BTEC LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA
The course is practical and links directly to current practice in the Musical Theatre industry.
If a student has skills in singing, dancing and acting and their dream is to perform in musical theatre shows, then this is the perfect course to help develop their talents and realise their dreams. All a student needs is lots of energy, commitment and plenty of enthusiasm, and in return they will learn about the history and context of this exciting industry, perform in shows and concerts, and develop their physical, vocal and acting
Cowley has excellent facilities, including a purpose built
performance theatre/studio equipped with sprung flooring and ‘state of the art’ lighting rig, sound equipment and technical support for all internal assessments.
After the course, many students have progressed to accredited Drama schools, including LAMDA and Guildhall school of Music and Drama to undertake further study. Others have gone on to study Performance Arts related studies at nationally acclaimed universities. Some students have progressed straight to the professional industry as actors, singers, dancers or teachers.
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.
Ideally, Performing Arts or at least one discipline; drama, dance or music (singing) at Level 2 (GCSE or BTEC) will have already been studied, but this is not vital. However, it is essential that a student can demonstrate proficient performance and technical skills in at least two disciplines and that they are willing to develop skills in the 3rd.
The course is mainly practical, but students will undertake academic units and support their practical studies with logs, essays and research projects, therefore it is desirable to have a good level of written English.
Students will need to be able to work independently and be prepared to take part in public performances after college hours.
Students are also required to take part in a one day audition process to establish their suitability for the course.
In addition, a positive College interview is required.
Specialist 1-2-1 vocal lessons and industry professional workshops are offered free of charge. There are also a range of extra-curricular activities open to students such as theatre trips, the acclaimed ‘Cowley Senior Choir’, female/male only vocal ensembles and ‘Dance Company’. Students can also get involved in our annual whole school musical production, past productions include: Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita and Phantom Of The Opera.
David Moorst studied Acting at Cowley. After finished his BTEC course, David went on to study at the prestigious London
Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for 3 years.