West Thames College London

Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts and Dance courses give you the skills for a career on stage or behind the scenes. Whether you study a BTEC Performing Arts course or a BTEC Dance course, you'll take part in workshops led by highly experienced teachers. Our Performing Arts courses have visits from guest directors and industry professionals.

Our dance studios and 140-seat Endeavour Theatre (with professional sound & lighting rig) make us one of the best colleges for performing arts in London.

Key Facts:

  • Visit and perform at prestigious West End venues, such as the Donmar Warehouse, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Sadler's Wells and the BBC Studios
  • Work experience opportunities at ATA Productions, Mardi Gras Promotions, StarEFX and more
  • Students have gone on to star in film, theatre and TV roles – including The Pillars of the Earth, Shameless, The Virgin Queen, Shaun of the Dead and Love Actually. Others have found work behind the scenes as technicians or in costume and makeup departments.

Performing Arts Courses

Full Time Courses
Foundation Performing Arts - BTEC Level 1 Certificate or Diploma Level 1
Performing Arts and Dance - BTEC Level 2 Diploma Level 2
Dance - BTEC Level 3 Diploma Level 3
Performing Arts (Acting) - BTEC Level 3 Diploma Level 3
Dance - Higher National Diploma (HND) Level 5
Performing Arts - Higher National Diploma (HND) Level 5




  1. Neil Reynolds

    Level 3 Performing Arts

    Neil Reynolds

    "We do a lot of different genres so we can do anything that's thrown at us. The course has really helped me with my comunication skills and with auditioning. In April I played a main role in a TV show called T BOY on London Live. It was my first major performance and the course really helped me and gave me the confidence to do it."

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Course Guide 2014-15


  1. Tristan Parkes

    Lecturer in Performing Arts

    Tristan Parkes

    Tristan Parkes was actively involved in the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and has been the musical director on a number of stage shows. He has strong working links with both the Donmar Theatre and the National Youth Theatre.


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