Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Reading College’s performing arts course is unlike any other in the country. You will join Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, which is a partnership with Reading’s professional theatre company: Reading Rep.

If you are looking to go to drama school, work as a theatre professional, or go to university to study in the arts, then this is the course for you. You won’t be learning in a classroom, you will be working as a professional company of artists and staging numerous productions open to the public. You will be taught by leading industry experts, as well as highly qualified academic staff, to ensure that you receive a fully rounded experience and are prepared for life in the industry. This is much more than a qualification, this is an opportunity to train with a professional theatre company.

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

During the first year of the programme, students will work towards a Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. Successful students will be able to progress onto the second year of the programme where they will work towards either a Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (equivalent to three A-levels).

The opportunity to work with Reading Rep will improve your chances of getting into drama school, and enhance your CVs. It will also provide you with references from professional practitioners.

You will be in an excellent position to progress to a job in the industry (creative, production, community, administration) at an introductory level. Alternatively, you could undertake: a Foundation Degree or a degree level course at university.


How I'll learn

You will learn what it takes to work in the theatre industry. You will be working with professionals and treated as professionals. There are many careers in the performing arts; not just onstage but back stage too. You will learn to develop your voice and speech, your body and movement, to enhance your creativity and succeed in any avenue you choose to pursue. You will also train with a professional company on various productions throughout the year, not just using our industry-standard facilities, but in the community too.

You will see, experience and shadow theatre professionals at work. 


How I'll be assessed

You won’t be learning in a classroom, you will be working as a professional company of artists and staging numerous productions open to the public.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs including English Language and Maths at grades A*–C (grade 4 or above) or a Functional Skills Level 2, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a Merit profile with Functional Skills Level 2.

A satisfactory reference is required. Applicants will be asked to attend and successfully complete an interview and workshop audition.


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.