The RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts - Acting 

is a bespoke acting course and provides learners with skills, knowledge and understanding within the sphere of the creative and performing arts. 


This Level 2 Qualification is a GCSE equivalent and is aimed at learners age 13 and above (school year 9+). There are no specific requirements for entry, although we encourage all students applying to have some experience within the creative and performing arts whether it be acting, singing or dance.


Throughout the course, students will work closely within the group to build their confidence, enhance their performance skills and learn to evaluate and analyse concepts relating to their studies.



The course explores the following skills through both modern and classic dramatic writing;


Analytic Skills 

  • Applying text analysis skills to the preparation of performance, underpinned by related vocal, physical & movement skills. 


Communication Skills 

  • Use of verbal & non-verbal communication in live performance (alone or with others), as appropriate

  • The capacity to constructively peer review the work of others 

  • The ability to analyse and assess own skills and personal aims 

  • The ability to assess and evaluate own work and develop strategies for improving own performance

  • The capacity to respond positively to tutor comments and evaluations 

  • The ability to assess and utilise peer evaluation 


Performing & Presentational Skills 

  • Approaches to the creation of character and conveyance of narrative in rest base drama work 

  • Ability to underpin well ‘realised’ use of dramatic text with appropriate and effective use of physical, movement and vocal techniques 

  • Awareness of any related Heath & Safety issues. 

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Students will study two units over the duration of the course; 

Unit 1: Live Performance 

Unit 2: Performing Text


Other optional units include; Acting for the camera, Vocal Techniques (Specific to Acting) & Working with masks & Puppetry


Within these units, students will apply a range of skills that will be of value to their further studies. Gaining basic understanding of concepts such as the nature of events, planning, repertoire, rehearsal schedules, health and safety, equipment and reviewing performances! 


The course takes place over 2.5 hours every Saturday during term time (1:00pm - 3:30pm) and consists of 5 terms. In the the second year, it may be necessary for students to complete a short coursework surgery intensive during the February Half Term.



The RSL Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts (Acting) is equivalent to a GCSE qualification. The qualification is split in to two assessments under differing exam conditions. The first includes a timed assessment under controlled conditions based on assignments set and marked by Rock School Limited. The remaining unit is set and assessed internally by the course leader. 


Learners must pass both units in order to be awarded the certificate. Within these assessments there are three bands P/M/D (pass, merit, distinction).


There is no written examination at the end of this course.


To apply, please download and complete the form below by 21st June 2021


Please note: Students must be in Year 9, 10 or 11 by September 2021


Applications can be sent and submitted to the below email address 


If you would prefer to submit your application by post, please use this address:

The Dorset Foundation College 

100-102 Cobham Road

Ferndown Industry Estate 


BH21 7PQ


Applications will be reviewed by the principal and acknowledged within 48 hours of submission.


If you have any questions please contact us on 01202 890707 or