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Development Centres

York College is unique in offering a bespoke programme of study for talented students in three different Development Centres; the Sport Development Centre, the Music Development Centre and the Performing Arts Development Centre.

Each Development Centre provides specialist training for students wishing to pursue higher education courses and careers in these subjects:


Music Development Centre

The Music Development Centre is only open to students wishing to follow either an A Level or Vocational Qualification in Music. It is particularly suitable for talented musicians aged between 16 and 19 years. All students will be asked to audition for the Development Centre. This specialist education with high quality music tuition is for students wishing to pursue a career in music or aiming to progress onto a music-related university degree/conservatoire.

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Performing Arts Development Centre

The Performing Arts Development Centre is a bespoke programme of study for high-achieving students aiming to progress to a drama school, conservatoire or a top university. Students will join the Media and Performing Arts Division, recently graded as Outstanding by Ofsted. The programme is designed to challenge students, maximising their employment skills and career opportunities. Students will undertake an Extended Diploma in a specialist subject area as well as a relevant A Level or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Students will also attend additional skills classes and benefit from work experience organised by the College.

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Sports Development Centre

The Sports Development Centre is available to talented players aged between 16 and 19 years. Students will follow a full-time education programme across the range of A Level and Vocational courses available at York College, as well as receiving expert coaching in their chosen sport. All students will take part in trials; these will take place around Easter.

Successful involvement in any of the Sports Development Centre programmes will provide opportunities to progress into: careers in professional/semi-professional sport (this is only for those who show exceptional development), coaching, refereeing, work in sport and recreation, further and higher education available at York College, and overseas coaching and possible scholarships.

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