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If you have a passion for performing arts and also want to discover how your skills can play more of a role than just on stage, our Applied Theatre qualification provides you with the practical skills to enrich, inform and transform the lives of others through performance.

As the only Key Stage 5 course in the UK designed specifically to build skills in community arts delivery, you will train in areas such as theatre in education, teaching, facilitation, movement, singing and acting. You will also learn how to use the arts to explore a range of social topics and engage with the community. You will develop your skills as a professional, learning how to communicate with external clients and coordinate events.

This unique, creative and energetic course is a great way to develop your performance and teaching skills as an artist as well as give back to the community.

Watch for yourself this short video for a deep dive into the Applied Theatre formally called Community Arts.


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Course Information

Available only if you are aged 16 or over, you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at the end of your course, which is the equivalent to three A Levels.

How Do I Apply

Please answer these questions online:


Give an example of an activity or project that you were involved in that was carried out as part of a team and that you were particularly proud of.


What do you think makes you a suitable candidate for the course?


How do you think being involved in a performing arts project could enrich the life of someone who has not had the opportunity to be involved in the arts before?


If you could create your own community arts project, what would it be and who would it be aimed at?

Student Experience

The Community Arts Practice course works with a range of partners including Chickenshed Theatre, Crisis, MIND, Age UK and SLiDE Dance Company developing projects both for and with these groups. Each year students perform as part of the national Shakespeare Schools Festival week and have recently taken part in training to become ‘Dementia Friends’ in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society.  Students have also had the opportunity to travel and deliver community arts works internationally in and around Europe as well as India.

Most recently students have worked in partnership with Croydon Police, touring a piece of theatre as part of their work on preventing knife crime in the area. The performance has toured for 13 weeks to 22 local secondary schools.

What Qualities Do I Need?

A passion for the arts is vital, as is a keen interest in working with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds. You will also need to be highly committed, passionate and responsible as this course requires you to work and study outside of school.

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