Foundation Year - Level 2

This Course will provide you with excellent training in all the aspects of Performing Arts that you will need for progression to Level 3 and help you to decide which Pathway would suit you best. We run a public season of events with 9 major projects/productions per year, plus termly and one-off events.  Plenty of opportunity to put your training into practice and hone your performance or production skills!

What will I do?

Technique classes in Acting, Improvisation, Ballet, Jazz, Audition Prep, Vocal Ensemble and Production Arts Theory will focus on your knowledge, skills and technique development.

Daily rehearsals for our public Season of events will keep you working on exciting productions all year round, whilst also focusing on rehearsal etiquette, Director’s language, and collaborating with a team.

All students are given equal opportunity when auditioning for the Season shows, regardless of what level or pathway they are on, and all assessed work completed on your digital portfolio relates to that show.

We pride ourselves on producing work of a very high quality and instil professional behaviours in every aspect of the course, to ensure you are as well prepared as you can be for the next stage in your training.

What can I do next?

Through your training on the Level 2 Foundation Year, you will be in a perfect position to apply to audition/interview for one of our Level 3 Pathways in Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre or Production Arts, to study further.

Is it for me?

Our Foundation Year is for students who feel an extra year of training would really help them build their confidence, skills and knowledge. Whilst all our courses are very practical, they are also academically demanding, so some students feel the extra year working at level 2, prior to progressing to Level 3 will help them to build their academic skills to the appropriate standard required. The entry requirements for Level 2 are lower than for Level 3.

The course is for students with a passion for performing, who are dedicated, hardworking and enthusiastic. Conservatoire EAST is currently the only place for 16+ students to train in this region, where staff come from industry. This course is 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, plus shows during evenings and weekends. If you are prepared to put the time in, listen and implement the feedback from the incredible team of staff you will have around you, we will do our best to get you up to the standard you need to be, to succeed at the next level.


The Creative Industries are booming, bringing more money into the UK economy than Manufacturing or Engineering (, 2020) and there are numerous varied career opportunities. These include but are not limited to the West End, touring theatre, regional theatre, community theatre, cruise ships, hotels, theme parks, not to mention a wealth of opportunities in film and TV, with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV and Disney+.

Apply online on West Suffolk College Admissions Portal
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1 year