Level 3 Professional Performance Programme - Acting

This intensive, full-time course focuses primarily on acting and drama, along with additional classes in dance and singing technique. You will be continually supported as you extend your performance skills in a range of styles and will be given the opportunity to take part in a number of public shows, some that you may audition for and others that you will automatically be cast in as part of your course. We often take some of these shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You will also be taught the skills you need to pass auditions so that you can continue your training at one of the top drama schools or universities in the UK.

91% of students who apply, gain places at accredited dance and drama schools. We take the best young performers in the North West and help them to develop the skills that allow them to progress on to the most prestigious drama schools and universities in the UK.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    The Professional Performance Programme (PPP) is a challenging and rewarding course that is only available at Runshaw. It offers intensive, high-quality training for motivated students who want to pursue careers in the performing arts. Whereas A Levels focus more on theory than practical work, the PPP teaches hands-on performance skills and thus gives students a much better chance of passing auditions for prestigious dance, drama and musical theatre schools.

    This pathway focuses primarily on acting, with some dance and singing technique. You will develop your technique in a range of styles, from naturalism through to physical theatre and classical performance. You will learn how to direct actors in a play and take part in two week-long tours, one for primary schools and one for high schools. The Acting pathway culminates in a major show performed for a public audience.

    Exceptional candidates may also be able to study for an A Level in Dance, Music or Theatre Studies alongside this PPP pathway.

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  • Entry Requirements

    For our Advanced Vocational courses our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x GCSEs at Grade 4, Maths or English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and Grade 3 in the others.

    Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.

    In order to maintain the high quality of the Professional Performance Programme, applicants must also pass an audition that usually takes place in early July. This ensures that all the students on the PPP have the necessary level of skill and commitment to succeed. Applicants who do not meet the standard for the Level 3 qualification may be offered a place on the PPP: Foundation – a one-year course designed to develop students’ skills to a level where they will then be able to progress onto the PPP Level 3.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You will take part in a number of projects over the two years. Most assessments last for 6-8 weeks and consist of skills classes where you are taught relevant techniques and then development sessions where you apply those techniques and then perform in front of a live audience. You will also complete project books and evaluations for some of the practical work that you have done on the course. All of these will take the form of coursework as there are no written exams. On completion of the course, you will gain an Extended Diploma from the University of the Arts London.

  • Progression Pathway

    A high proportion of our students move on to prestigious institutions. In 2016, 75% of the students who applied gained places at accredited dance and drama schools; no other college in the North West can match these statistics.

    Some of the places that our students have progressed to include:

    • Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
    • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
    • Rose Bruford College
    • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
    • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
    • East 15 Acting School
    • American Academy of Dramatic Art
  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.