Performing Arts is empowering and challenging. It develops essential life skills from building confidence, self-discipline and teamwork to those of reflection and evaluation.

The focus is acting, singing and dancing. We emphasise high-level performing, supported by in-depth analysis of relevant theory. You'll be able to specialise in Musical Theatre or Acting pathways, so whatever your desired career is you'll be able to focus on improving your core skills. You will have a Personal Coach who supports and guides you through the course. You will meet with your coach for group meetings and for personal one to one meetings on a regular basis.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. All students at FES have a work preparation course as part of their full time programme.

Students are encouraged to organise their own work experience, set up an in-house business or work with their Personal Coach to secure a placement at one of our employer partners. Students have the unique opportunity to work alongside our partners, gaining valuable experience and receiving training with interviews for future work placements.

Units include:

  • Individual Showcase

  • Preparation, Performance and Production

  • Acting Skills

The wide-ranging skills acquired transfer naturally into further study and the course prepares students to take up their place in the world of work.


  • BTEC extended diploma in Performing Arts

  • Higher education courses in Performing Arts, Drama or Production


  • Actor

  • Presenter

  • Production manager