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On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .

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L1 Diploma Performing Arts (BIPA) Level 1

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What will my course include?

This one-year programme is the perfect introduction for learners considering a career in the performing arts industry. You will develop performing arts skills while gaining self confidence in a positive and vibrant environment that feels very different from school. This course will cover a broad range of performing arts subjects, including drama, dance, musical theatre, and stagecraft. Throughout the course you will have opportunities to perform to the public.

Course Structure: Your course criteria will be covered in four creative and technical projects throughout your year. Each project will provide an opportunity for in-house or public performance during BIPA’s Autumn showcase season, Winter Public and Community show Season, BIPA’s Spring Multi Media Fest and our final Summer Show Season.

Project 1: Skills Project – Introduction to basic and essential performing arts skills.

Project 2: Winter Show – You will work on public performance, exploring a range of material from script work and choreography, solo singing and devised theatrical content.

Project 3: Skills Project 2 – In this project you will further develop core performing and production skills and put your techniques into a specialist context.

Final Major Project: You will develop a final performance which displays a culmination of all the work you have done over the year. Working on new material, you will create a public performance.

What do I need to join?

As well as having a keen interest in the subject area, learners will need to be committed, punctual and demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning and taking on new ideas and skills. Successful applicants should possess GCSEs at grade 1 or 2 in both English and Maths.

Get to know us: We have open days, interactive taster days and public performances throughout the year for you to come and see what we do, get involved and get inspired.

Find out more about our current Shows and Performances.

Getting onto a course: If you are interested in applying for one of our performing arts training routes, then you will be invited to a BIPA Experience Day where you will work with tutors, demonstrate your skills and talent and get a chance to meet others who share the same dream as you

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Maths & English

A key requirement for future progression and employment is a good understanding and application of knowledge and skills in both English and maths. Learners who are enrolled on this course will also, as part of their overall programme of study, be enrolled on either Functional Skills or GCSE programmes in English and Maths in order to progress towards gaining GCSE grade 4 in both subjects.

Work Experience

As part of your overall programme of study, learners will be required to undertake a period of work placement related to the field of employment they wish to enter. Our Work Placement Team will assist learners in gaining a placement and ensure that you are on track to achieve, whilst liaising with your course tutors to ensure that the opportunity to practice necessary employability skills is available at college.

What can I do next?

Learners who successfully complete will be eligible for progression onto a Level 2 programme of study or an apprenticeship in a related discipline.

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course information last updated: Friday 23rd February 2024 @ 8.03am (4 hours ago)

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