A UK college is launching an X Factor audition offering pop wannabes training and tips on how to follow James Arthur, Little Mix and Matt Cardle into the fleeting limelight.

Technical tuition in singing, performing and “projecting confidence” will be offered in the 17-week programme which is being lead by a former Emmerdale actress at Bishop Auckland College in Co Durham.

There are 40 places available and the cost is £95 each for the course which starts next week and is partly funded by the UK government.

“I wanted to run a course which prepared people for X Factor auditions and similar competitions across the country,” organiser Mike Jinks says on the college's website.

“Many applicants have talent but need to work on key things such as their singing technique and confidence. People auditioning also need to know X Factor winners don’t just walk in there blind.

"It is not about just wandering in, singing a song and you’re famous. Most applicants have been doing the rounds for years working really hard; it’s very rare that you get a Susan Boyle character.

"The course is 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."

Jinks says he got the idea for the course last summer when previous X Factor winners Joe McElderry and James Arthur played at the Bishop Auckland Music Festival.

The course will be lead by actress and performer Susan Harris, who has worked alongside Lenny Kravitz and has had TV roles including Davina Pike on Emmerdale during her 25 year career.

The course has no formal entry requirements other than "enthusiasm and motivation". On completion, students will qualify with an NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Music.

If that fails to get you to the final of X Factor, never fear - Bishop Auckland College also offers courses in “Nail Art” and cake decorating.

More information can be found at www.bacoll.ac.uk.