Performing Arts & Drama

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Prepare for further education or kickstart your career with BCE’s leading Performing Arts & Drama courses

If you’re a performer at heart then BCE’s Performing Arts & Drama courses are for you! Our Performing Arts & Drama courses introduce you to a variety of disciplines, from musical theatre to contemporary dance and improvisation to acting.

BCE’s courses give you the freedom to be who you want to be and build on your self-confidence, all while creating and rehearsing performances ready for live audiences.

Our Performing Arts & Drama courses will secure you the necessary UCAS points to progress to University and study at a number of prestigious institutions or prepare for a career in the industry

West End audiences are £15m per year and growing
50,000 actors in the UK
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BCE are proud to be a Sadler’s Wells associate school. This partnership enables us to provide an outstanding curriculum in dance.

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Level 3 Drama

Level 3 Drama Duration: 2 Years

This two-year course is for aspiring actors, performers, drama facilitators and drama teachers.

You will learn a range of acting skills both for stage and screen. You will

learn various drama techniques exploring practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht and Meisner. You will work as part of an ensemble and gain skills in devising and script work whilst working as part of a team.

You will understand how to take on different characters both physically and vocally exploring a wide range of themes and topics throughout the year. You will have guest workshops and Q&A sessions with leading industry professionals and gain an insight into the skills you will need to be successful.

Qualification: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts
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Entry Requirements Level 3: 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 including English (or equivalent)

Level 2 Performing Arts

Level 2 Performing Arts Duration: 1 Year

This course is for individuals who would like to embark on a career in performing arts. During this one-year course, you will undertake a series of practical workshops and theory based tasks that explore professional bodies of work. Using these skills and research, you will then apply them to your own productions. Areas of study include:

  • Musical theatre skills
  • Exploring improvisation
  • Acting skills
  • Group movement skills
  • Preparation, performance and production skills
Qualification: UAL Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts
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Entry Requirements Level 2: 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English (or equivalent)
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All of our courses are free for 16-18 year olds and 19-23 if the funding criteria is met. To discuss this further, email:

With a thriving arts culture, expression runs through the heart of London. Study at BCE’s purpose-built dance facility and let your creativity flow!

“At BCE I studied Performing Arts, where I learnt about Drama in ways I didn’t expect. They put me in an environment studying alongside young, hungry and talented people with a similar vision, providing help and support for each other. I formed friends for life and have some of the best memories I’ve experienced from BCE. I now work in a Pupil Referral Unit as a mentor and I incorporate my drama techniques when assisting and leading creative arts lessons. I’m also a music artist writing, releasing and performing my own content. The skills I’ve gained have opened many doors for me along my journey.”

LukeFormer BCE Student

Why study with us?

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Learn from the best Professional tutors with extensive industry experience will teach you everything you need to know
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Develop your skills Equip yourself with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in the industry, working to real-world briefs
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State-of-the-Art The most up to date industry-standard equipment allows your ability to shine
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Proven success Many of our students progress into careers in London’s exciting creative economy or go on to study at top universities


Vocational success rate for Academy learners


of BCE Level 3 learners progress to University


of BCE apprentices progress into careers in London’s creative economy

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Big Creative Training Limited (BCT) is an independent training provider based in Walthamstow. BCT opened in 2000 and offers creative industries programmes for 16 to 19, apprenticeships, adult courses and alternative provision. BCT is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas.

Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries. BCA is rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.

All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential.

To discuss course options with us,

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