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Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) - Subsidiary Diploma

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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

This is a two year practical course for those who have experience and are interested in song, dance and choreography for musicals. It focuses on the development and refinement of singing and dancing skills and how they contribute to the telling of a story to an audience.

This course is equivalent to 1 A Level qualification.

What does the course involve?

You will study musical theatre from the 1920s to the modern day and recreate pieces from musicals such as Chicago, Oklahoma, West Side Story, Wicked and many more.

Units of study include:

  • Developing Movement Skills.
  • Singing skills for Actors and Dancers.
  • Musical Theatre Performance.
  • Performing to an Audience.
  • Auditions for Actors.

There are ten assignments to complete. The majority of the assignments are practical although there is some written work. As part of your assessment you will be expected to plan, rehearse and perform aspects of musicals throughout the year. There will also be a written research project into chosen examples of the genre.

Resources and facilities

All performances will take place in our Performing Arts centre.

Your work will be supported by a sound design technician and theatre manager with responsibility for lighting.

The Library has an extensive Performing Arts collection and one of the librarians is also a subject specialist.

You will have access to Digital Theatre Plus online archive, which contains a wide range of filmed versions of recent West End and international plays and musicals.

What can you do after the course?

Students who have completed the course have gained highly sought after places on various specialist courses. These include:

Peter Bindloss - Arts Educational College, London. 3 year musical theatre course.

Emily George - Margaret Howard Theatre School. 3 year dance and musical theatre course.

Breanne Burton - Fourth Monkey Theatre Company.

Musical Theatre rehearsal

Musical Theatre rehearsal


The Enrichment area of this website has more information about Musical Theatre, Drama and performance at Hereford Sixth Form College.


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