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Performing and Production Arts UAL Level 2 Diploma

This programme will provide you with an introduction to the performing arts area through group project work, including a choice of specialist pathways in acting, dance, musical theatre, production arts and theatrical makeup. The emphasis of the course is on developing skills for successful progression into the level 3 specialist programmes.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 1 year

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 or A* - D ideally including English and ideally maths


  • Performing Arts Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills


  • Previous experience within performing or production arts

Duration: 2 years

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-1 or A* - G ideally including English and maths with a keen interest in music and evidence of previous musical study

Entry will also be subject to passing an audition where you will be expected to perform a short piece within your chosen discipline (acting, dance or musical theatre).

Course content

During the study programme there will be an emphasis on gaining practical performance experience, helping you to decide the routes you wish to take in the future.

  • Subject units:
    • Acting skills  
    • Dance
    • Improvisation
    • Voice
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications


Performing and Production Arts UAL Level 2 Diploma


  • English and maths qualifications if required. 
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme, you could progress on to a Performing and Production Arts UAL Level 3 Diploma, specialising in either acting, dance or production.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme there will be an additional fee of approximately £50 for trips/visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

Although the government has announced that exams will not be going ahead this summer, we are committed to ensuring that all students who apply to join us this year will be able to do so. We therefore want to reassure you that you have nothing to worry about with regards to applying for one of our programmes starting in September 2020. We  are committed to ensuring that the challenges of the current situation will not prevent our future students from achieving their full potential, we are with you every step of the way. To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 or 2 years 21/09/2020 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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