Expressions Programme

Foundation Learning
Entry Level

Exam Board: Laser

2 years

Course Content:

At Alton College on the Expressions Course you will:

  • Study the Performing Arts through practical lessons looking at all aspects including Dance, Drama and Music
  • Have the chance to develop your performance skills through live performance opportunities, working alongside other students at Alton College
  • Take part in workshops with teachers & students from Laine Theatre Arts
  • Have the opportunity to develop your working skills through a supported work experience placement, preparing you for a more independent life
  • Develop your independent life skills
  • Have the opportunity to learn about environmental issues and accessing leisure facilities as well as conduct at work
  • Undertake a one day a week work placement to develop your employability skills

Studying at Alton College:

You will be taught by a small team of teachers and most classes will be supported by Learning Support Assistants.  You will complete assignments to gain the credits you need to obtain the qualification.  The assessments will consist of some written work but also require you to complete practical tasks.  You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you will monitor your progress and set your own learning targets.

As part of the course students will be involved in various productions/performances demonstrating the skills they have developed during their time on the course.  This will mean that, on occasion, students will be required to work ‘unsociable’ hours due to evening performances or work experience in theatres.

Entry requirements:

No formal qualifications or previous experience is required, but a good attitude to learning is important, as is a keen interest in the performing arts.

Course costs:

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery required for lessons.

Any further costs are outlined below:

Compulsory: Course uniform - £40

Advisable: Trips throughout the year from £20 each

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 After completing this course:

Having successfully completed the Expressions Programme students have progressed onto other courses within the Foundation Learning department. Students have also found this course a great gateway to different FE courses at a variety of other establishments.

The course allows students to develop their knowledge and experience of the working world and has resulted in some students gaining employment opportunities from their work placement.