BTEC Professional Musical Theatre

This is a two-year practical training course during which you have the ability to achieve a qualification that is equivalent to two A-levels.

Here at Cowley Sixth Form College, we focus on the development and refinement of vocal, acting and dance skills and techniques preparing you for drama school and university training.


To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

Ideally, Drama, Dance or Music at Level 2 (GCSE or BTEC) will have already been studied, but this is not vital. However, it is essential that a student can demonstrate proficient performance and technical skills in at least two disciplines and that they are willing to develop skills in the third.

If you have an interest in singing, dancing and acting, and your dream is performing in musical theatre shows, then this is the course to help you develop your talents and realise your dreams.

You need energy, commitment and enthusiasm and in return you will learn about the history and context of the industry, perform in college productions and develop your vocal, physical and acting abilities. We attract students from St Helens, Liverpool and beyond, due to our success and reputation in this subject area.

All work is internally assessed. The course is mainly practical, but you will also undertake academic units and may support your practical studies with logs, essays and research projects.

Many of our students gain places at prestigious drama schools around the country such as LAMDA, Mountview, Arts Educational School London, Guildford School of Acting, Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College, Royal Welsh College and Urdang Academy.

Other students go on to study performing arts-related subjects at university.