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Foundation Degree Acting Performance (UCAS: 2B14)

This is a performance-based course which provides an opportunity for students to gain a Foundation Degree in Acting Performance. It is primarily designed for those people who intend to work in the industry and there are clear links between the development of high level skills relating to performance arts, in-depth understanding of the performing arts industry and personal development of the individual, all of which are integrated into our course.


This is a highly practical course. Performance projects include devised work, theatre in the community and text based performances. Students are encouraged to develop personal strategies to enhance their employability. As well as generic transferable skills, they also include activities of particular relevance to aspiring actors such as making contacts with agents and casting directors, developing acting CV's and creating show and voice reels. Although the Foundation Degree is a stand-alone qualification, most students who successfully complete it progress to our one-year BA (Hons) Acting Performance (Top-Up) which further broadens the range of eventual career opportunities.

Kris Swinbank, a current Foundation Degree in Acting Performance student said "I enjoy Performing Arts at Calderdale College, it has changed my career path."


Teaching on the practical elements of the course is largely workshop based. Performance work forms a central part of the course and includes work performed in our own theatre and at outside venues. Other teaching includes lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and distance learning using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students have the opportunity to work with a wide range of visiting theatre companies and other professionals working in the industry and students take part in showcase productions for agents in their final year. The College has strong links with local theatre companies, agents and casting directors who provide regular talks and workshops throughout the year.

Course Leader profile

Sophie Dixon

Sophie has a BA in Drama from Hull University and studied for a MsC in Festival Producing at Queen Margaret University College. She has been a lecturer on all Performing Arts courses at Calderdale College for 10 years. She performs regularly with both text based and devised contemporary performance works including Stitching by Anthony Neilson and an observational/invisible theatre event surrounding the student protests against education cuts. She has also worked as a performer, collaborator and researcher with multimedia performance company, The Chameleons Group. Recent projects include The Prawn Joke, a devised physical theatre performance at The Lowry Theatre in Manchester and she performed at the 2017 Sibiu international Theatre Festival in Romania. She is currently studying for an MA in Performance at Leeds Beckett University.

Entry Requirements

You will normally require one of the following: A BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing arts or two A Levels with a minimum of 64 UCAS points. As will those wishing to formalise their experience, or to update skills, knowledge and understanding. Applicants need to have Level 2 English and Maths or be willing to undertake these at GCSE. This course positively encourages application from mature students without formal academic qualifications who have some sort of background in theatre or those who may be working in the industry or related areas. In addition to the above qualifications, selection is based on an interview and audition, details of which will be sent on application. Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Interview Process

Interview and audition with a specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

You will study a range of performance areas including: Text based Performance, Contemporary Theatre, Theatre in the Community and Acting for Recorded Media. These are linked to skills classes in Acting and Devising. Employability and Work in Context modules will allow you to develop an understanding of the performing arts industry and develop your own strategy for getting work in the profession.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

On successful completion of the course students will be awarded a Foundation Degree Acting Performance.

How is the course assessed?

Candidates will be assessed throughout the course by completing a personal development plan, portfolio, course work, presentation, written reviews, evaluations, self evaluations, case studies and a file of evidence.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Progression from this course is directly into employment, or on to more advanced study. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree will have the opportunity to progress to our one-year BA (Hons) Acting Performance (Top-Up) which is Subject to validation by the Open University. Alternatively you can opt to do their top-up year in a university. There are a wide variety of career options open to students completing this course. Besides conventional live and recorded media work undertaken by actors there are a range of opportunities in various kinds of community theatre, theatre in education and corporate work. This can include both "made" work, as well as working for established companies. In addition there are opportunities to utilise the skills acquired in areas such as youth work and similar specialised areas.

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Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 2B14
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours per week
  • Days: tbc
  • Start Time: tbc
  • End Time: tbc
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: £7000 per year. Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for further information. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Foundation Degree
  • Qualification Name: Foundation Degree Acting Performance
  • Awarding Body: Open University.

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