Level 3 Course


Extended Diploma in Performing Arts


Two Years – Full time

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Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths, or a full Level 2 qualification with a merit profile and grades 9-4 in GCSE English and Maths.


The Extended Diploma in Performing Arts allows you to choose a unique pathway which is tailored to your existing skills and those you wish to develop further. This course will appeal to talented and versatile performers who wish to study on a flexible study programme to suit their own individual requirements. This is a highly practical programme which allows for study over a variety of disciplines.

The course includes:

Musical theatre
Technical theatre

Acting units will focus on works by different practitioners, including Brecht, Stanislavski, Berkoff, and Shakespeare, as well as the application of techniques such as physical theatre, voice-over acting, devising and interpreting texts, commedia dell’arte, and character development. You will also train in directing performances, for those who wish to create their own company.

Musical units will examine vocal anatomy, solo and ensemble singing, and voice training techniques. A variety of musical styles are performed throughout the year, and you will have the opportunity to enter into graded singing examinations for the London College of Music.

Dance units will combine classes with our highly successful dance course, focusing on contemporary and jazz dance, drawing on the techniques of Bob Fosse and Martha Graham.

Technical theatre routes can also be explored within this course, with students learning the processes of stage management, lighting and sound operation.

Next Steps

Previous students have gone on to study at Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Chichester, University of Bath and the Northern School of Ballet.

For further assistance or speak to an adviser please call 01329 815 200