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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


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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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.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, "Arrival". 


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 CV. 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

Minimimum of 4 GCSEs including English Language and preferably maths at grade 4 or above ( A*-C ), or a UAL/BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a Merit profile.


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.