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Performing Arts (Acting) Level 3

This course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career or further study in drama or theatre. You will be engaged in projects throughout the two years which build and develop your skills and understanding of how drama and theatre operate in different contexts and for different audiences. The course includes aspects such as professional practices, arts in the community, acting techniques, vocal skills and physical theatre. The course will offer a range of performance projects that will be both devised and text based. You will explore several genres and styles of work, different influences and historical contexts as you work across a number of performance projects.

Exam Board: University of the Arts London (UAL)


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.

An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.

A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


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  • What will I study and learn?

    You will research many aspects of theatre; how theatre has been influenced and has influenced social and cultural contexts. You will study the theory of influential theatre practitioners and how their work informs theatre practice today. You will examine a range of styles and types of drama to develop your understanding of the art form.

    You will study different processes involved with the creation of drama and theatre with an aim to creating your experience of the craft of theatre. You will act, devise, rehearse and perform. You will create work for different audiences and different theatre spaces and work on small, short performance projects as well as full length plays.

    The course is taught by a qualified team with a wealth of professional performance experience. The teaching is through a range of formal classroom activities, trips, library research and through workshops and rehearsals. Students will keep a rigorous journal throughout the two years as well as undertaking written projects throughout the course.

  • How is the course assessed?

    At the end of the first year you will have your progress reviewed to ascertain your suitability for completing the qualification.

    The qualification is assessed over 18 units over 2 years (a combination of written work, workshops and performance). The course is continually assessed. Some projects are student and staff assessed on criteria set out at the start of the project and some units are externally assessed. You must attend regularly and punctually, achieving at least a pass to achieve the qualification. Students are awarded pass, merit or distinction, according to their achievement.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need to be a dynamic, empathetic, generous person who is prepared to take risks. You will need to be able to integrate with a range of people and their different ideas. Working together as group is a vital part of development as a team and as individuals.

    The course is a practical exploration that requires commitment, discipline and never ending energy. You will be expected to give up some evenings, occasional weekends and be willing to take part in extra rehearsals!

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum Requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English and Drama at grade 4.


    Level 2 qualification at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English at grade 4.

    You will be invited to attend an audition.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    You can progress to university or drama school to study a performance related subject. Some students go directly into professional work.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    The course requires a number of theatre visits and play texts. You will be required to pay a studio fee of £90 at enrollment in order to cover these costs.

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