Performing Arts

Theatre and the Performing Arts is currently worth in the region of £70 billion to the UK economy and our study programmes reflect the fantastic opportunities available in the performing arts industry and beyond.


We have many spaces where we can create magical and engaging theatre, indoors and out. As well as our Dance and Rehearsal Studio we use other spaces to develop and perform creative work; the mansion, the woods, the conference centre and the gardens.

Working closely with our media, art and foundation departments and visiting practitioners and local communities we develop your skills to produce engaging performance pieces.

We discover and develop a range of performance styles and genres; equipping you with a diversity of experience. These range from traditional stage work through to storytelling, pop-up theatre and immersive promenade performances.

Our module choices enable you to develop a range of useful and transferable skills giving you a broad experience of the performing arts business, including front of house, stage management, performance, set, costume and prop design/build.

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Available Courses

  • Level 2 Performing Arts

    About the course

    This study programme is an ideal foundation for students, who learn through engagement in practical projects, workshops, showcases and live performance.


    Progression on to our Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts depending on grades achieved and attendance. We will also expect a minimum of grade 4 in English and maths to progress on to the Level 3 qualification. You will also be well placed to find a suitable apprenticeship on completion of this Level 2.

    GCSE/Functional Skills

    All full-time students, aged between 16-18, will study GCSE or Functional Skills in Maths and English, if they don’t already hold an A*- C level GCSE in the subject. This is an integral part of their vocational study programme at BCA. Students over 19 are also encouraged to refresh and accredit their skills alongside vocational study.

    Click here to read more about what BCA offers as part of your Study Programme.

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 2 or above and a grade 3 or above in maths and English.

    Course Duration

    One Year

  • Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts

    About the course

    This study programme offers a diverse range of specialist performance based units providing industry specific knowledge, understanding and skills that prepare students for employment or further training.


    Progression on to employment, apprenticeships, Higher Education or stage school on completion of this Level 3 qualification.

    *There are also options for learners to study a one year 60 credit subsidiary diploma or 90 credit diploma qualification.

    Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above to include maths, English and drama.

    Course Duration

    Two Years*