Galway Community College
Further Education

Acting & Theatre Performance

Acting & Theatre Performance


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M5163

Co-ordinator: Lorraine O'Hara


Course Outline

This Acting & Theatre Performance PLC course is designed to provide professional training to enable the student with strong acting techniques and performance skills to pursue a career in theatre, television and film, or continue to further education at third level.

The course has numerous unique features; specialised acting & vocal workshops, guaranteed acting roles in films & links with casting agencies, theatre visits, many public theatre performance opportunities in established professional Galway theatre venues one of which being An Taibhdhearc Theatre.

Students are equipped with the knowledge, insight and technique they need to meet the demands of the acting profession, while developing students’ experience and knowledge in other various Theatre roles from Stage Managers, Directors, Administrators enabling them to contribute intellectually & creatively and at the highest levels of the profession.

This course is highly practical; physical, emotional and creative abilities are stretched through rigorous acting workshop training and public productions.



€175 Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

€40 Materials Fee

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year where students gain the opportunity to study and master acting techniques and performance skills in the theatre, television and film sectors.

Special Features

Specialised acting & vocal workshops from professional practitioners.
Guaranteed Acting roles in films & links with casting agencies.
Enjoy weekly theatre visits & guests
Numerous public theatre performance opportunities in established professional venues such as Nuns Island Theatre & Druid Lane Theatre, Galway.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Feb 06
Bank Holiday - College Closed
Feb 13
Mid Term Break
Mar 17
College Closed
Apr 03
Easter Holidays
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