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Evening &
Weekend Classes

70+ classes each week
For children, for young people, for adults

Sixth Form

Full Time Vocational training (16 - 19)
Equivalent to 3 A-Levels
Dance, Acting & Musical Theatre
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Arts1 was founded in 2006 by Principal Rebecca Carrington and Creative Director James Grimsey. Our award winning school is proud to be founded in Milton Keynes and our wonderful team of specialist teachers and coaches nurture the talents of over 500 young people and adults each week.


We have an incredible range of part-time classes for children, young people and adults that take place on weekdays after school and at the weekend.

Evening & Weekends

Take a look at our range of Performing Arts classes in Milton Keynes for young people and adults. Lessons for children and young performers aged 3 – 21.


Individual Coaching

Sixth Form Musical Theatre Course

Our Full-time Musical Theatre course is one of the UK’s finest, providing students with intensive training with outstanding teachers and industry professionals.

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Musical Theatre Course

Equivalent to 3 A-Levels and with an internationally recognised awarding body, the Musical Theatre course will prepare you for your next step in education or performance.  The highly experienced staff team work to develop our students into highly skilled triple threat performers.

The Musical Theatre course is taught by the most experienced team of coaches and industry experts in the area.   The Arts1 Sixth form has established itself as the regions leading provider of vocational post-16 education with student destinations at many of the UK's leading conservatoires and performing arts institutions.  The Musical Theatre course at Arts1 is unlike a standard BTEC taught in a school or college setting, it has several unique features including intensive contact hours and specialist delivery that give our students the edge in performance.


Each week we invite an industry figure to lead a workshop with the students, providing a real life insight into the professional world.

Tomorrow Is Coming
Bring Me To Life
Katie's Journey
Run Freedom Run
Arts1 School of Performance: Sixth Form Musical Theatre Course
Arts1 School of Performance: Sixth Form Musical Theatre Course
Arts1 School of Performance: Sixth Form Musical Theatre Course

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Open Days

Book into an open day to find out about our Sixth form courses and how they could be the next step in your performance training. The open day is for students wishing to find out more about our full time courses enrolling in September 2020.

Our performance courses at Arts1 provide two years of full-time training in fully equipped performance studios in Linford Wood, Milton Keynes.

Reserve a place

Entry Requirments

We are looking for students who demonstrate an academic ability to study at Level 3 and who have demonstrated commitment to their studies alongside their interest in the arts.

The ideal student would have a minimum of 4 GCSES at Level 4+ including GCSE English Language or Literature at Level 4 or above and GCSE Maths at Level 4 or above.

Students that are offered a place that do not meet the Maths or English criteria may have their place withdrawn or be required to attend additional sessions in Maths or English whilst training at Arts1.

Audition Process

  • One monologue from a published play, classical or contemporary (Max 2 minutes)
  • One solo musical theatre song (Max 2 minutes)
  • Dance workshop + Physiotherapist body check
  • Interview

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Apply for our Vocational Sixth Form courses in Dance, Acting or Musical Theatre. Once we receive your application you will be contacted with our next available audition date and the material you will need to prepare.

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Arts1 School of Performance: Emily Puttick Testimonial

Emily Puttick

Now studying at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

I would recommend Arts1 to anyone that is strongly considering a career in performing arts. Without the expert training from their teachers and staff I would not be where I am today.

Being part of the course meant being part of a family, I always felt completely supported in and out of lessons throughout the course and that still continues now.

I am currently training on the 1 year course at Fourth Monkey Actor Training company and will be starting a BA in Acting at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire this year.

Sixth Form Prospectus
Arts1 School of Performance: Sixth Form Prospectus

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