Course Overview

Hereford College of Arts has been teaching Performing Arts for over 25 years. It is unique in being the only college in the region to offer professional Performing Arts training within the creative environment of a college dedicated to the arts.

Our tutors have professional experience in the Performing Arts industry and the courses have strong links with a wide range of professional practitioners and performance companies that regularly come to visit the college to deliver workshops and/or performances to our students.

Educational trips are planned to see a varied selection of performance work, including cutting edge contemporary performances in dance, drama and musical theatre, as well as a programme of workshops by professional companies throughout your studies.



The course is designed to incorporate a strong element of vocational learning to provide our students with the understanding, knowledge and skills identified as necessary for future progression and employment, underpinned by broader transferable skills that will enable them to demonstrate qualities of adaptability, self-reliance, collaboration, depend\ability, imagination and creativity. 

The qualification deliberately draws upon approaches to teaching and learning in the performing arts that have proven successful in targeting students that enjoy and learn through practical activity.

Emphasis is placed on providing an experience which draws on the realities of the Performing Arts industry, with students being treated as young professionals and encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning.


Practical classes and tutorials take place over four days of the week, leaving plenty of study-time to complete supporting research and written tasks/ assignments. The units are delivered through practical performance project, which are assessed through an on-going monitoring of progress, together with supporting written tasks. Attendance and application to all areas is essential for successful completion.


On completion of the course, you will have developed your self-confidence, presentation skills, team-working potential and communication skills. As well as a personal career plan and improved performance skills, you will also have a deeper understanding of this challenging but very exciting, industry!

English and maths are an integral part of the course. Students who do not yet have the necessary grades (grade C or above) will get additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Functional Skills depending on prior GCSE grades.  Please click here for more details


Careers advice is offered throughout the course and is discussed during one-to-one tutorials and group tutorials to advise on which path to pursue next. On successful completion of the course there is the possibility to progress on to the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts course.



Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 4 GCSEs Grade A*- F or 9 - 2 in the new GCSE grading structure (to ensure that you qualify it is also highly desirable that you achieve at least a grade C or above in English or maths),
  • Interview & audition