New course for X Factor hopefuls

A further education college in the north east has announced the first course designed specifically to help would-be stars to pass auditions for the leading ITV talent show.

Academics who used to question the value of vocational courses in subjects like media studies, photography and nail care may now have something new to worry about. Bishop Auckland College in County Durham claims to be the first college in the country to offer students the chance to prepare for the highly competitive auditions for the X Factor, The Telegraph reports.

Students on the 17 week part-time course will benefit from tuition in singing and performing, plus coaching on how to project themselves. The course, which ends just in time for the next round of auditions, costs £95 and will give successful students a NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Music.

Mike Jinks, head of Art, Music and Performing Arts at the college, said that many applicants for the X Factor have talent but need help with their singing technique: “The course is also about giving people real, transferable skills. The biggest thing they will get out of it is confidence, whether this is for a future singing audition or a job interview.” There are no formal entry requirements for the course, apart from enthusiasm and motivation.

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