing confidence. These skills are crucial, whatever your chosen career path.

    If required for your chosen career or HE course, you may wish to study English and Maths to Level 3.

    Your programme consists of the following elements:-

    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and Maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE Grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (eg punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial and personal development (eg healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Entry requirements

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    To enter at Level 1, you do not need to have any formal qualifications, however, we would ask you to prepare an audition and come for an interview.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    There will be continuous assessment throughout the course. You'll be assessed through your public performances, your written assignments and filmed discussions and presentations.

    The majority of your work will be assessed by your tutors although your performances and other elements of the course will be externally marked.
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services.
    These include
    • FREE travel

    • FREE breakfast

    • dedicated Learning Development Mentors

    • impartial advice and guidance

    • dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs

    • support with the cost of College

    plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    For Higher Education progression routes visit the site www.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you're a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to
    complement your study programme experience.

    The College recognises the need to reward your hard work, dedication and achievement as well as good attendance and punctuality.

    The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre is now part of the University Of Bolton Group and students can undertake a range of activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and much more; if you work hard, there's a good chance you could enjoy these activities too.
  • How to apply?

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    Submit an application online by visiting our application form or by clicking on the Apply Now button.
  • Open Events

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    Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
    • Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm

    Click here to learn more or to register your attendance for one of our Open Events.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    10.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    34 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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