We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Performing Arts, including Acting, at Andover College is like. Scroll down to have a look through at our current outstanding students in full swing. If you have applied for full time Performing Arts then try your hand at the Musical theatre Challenge, or, if you have applied for Acting you should have a go at recording yourself performing a Shakespearean sonnet.  

We would love to see your ideas and results and any videos you have showing your talent so please send them back to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with Performing Arts or Acting as the subject heading !  

Check out the pictures of all the trips and extra-curriculum activities our students get to experience along with all the help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

New Activity!

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Performing Arts: Musical theatre Challenge!

You will need to learn a short song, piece of movement and a short part of the script for the attached musical - see the Word documents below. We have included both the male and female parts, however, feel free to challenge yourself with either gender role!  

When you have completed this, record it and send it back to us so that we can see the amazing work you have completed. Try and put as much character and imagination into this as you can!

Acting: Shakespearean Sonnet 

Pick a Shakespearean sonnet of your choosing and record yourself performing this. Feel free to be as imaginative and creative as you wish! See below Sir Patrick Stewart has been recording daily sonnets on his Twitter here.

Have a look at past student examples for inspiration and be sure to send us your results! 

Additional Resources

Interested in learning more about the various topics you could study in September? Take a look at the various additional resources and activities below and let us know how you get on! 

There are a wide variety of organisations offering free online screenings of plays and theatre productions. Explore them at the links below: 

  • Show Must Go On – YouTube Channel with Andrew Lloyd Webbers Musicals. Changes every week - here. 
  • National Theatre YouTube – Different show every week - here.

Prefer to read? Here are some suggestions from the Performing Arts department! 

  • The Empty Space by Peter Brook
  • A History of Panto - here. 

Why not challenge yourself to read a new play or two of your choosing over the summer months? Let us know how you get on! 

Great activities to get you started before September:

  • Complete Induction Task

  • Work on your vocal technique – learn a new song and focus on the character within this.

  • Familiarise yourself with the style of performance in Pantomime

  • Watch a new musical

  • Read a new play

Theatre for Life: Lock down programme - here. 

The Open University has a variety of free courses available online in a range of subjects. Take a look at the full catalogue here. 

You might also want to get involved with the EtonX programmes. Please note these are paid for courses that your current school may already have access to. These are not essential so please only use them if you are able. 

Student work 

At Andover we are proud of our diverse range of styles and professional workshops that take place throughout the year. As a Performing Arts students you will develop your skills in acting, singing and dancing. Our expert lecturers will also help to prepare you for any auditions you may achieve when looking to take the next steps in your career. 


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Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? – Click below so you can join us in September!


Our Courses: 

Level 2 Performing Arts (1 Year) 

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts - Acting (1-2 Years) 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma in Performing Arts (1-2 Years)

BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (1-2 Years) 

Recommended Viewing

Recommended Viewing


  • Funny Girl
  • Rock of Ages
  • Grease live
  • Annie
  • West side story
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Dream girls
  • What about Dick
  • Burlesque
  • Glee

Disney +

  • Newsies
  • All the high school musicals
  • The sound of music
  • Mary Poppins
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Annie
  • La la land
  • Camp rock

Amazon Prime (some are paid)

  • Hairspray
  • The producers
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Guys and dolls
  • Little shop of horrors
  • Blood brothers (play)
  • Mama Mia
  • Oliver Twist
  • Billy Elliot
  • Jesus Christ Super star
  • Joseph and the amazing technicolor dream coat
  • Gypsy the musical
  • The greatest showman
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Rent
  • A chorus line
  • Cats
  • Les Miserables
  • Miss Saigon
  • Dream girls
  • Foot loose


  • Legally blonde the musical (pro-shot MTV)
  • Newsies
  • Seven brides for seven brothers
  • Hello dolly
  • Summer holiday
  • Fiddler on the roof
  • La la land
  • 9 to 5 The musical

The Old Vic 

The Old Vic has a huge collection of online resources available online. Take a look at what they have to offer here and especially look into the Education Hub spearheaded by Matt Smith and Claire Foy! Make sure you also keep an eye out for their Playcrush Podcast, premier episode airs on 25th May. 

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The Mayflower Online

The Mayflower Theatre Southampton has a host of activities to support your learning prior to September - here. 


Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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Regularly throughout the academic year the Department of Performing Arts produces a newsletter to all students across the college - check out the latest edition!