Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma

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In this course you will gain skills in theatre performance and acting for film and TV

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

  • acting
  • voice
  • dance
  • devising theatre
  • movement
  • script writing
  • business and employment in performing arts
  • stage management
  • lighting and sound

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

Projects include musical theatre, physical theatre and contemporary theatre in year one. In year two you will tour a performance, have the option to specialise, and finally perform your end-of-year show in a professional venue.

Our professional links include:

  • Artists in residence - IMPLEXA Dance Company - who work directly with our students on all aspects of running a touring company and offer work opportunities and internships on current shows
  • The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, who take our students on weekly internships and work experience. Students learn from professionals in marketing, technical theatre, box office, youth theatre workshop leading, theatre administration and more.

We also give our students the academic input needed for high-level success, combined with producing multiple, assessed shows of their own throughout the course.


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

5 or more GCSEs including English and maths grades A*–C (grade 4–9) or BTEC Level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSEs in English and maths at grade C/4 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 internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.