Musical Theatre Foundation Year

Interested in a career in the Performing Arts – Dance, Drama and Singing?

Aims of the Course

Pattisons Musical Theatre Course prepares students aged 16+ for careers both as performers and teachers. We recognise that the commercial theatre demands an all round training to enable students to enter their chosen profession with the necessary skills and qualifications in dance, drama and singing.

Foundation Course

Pattisons has been established for more than eighty years so we understand the needs and requirements for students wishing to pursue a career in Performing Arts.

The aim of the one year Foundation Course is to introduce the student to the first level of preparing for a professional career in Performing Arts. They will study dance; drama and singing with opportunities to perform at various times throughout the year and prepare for examinations offering Level 3 Qualifications (30-40 UCAS points) which can be used towards gaining a place at the University of the student’s choosing.

As per the DfE requirements, pupils under the age of 17 must have a Grade C in English and Maths GCSE. It may be possible to retake Maths if a Grade D has been awarded.

Auditions held annually

If you would like to be considered for a place on these courses either contact the office or download and complete the registration form and post or email it to us. An audition registration form can be downloaded from the links on the left.

In addition to a completed audition registration form we will require:
  • a recording of the candidate  dancing for between 1 & 2 minutes in their favoured style and choreographed by them.
  • a recording of a poetry / prose recital of their own choice of one minute in length.

Successful applicants at this stage will then be invited to attend an individual audition in the studios at a convenient date. This will also give the applicant the opportunity to ask further questions and discuss their desired career pathway.

Foundation Course FAQs

The classes will be taught by qualified and experienced teachers, including official adjudicators of the British Federation, IDTA Theatre examiners. RAD ballet examiners and West End Performers.

At the end of each term there will be an assessment on the work covered to date in the core subjects, Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Theatrecraft. There will be the opportunity to take examinations towards the end of the academic year; these will be at an additional cost set by the IDTA.

The College has a set uniform for students and this must be pre- ordered.

On successful completion of the Foundation Course, students may continue for a second and/or third year of the Musical Theatre Course at Pattison.

Yes, students are encouraged to take external examinations both as performers and where the necessary standards have been achieved, as teachers in recognised examination boards.

In a well established theatre school like Pattison, there is ample opportunity for the enthusiastic student teacher to assist in various activities with younger pupils – show rehearsals, examination sessions, performing arts workshops etc. Invaluable experience in the preparation for teaching qualifications is gained by assisting in classes with younger pupils at the Coventry studios, throughout the week at lunchtimes, after school and on Saturdays.

All students are given the opportunity to participate in various productions staged at the College or the local theatre, thus enabling them to gain performance experience.

Excellent! We have many successful past students who have performed and are performing in the West End, on television, films, cruise ships such as the Queen Mary 2, all over the world!

Former Pattison students regularly appear in West End Productions and indeed worldwide. In Cabaret work at the Lido, the Moulin Rouge, Japan, Canada and America as well as in the ever expanding cruise lines business, Pattison students abound!

Experience Day/Audition Registration form

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“A family run theatre school which offers all the opportunities of a London establishment, but with a personal approach which I think is unique”
Richard Armitage
Former student