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Performing Arts


What is this subject about?

RSL Level Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts

The RSL First Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts is designed to give students a hands on introduction to skills necessary to sustain a career within the Performing Arts. Lessons are taught within our newly built Performing Arts studio with some workshops being taught offsite.

We also have access to use the Lyric Theatre’s rehearsal and performance spaces. Students will first look at the founding fathers of acting and will research and explore classic and contemporary theatre techniques. We will then build upon our research and practical skills to look at the pathways you can take within the industry.

In the second year students get to put these skills into practice by preparing audition speeches, donate their skills to a community project and will prepare, rehearse and develop their final production. Using our links within the surrounding community students will have opportunities to put their skills into action as they will work with industry professionals on a variety of projects throughout the year.


The course is equivalent to one and half A levels and is organised into seven units taught over two years. The course is 100% internally assessed. Units covered within this course include: Approaches to Acting Physical Theatre Planning a career in the Performing Arts And Preparing for a performance This course is suitable for students wanting to go into the creative industry, wanting to develop their communication and collaboration skills.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Progression to the Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. There may be the possibility of moving into limited roles within the profession such as backstage work and Access to Community Arts work.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a variety of practical techniques classes, practical workshops, group seminars and lectures.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations. Practical assessment will include some public performances but also in-class presentation and workshop assessment.