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    In another thread I posted about wanting to find a comprehensive course that would allow an adult beginner like myself to try out different aspects of the performing arts (such as dance, music, acting). In my search for such a course I came across this BTEC Music, Dance, and Drama qualification. It seems like what I am looking for, but I don't really understand where it leads to... do people first take an introductory diploma (level 1, I assume?) and progress on to the Level 2 (which is another 2 years?) then on to Level 3? That's a lot of time investment!

    I want to find a course that offers rigorous training in both dance and acting, something that would provide me with all the necessary tools to successfully applying to a good drama school... and I don't know how valued these courses are by top drama schools like LAMDA and RADA...

    Thanks!!
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    You needn't start at level one. All you need to do is audition for a Level 3 course and if you get in...you get in...most require that you GCSE english, maths, science C and above etccc.
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    No you dont have to start with level 1. I started with Level 2 without having attempted Level 1.
    Remember, it isnt necessarily 'dance' you will study in PA, its more movement in theatre
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    You can however take one that specialises in Musical Theatre, which combines Dancing and Singer plus some acting.

    You just need to look at each course content, for example my level 3 is PA (acting) ...however we do lots of singing and dancing aswell...not just 'movement in theatre'
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    (Original post by luke2008)
    You needn't start at level one. All you need to do is audition for a Level 3 course and if you get in...you get in...most require that you GCSE english, maths, science C and above etccc.
    Wow but I haven't got any acting experience whatsoever..
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    I wonder if it would be worth it to just take an A-level in Performing Arts or Drama? Are THEY any good?
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    at college they are more workshop based auditions...it doesn't matter if haven't experience...potiental is the key...and besides if you then didn't get in...you then could go for a lower level?

    A Level means you would only have quater the time the btec has...so you obviously can't cover everything...and deff not as in depth...in my experience A level tends to be less practical?...Drama at my college do 2 exam pieces...and one show to the public in 2 years...Performing Arts on the other hand do something like 12 over 2 years.
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    (Original post by luke2008)
    at college they are more workshop based auditions...it doesn't matter if haven't experience...potiental is the key...and besides if you then didn't get in...you then could go for a lower level?

    A Level means you would only have quater the time the btec has...so you obviously can't cover everything...and deff not as in depth...in my experience A level tends to be less practical?...Drama at my college do 2 exam pieces...and one show to the public in 2 years...Performing Arts on the other hand do something like 12 over 2 years.

    So it basically comes down to talent & potential then? Am I right in my understanding that drama is not as concerned with your qualifications on paper as other university courses? Could I get on to a university drama course even if I don't have the 'proper' qualifications like a BTEC certification, A-level in Drama/Performing Art, etc.?
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    Drama are more concerned as it is academic, however if for acting/performing arts they generally allow leeway, for example mature students, relevant experience etc,
 
 
 
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