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Performing & Production Arts (Acting) Extended Diploma Level 3

Subject Area
Performance & Production
Start Date
September 2022
Study Mode
2 Years
Level 3

This course is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in acting or who are aiming to progress on to an acting/performing related university degree or to attend a drama school or conservatoire.

The Extended Diploma is a very practical course. You will study a wide variety of acting styles, genres and practitioners. You will be taught by industry professionals and experienced performing arts teachers who have knowledge, experience and excellent partnerships with organisations such as The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and York Theatre Royal that will develop your ability and further your opportunities and career.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 or 5 subjects at grade 4 or above including English and/or Maths. Please note a relevant Level 2 Diploma will also be considered as part of the entry requirement.

As well as the general entry requirements for Vocational Level 3 courses, you will be required to attend an audition to demonstrate your performing arts skills and discuss your interest in the subject.

What will I study?

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Principals of Performance
  • Engaging with an Audience
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Critical and Contextual Awareness
  • Production Skills and Context
  • Performance Skills and Context
  • Preparation for Specialist Study
  • Collaborative Performance Project
  • Developing Performance and Production Skills
  • Preparing for Progression
  • Exploration of Specialist Study and Context
  • Extended Project

Additional costs
There is a student contribution of £65 which goes towards some trips, visiting speakers, workshops and additional equipment during the course. You will be expected to have rehearsal clothing/kit. This will be confirmed at your enrolment.

Method of delivery

You will typically be in College three days per week. All units will be taught in a classroom/workshop environment.

How will I be assessed?

Over the two years of the course you will be assessed on a wide range of projects. The course is split 70% practical work and 30% written work. The course assessments are practical and performance related with an emphasis on personal reflection, analysis and research.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

An Extended Diploma in Acting, equivalent to three A Levels, can lead to further study in acting, theatre, drama, performing arts, and production arts, either at university or at a specialist college or conservatoire. This qualification is designed to lead to a career within the performing arts industry, be that in the field of practical performance, directing, writing, education or backstage.

Previous students have secured places at:

  • ALRA
  • Arden School of Theatre
  • Birmingham School of Theatre
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • East 15
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Manchester School of Theatre
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Rose Bruford
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • LIPA
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