Level 1 Award & Diploma in Music, Performing and Production Arts


  • 16-18, Adults


Will the course give me what I want? 
Course content

This is a 1 year, Level 1 UAL course which is split between the Music and Performing Arts departments and expects participation in all elements of the programme – music theory, production and performance, as well as the three main general areas of the performing arts: dance, drama & singing, although there will be the opportunity to specialise.

Areas of study include: Acting Skills, Dance Skills, Physical Theatre, Devising Plays, Dance Performance, Musical Theatre, Business in the Performing Arts, Production techniques, Music Composition, Music Performance Techniques, Music Business, Listening Skills and Working as a Musical Ensemble.

How will I learn?
You will learn through a variety of practical techniques classes, practical workshops, group seminars and lectures. As part of the course you will also form a production company with other learners in your group, which enables learning through collaboration. 

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.  

What qualification do I get on completing this course?
Level 1 Award & Diploma in Music, Performing & Production Arts (UAL)

Where have students gone to after completing this course?
UAL Level 2 Diploma courses

What are the expected employment areas with this course?
Theatre & Music industry 

Awarding Body

Expected prior knowledge
You will have some experience of music and drama, whether through school / college or amateur dramatics or extra-curricular clubs or bands. Your preference might be to sing, dance, act or play an instrument, but you will be open to learning about all disciplines.

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

Level 2

Is there additional work required by the student?

2 – 5 hours per week of independent learning. In addition to your coursework there will be opportunities to attend performances at professional venues, participate in extra workshops and attend talks from visiting artists.

Entry Requirements

  • Confidence and willingness to perform in front of others
  • Excellent attendance and timekeeping
  • Ability to listen to the ideas of others
  • Willingness to contribute ideas
  • Creativity and imagination (nothing is impossible in music & theatre!)
  • The ability to have FUN!
  • Ideally, the ability to either sing, play an instrument or present other musical skills

To be a successful applicant to our programmes in Performing Arts you should have the following qualifications:

  • You will have an initial assessment of your literacy skills and will need to achieve a score of Entry Level 3 in order to gain access to the course.
  • Be aged between 16-18 
  • Have some achievements at GCSE 1-2 (E-G) or above.
  • Motivated in following a music and performing arts programme
  • Demonstrate a commitment to working towards goals with your tutor
  • All courses are subject to a successful and positive reference from a previous tutor or employer.

English level
English GCSE at 1-2 (E-G) or above.

Mathematics level
Maths GCSE at 1-2 (E-G) or above, is desirable but not essential.


Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

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