Career Prospects

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Lighting Technician £15,000+
  • Musical Theatre Actor £420+ per week

You could go on to be an:

  • Experienced

    Choreographer £1,275+ per week

  • Stage Manager £17,000+

Source: National Careers Service

Performing Arts

Can you use speech and expression to bring characters to life?

Do you enjoy creating innovative dance routines for yourself and other performers?

If acting or performing is your real passion and you have a talent for entertaining people, then Shrewsbury College can help you realise your ambitions. Our highly practical and intensive courses range from GCSE to HND level and are enhanced through a balance of the three main disciplines of dance, acting and singing.

You’ll get a real feel for the Performing Arts industry through regular workshops from professionals, performances each term at professional venues and a visiting lecturer programme.

Our tutors are professionals who still work within the industry, providing help to achieve your goals in an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding atmosphere, developing your skills along the way. Our Musical Theatre lecturer, is one of the only vocal coaches in the area who works with the Estill Voice Model, helping students’ access and develop their vocal skills, whilst gaining an understanding of the bio mechanics of the human voice.

Trailer for Shrewsbury College's production of Guys and Dolls

Our part-time BTEC Certificate in Dance is aimed at anyone with an interest in developing their dance technique or for existing performing arts students looking to specialise in dance.

When you progress from Shrewsbury College you’ll be ready to continue study at a higher level or start one of many fascinating careers the performing arts industry offers, in areas such as acting, dancing, direction, production, stage management, choreography, costume and set design.

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GCSE & A Level Options

This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside GCSEs, A Levels and other qualifications.

Please find the Undergraduate Programme Specification for Edexcel Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts

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