Music and Performing Arts

Careers in Music and Performing Arts

Careers in Music and Performing Arts

Studying Music or Performing Arts will enable you to develop skills for a range of careers such as: Musician, Sound Technician, Recording Studio Manager, Actor, Events Manager, Choreographer, Music/Drama Therapist.


Have a look at our Music pathways or Performing Arts pathways to see how you can progress to your dream career.


of our Music, Media and Performing Arts students have gone on to work or further study after completing their course with us.

All students have access to:

Alumni Profile

Matt Helders


“When I went to Barnsley College I'd just started playing drums and the facilities and people I met there gave me amazing opportunities to further my knowledge. I had great experiences that I would say definitely prepared me for the career I'm in now.”

Drummer with the Arctic Monkeys

Student Profile

Shaun Heath

Performing Arts: Acting Pathway Level 3 Full-time

“My course is fun and the tutors and other students are fantastic. The most enjoyable part of the course is the way it is organised. I chose the college as the course stood out as the best one for me.”

Rawmarsh Community School

Student Profile

Paige Roberts

Performing Arts: Dance Pathway Level 3 Full-time

“I chose Barnsley College because it has better facilities than other colleges. The most enjoyable aspect of my course is dance technique – my tutor is brilliant!”

Mexborough Academy

Student Profile

Ellen Fleming

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre Pathway Level 3 Full-time

“College is fun! The people are nice and my course is interesting and varied. I would recommend the college to others as I have had the opportunity to learn a lot, develop myself and increase my confidence.”

St Pius X Catholic High School

Alumni Profile

Jonathan Bradbury

Music Performance Level 3

“I enjoyed recording in the college’s studios and having the opportunity to perform at concerts. I would recommend the college to others as there is a very chilled atmosphere and the tutors are very nice.”

Studying BA (Hons) Popular Music at University Campus Barnsley

Student Profile

Bethany White

Music, Performance and Production Level 2 Full-time

“I enjoy coming to College because you get to meet new people from different backgrounds and you get to try lots of fun activities.”

Home Educated

Reasons to join us at Barnsley College

Reason 1

Our courses are taught by expert tutors who have extensive experience in the music and performance industry.

Reason 2

We have state of the art practice rooms with top of the range Roland electronic drum kits.

Reason 3

We have a purpose made 250 capacity venue with state of the art facilities, where many productions are held.

Reason 4

Students have the opportunity to perform at external events including the college’s most prestigious event of the year, the Excellence Awards.

Reason 5

Students have access to industry standard equipment and software including Pro Tools HD professional standard recording studios, Pro Tools, Logic and Cubase.