Music and Performing Arts

Performing Arts Level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2020 and will run for one year.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 2/E including GCSE English plus a positive school report


You will achieve

UAL Level 1 Introductory Award in Performing Arts

Course overview

This introductory study programme provides you with a foundation in performing arts. You will learn the basics in performing arts and develop overall voice, movement and acting skills to enable you to progress to further education or employment within the creative industries.

This programme will develop your confidence and allow you to strengthen your abilities working in a team or by yourself.

Course content

The Introductory Award provides a hands on experience of all aspects of performing, from music performance to developing acting and dance skills. You will learn about working in the performing arts industry and what skills are needed to be successful. There will be lots of opportunities to put on performances and showcase your work as both a solo performer and as a member of a group.

  • Understanding basic drama techniques
  • In-class performance of drama extracts
  • Developing acting, musical theatre and dance skills
  • Preparation for progression to Level 2 Performing Arts



You will be assessed through performances, practical demonstrations and through course work activities.

You will need to have pens, paper and appropriate clothing for practical activities. If you play an instrument you may need to have access to this as well on occasions.


Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Upon successful completion of the Level 1 Introductory Award you can progress onto Level 2 Performing Arts course or Level 2 Music. You can then progress through the levels right up to gaining a degree in Music or Performing Arts at our University Campus.



How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Performing Arts Level 1 Full-time

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