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Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
14 September 20202 yearsKaty Edmunds

Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.


This is an advanced level course. Achievement at Distinction attracts 420 UCAS points.


The audition will involve a group warm up, some contact work, learning a short dance and performing monologues learnt prior to the audition.  We are looking to see that you can work with other people, you can think on your feet and that you have learnt your lines.


The BTEC Diploma is for creative and energetic students who require a good qualification in dance and drama. Students will need to be passionate about the area and be willing to try new ideas, explore and experiment.


You will learn to work together. You will gain a greater understanding of the performing arts sector and the background to the performance work you see.  You will also increase your skills (dance, drama, acting and singing) and learn to make creative and innovate theatre.


Learn and rehearse in our purpose-built Dance Studio.


Performing Arts teaching staff have extensive professional experience within the area. You will take dance classes in our dance studio. You will have drama workshops, see performances, and be encouraged to visit theatres. There may also be opportunities to meet practitioners (actors/ dancers/choreographers/ directors). Practical and theoretical work is integrated throughout the course, and the theoretical work will help challenge and expand your idea of what theatre can be. We assess you continuously throughout the course, giving you general feedback in class and more formal feedback when we mark your work. Both aim to help you achieve your full potential. Your job is to engage, enjoy and learn.


A BTEC Diploma is equivalent to three A levels. Students gaining an this qualification in Performing Arts will have access to a range of careers and Higher Education opportunities. Progression from this course could be to Higher Education (University) courses in Performing Arts/Dance/Drama/ Theatre, training colleges in the performing arts or careers in the sector (creative, production or administration). The skills learned on the course are essential for any employment and are especially relevant for work which involves managing people, a high profile and/or effective communication.


Audition: Students will be asked to audition by taking part in a workshop. The workshop is an important exercise to ensure that candidates are willing to participate and can work with other people. You will be required to perform a two minute monologue of your choosing. You must learn the lines to perform in the audition.


In addition to the Diploma, you may also take a Functional Skill qualification and choose to take additional qualifications such as GCSE Maths or English.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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