CentreS of excellence for

performing arts

If you were born to perform then our Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts will help you to gain the skills you’ll need to go on and add to Manchester’s rich musical and performing arts tradition. Whether you are an actor, singer, dancer or producer, you will be equipped with all the skills required to embark upon a successful career. 

You will learn from tutors who are still active in the business and also perform regularly for the public. You’ll be prepared for a career in this tough but exciting industry, while benefitting from our extraordinary performance spaces, state-of-the-art technology, and industry standard equipment.

Depending on your level of study you will also complete up to 2 weeks' work experience with one or more than one employer; this can either be completed in separate days throughout your course or in a single block.  You’ll also receive dedicated ‘employability’ sessions that will equip you with the skills that you’ll need to thrive in the workplace. 

When you complete your journey in our Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts you will have all the skills you need to be ‘work ready’ and the qualifications you need to take the next steps towards an amazing career. 

Available Courses

While studying at our Centre of Excellence you can obtain qualifications ranging from Entry Level and Level 3 certificates through to Extended Diplomas. If you haven’t already obtained a Grade 4 GCSE in English or maths you’ll also study to achieve this level of qualification, which is a mandatory requirement of your course and essential for many careers. 

In our Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts you’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gain work experience with industry leaders.

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Studying in our Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts, you will learn the skills that will turn you into a critically acclaimed performer. These range from acting, with an average income of £32,000 a year, to a choreographer, with an average income of £36,000. 


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. Our industry partner for Performing Arts is:

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Royal Exchange Theatre

Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, you need only step inside to begin a journey into the world of the Royal Exchange Theatre.


Explore our gallery. From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College.  

My tutors have given continuous support in the run up to auditions to ensure we perform to the best of our ability. They’ve also given us amazing opportunities to work with professionals within the industry. One of my highlights was performing at Manchester Arena with Jack Whitehall.
Connie Maguire.

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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you. Download the subject area guide. 

Find out more about performing arts, join us at our online event.

Join our online event to hear all about our Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts and hear from our talented tutors about the courses on offer.

You'll be taken through the entry requirements and audition process, which focus on ‘a place for everyone’, a current student will show you exactly where you’ll be starting your Performing Arts journey via a virtual tour of our fantastic performance spaces and facilities, a patron will share some first-hand industry expertise, and past Performing Arts students will tell you about their successes since studying with us. 

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