Oldham Sixth Form College


Performing Arts (Blended)

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  • Case study






I knew that this course would not only allow me to perform and work creatively with others, but would also give me an essential insight into the nature of the industry and how to carve out a career.

Performing Arts (Blended)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 & 2
    100% coursework and practical combined
  • Exam board
    OCR (BTEC - Single Diploma)


What Will You Learn?

The Performing Arts course is designed for those students who want to explore the performance industry in more depth, in terms of the work available, how to network, audition and survive in this most competitive of industries. You will explore freelance and contract based work, as well as preparing for projects and performances. There is practical work involved, in terms of workshop based classes to help refine your skills. This is a particularly useful course if you want to explore the varied roles within the industry, not simply performance.


You will study a total of eight modules over the two year course, choosing the performance discipline you wish to focus on, either dance, music or drama. There will be the opportunity to not only perform, but also to present to camera. The modules cover a range of work, including exploring how the art forms can be combined, performing repertoire, working towards a commissioning brief and influential performance practice, all linked with the overarching objective of preparing to work in the performing arts industry.  Students will study all areas associated with forging a career as a freelance performer.

Special Features

Performing Arts students are well supported, with excellent practical resources, including a fully functional theatre space, which also operates a professional sound and lighting desk, and a black box studio space. There are also shared practice rooms and access to the dance studio space. Specialist tutors, experienced in each area of the arts, are always on hand to offer help and support, with an open door policy in order to facilitate friendly working relationships.

As practical work forms a substantial part of the course, we recommend and encourage students to get involved in the very popular annual College production, often a musical theatre piece, as part of the OSFC Xtra’s programme, that allows students more experience in performing for an audience and working collaboratively as part of an ensemble cast. These productions often sell out, so offer all students the opportunity to play to larger audiences and form strong relationships with their peers.

Where Will This Lead?

Many of our students have gone on to prestigious universities and stage school, to study a diverse range of creative courses in Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, Education and Events Management at locations such as:

  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts),
  • Urdang Academy,
  • Middlesex University,
  • ALRA (Academy for Live and Recorded Arts),
  • Manchester Met University
  • Bird College
  • University College Oldham Performance