Expressions Programme

Foundation Learning
Entry Level


1 year

What is the Expressions Programme?

The Expressions Programme is a one year full-time programme of studies for students who would like to continue with their studies but focus on areas of the performing arts.  As well as experiencing lessons in drama, dance and music, students will develop their independent life skills and abilities in English and Maths.  Students will also have the chance to study topics such as Accessing Community Facilities and Rights & Responsibilities.  They will have the opportunity to develop their working skills through a supported work experience placement, preparing the students for a more independent life.  Each student will work at a level suited to their ability.

Is the Expressions Programme suitable for me?

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.

Some students have to travel by bus to college and they found the college day much longer than a school one. This takes a little while to get used to and can mean they are tired in the early part of the course.

How will I learn?

Class sizes will be small as will the team of lecturers who will teach you.  All classes will also be helped by a learning support assistant.  You will regularly spend time with your tutor where you can monitor your progress and agree your own learning targets.

Entry requirements

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

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, pens and pencils, stationery, USB sticks and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential: Each student will be expected to purchase an Expressions Programme uniform (£TBC).

Desirable: Trips and visits cost approximately £50 a year.

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.



You will be given lots of advice on what options are available to you upon successful completion of the course.  This may include further study at Alton College or at another education provider.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be continuously marked and placed in a portfolio for when you are ready to claim your qualifications. Assessments will take the form of practical work as well as written assignments.