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Performing Arts (Acting) Extended Diploma 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 AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.



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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 extended diploma.

    The extended diploma 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 diploma/certificate. 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?

    You will need:

    5 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English and drama at a minimum of grade C


    level 2 diploma at merit/distinction and GCSE English at grade C

    You will also need 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.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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