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Performing Arts and Music


Offered at

Rotherham College

Have a passion for performance and entertainment? We can help you gain the skills you need for a career in the creative industries at Rotherham College (also part of the RNN Group).

Whether you’re looking to experience the buzz and adrenaline of opening night as the lights go up, or playing a roof-raising concert of live music to a sold-out audience, Rotherham College is the perfect place to start a creative career in music or acting.

We have some of the finest equipment in the industry allowing you to explore a range of acting techniques and audition for roles, big or small, to provide the experience you need to progress in the industry. You can also learn about the promotion and organisation side of performances gaining experience with live events whilst learning.

We offer a range of courses in acting, dancing, music technology, music performance, and theatre, acting and performance. Careers following on from these courses could be as an Actor, Choreographer or Live events Manager, amongst many more.

Your Pathways

  • Level 1

    Performance Industries

  • Level 2

    Performing Arts

  • Level 3

    Performing Arts: Acting
    Performing Arts: Dance and Musical Theatre
    Performing Arts: Performance Music Performance
    Music Production and Technology

  • Level 4/5/6

    BA (Hons) in Popular Music Performance and Production
    BA (Hons) in Theatre, Acting and Performance


The performing arts sector is ideal for those who enjoy performing, have a creative flair and have confidence to express their personality.

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Average salary - £34,900*

Choreographers design sequences of steps and movements, direct and lead rehearsals and devise classical and contemporary dance routines.

Day-to-day tasks:

Turning ideas into steps, fitting movements to music, working with producers, customer designers and musical directors, selecting music and auditioning and rehearsing dancers.**

Working environments:

Film studios, theatres, creative studios or TV studios.

*EMSI 2021 **


Average salary - £45,300*

Musicians and singers write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Day-to-day tasks:

Learning and rehearsing music, preparing and attending auditions, looking after your voice and instrument, setting up your instrument ready for performing and performing at concert, or on film, TV or radio recordings.**

Working environments:

Music venues, theatres, recording studios or film sets.

*EMSI 2021 **

In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the performing arts and music sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Management
  • Detail Orientated
  • Planning
  • Enthusiasm

What our students say

“I enjoy coming into College, because I can socialise with my friends and learn about the key skills that I’ll need for a career in Education and Childcare.”

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones Level 2 Education and Childcare Services

“I want to go on to study at University and become a Paramedic. This course helps me prepare for that next step and I get to learn in a friendly and fun environment.”

Ryan Lebeter
Ryan Lebeter Level 2 - Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

“My aim is to become a professional welder and fabricator. The Fabrication and Welding course at North Notts College helps me develop my skills in trade techniques and teaches me to use specialised tools and equipment.”

Ethan Davis
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