You will benefit from a range of support as you progress through your studies. This will come from your tutors, from your learning coaches (who can help you access support for a range of needs, whether academic, practical, social or emotional) and from industry contacts with whom you might work.
In addition, if you have SEN or disabilities, you will have support from a dedicated Learning Support Coordinator. Your own personalised learning plan will help you to identify the best way our staff can work with you to achieve your ambitions, and regular feedback – both informal and formal, through Parents’ Evenings and written progress reports – will help you to stay on track.
When you join us, you will be assigned a Learning Coach, who will be your main contact for your day-to-day needs. You will meet with your Learning Coach and a small group of other students on a regular basis, but you will also benefit from regular individual tutorials, during which you can discuss your learning progress and other issues. Your Learning Coach will receive regular feedback from your subject teachers and will also monitor your attendance.
Tutors and industry contacts
Your tutors and industry professionals will also be important contacts and sources of support and guidance during your time with us. Providing you with regular feedback on your progress, they will teach and guide you towards achieving the vocational and professional goals you identify and will also provide information about careers and degree courses.
Careers and university advice
In addition to ongoing advice and support from tutors and industry professionals, we will also offer you a formal ‘Looking Forward’ programme, our own course dedicated to university choices, UCAS applications, work placements, job opportunities and internships. Regular events will ensure information is available to you and your parents on grants, loans and fees to support further study and on taking the first steps into work.
When you enrol, you will receive more information on how to join our elected Student Board, who will be actively involved in decision-making and will bring a student perspective to the overall organisation.
Assessment and reporting
Your course progress will be continually assessed throughout the two years of your BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Our communication with your parents/carer/guardian will be important to help you progress not only in your studies, but also as you develop as a young adult, becoming increasingly self-reliant, independent and motivated. Shortly after you begin your studies with us in September, we will hold an Information Evening for all parents and carers. In addition to termly progress reports, there will be a full written report in Years 12 and 13. We will also hold Parents’ Evenings in both years, at which you will be expected to attend with your parent/carer/guardian.
Students with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities
We welcome applications from everyone with a passion for the creative and performing arts - if you have particualr educational needs and/or a disability, you may wish to have an informal, confidential discussion with Amy Deane, our Inclusion Manager, before submitting your application.
A dedicated Learning Support Coordinator will be available to support you across a wide range of student needs – personal, academic, social, emotional, health and/or welfare related - and can be contacted any time after you have received your conditional offer of a place to join us. Any support requested will be in complete confidence – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
You will enjoy a wide range of opportunities to enrich your learning and professional development beyond your study programme. You will have the chance to:
- Contribute to the production of performances on various scales, such as internal performances or at an external performing arts venue or event
- Participate in masterclasses, seminars and workshops led by leading professionals who may also provide extended teaching for performance projects. This might involve you taking direction from a commercial dance choreographer or a West End director
- Engage in community arts productions and be involved with the wider community as an integral part of our activities
- Attend performances at LIPA and at other creative and performing venues across Liverpool
Experience of work
In addition to your studies, you will also be offered at least one week of work experience each year, in which placements will be arranged to complement areas related to your studies and/or career ambitions. These opportunities will give you valuable experience across a range of activities both within and outside your chosen discipline. We will also provide ongoing information and support to help you decide what to do when you leave us.