• 98%

    of our students have progressed to a positive destination.

    Sunderland College destination data, 16-18 year olds, 2017/18 academic year.

  • 93%

    of our students agreed that the teaching on their course is good.

    Sunderland College On-programme Survey 2018

  • Free meals

    Eligible students may be entitled to bursaries and free meals.

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year TBC Full-Time Bede Campus Full-time Vocational

What’s it all about?

The course is for anyone who wants to study performing arts full time with aspirations of progressing onto further education and eventually to a career in the performance industry or related areas such as teaching.

This course pushes you as a performer for the new age. With the current performing arts industry in mind, this course will challenge you in aspects of theatre and movement.

Although you may identify as an actor or dancer we want to blur these definitions. Creating a modern performer, strengthening your abilities as an actor and dancer. On our performing arts industry skills course we believe in strengthening these skills, allowing the performer to increase their confidence and open up their employability options. The industry is asking for versatile performers and we want to prepare our students to answer this call; whether that be through one of the prior-defined roles or something else entirely.

You’ll learn to push yourself and find talents in areas you never expected.

You'll need at least 2 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English Lanuage and a successful audition.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Students are expected to wear a Performance Department Kit which can be purchased online at http://www.totalsport.co.uk You will need to provide your own stationery (pen, notebook and file) for classes and assignments. Students will also be given the opportunity to take part in external trips, these trips will incur a cost to be paid for by the student. Cost will depend of the nature and length of the visit.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used that encourage and facilitate students’ creative and artistic development. Methods used will encourage both independent and collaborative learning through use of practical workshops/rehearsals, self-directed study and group work and tutorials.

Furthermore, there will be course related companies and practitioners that will lead industry workshops. In addition to this, attendance of performances will be used to broaden learners’ concepts and practice.

Assessment is on-going. Verbal and written formative feedback are given at regular intervals. Assessment methods differ depending on the unit however typical assessment methods used may include: practical demonstrations and presentations, portfolios/reports, performances, events, reflective journals/online blogs and evaluations.

Individual or group projects for each unit will always culminate in public performance (when achievable). During your time studying with us, you will be introduced to numerous industry professionals.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and / or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

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What’s next?

After successfully completing the course you could progress onto our BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance (Theatre, Voice & Movement). Alternatively you may wish to seek employment in the industry.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.


Actors, Entertainers and Presenters

Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

Medium Salary

£ 23370

438 people employed as Actors, Entertainers and Presenters in the current year.

Dancers and Choreographers

Dancers and choreographers devise, direct, rehearse and perform classical and contemporary dance routines.

Medium Salary

£ 23370

93 people employed as Dancers and Choreographers in the current year.


Musicians write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Medium Salary

£ 23370

555 people employed as Musicians in the current year.