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Performing and Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 3


2 years


Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Our courses in Performing Arts prepare you for the real world of the industry and train you to be a versatile, confident and experienced performer.

Every term we work towards a new performance and have a busy schedule full of opportunities outside of college, trips and work experience opportunities.

Why choose Oxford City Stage and Screen?

Our students have worked with National Theatre Connections Oxford Lights Festival, Oxford Castle and Prison, Old Fire Station, Oxford Playhouse, Lift Off Festival at the Wilde Theatre Bracknell, Pineapple Dance Studios, BASE Dance Studios, Move It!, Disneyland Paris Performing Arts, the National Trust and we have a resident professional theatre company based at the college: Mandala Theatre Company.

Whether you want to be a professional actor, dancer, technician, stage manager or work within the industry, depending on your preferred specialism, we nurture your abilities and passions to cater the course to develop you as an individual and your attributes. 

With its focus on live performance and practical workshops, this course covers:

  • acting: modern, classical, improvisation, acting on film
  • musical theatre
  • dance: street dance, jazz, contemporary and ballet
  • devising theatre
  • physical theatre
  • audition preparation
  • business and employment in performing arts
  • backstage and production skills

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What I'll learn

In year one, projects will include acting, dance, contemporary theatre and musical theatre. 

In year two, you will be supported in the process of auditioning for drama school, dance college or university and create an individual showcase. You have the option to specialise, and finally perform your end-of-year show to a live audience.

We have performance opportunities, trips and extra workshops throughout the year. 


How I'll learn

Working in specialist facilities, you will take part in a number of workshops that introduce you to a broad range of the performing arts.

The work will develop through rehearsals to produce performances and you will learn how to create successful productions.


How I'll be assessed

Assessment takes place throughout the course, based on individual and group assignments, live performances and written work, with an element of external examination.


Entry Requirements

Five or more GCSEs including English and maths at grades 4 (C) or above, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above or Functional Skills at level 2. 

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an assessment.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.