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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts - Acting Performance Year 1

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Course Description

The level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts has been designed to incorporate a strong element of collaborative and vocational learning to provide students with the understanding, knowledge and skills identified as necessary for future progression and employment within the industry.

Emphasis is placed on providing an experience which draws on the realities of the performing arts industry, with students being treated as young professionals and encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. The two year course is made up of 12 units and the majority are linked together to provide the learner with assessments that are based on real-life scenarios and industry experience.

Topics covered on the course:

  • Acting technique and performance
  • Dance technique and performance
  • Producing and directing a performance
  • Community theatre
  • Production roles and technical theatre
  • Creating and directing live performance
  • Choreography techniques
  • Script writing
  • Project management

Students gain works experience through taking part in the 4 in-house shows and are given industry based opportunities such as performing in the Media Student’s work and placements within the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Students also write, devise and produce their own original work which also contributes to industry based experience.

Upon completion of this course, students can progress onto university courses, gain an agent, acting/ dance school or become a freelance performing artist.


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English and Mathematics. BTEC Level 2 qualification, NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2


This course is taught by a mix of practical sessions, performance rehearsals and classroom teaching, ensuring students are given sufficient knowledge to use during performances.

Students will be expected to attend college 9pm-5pm three days a week. To be successful on this course it is essential that you have good attendance and punctuality. You must also be motivated, committed and enthusiastic as you will be expected to develop a range of skills that will celebrate and nurture the potential in Performing Arts and Dance.

Topics on this course include:

  • Extended dance technique and performance
  • Extended acting technique and performance
  • Physical theatre
  • Performing in the community
  • Communicating with an audience
  • Staging a performance
  • Contextual research
  • Technical theatre
  • Producing a performance
  • Make-up for performance
  • Devising performance
  • Choreography for live performance

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required or undertaken for this course however there is a strong physical, practical element and you will get the opportunity to perform in productions in our Hopwood Theatre.


Upon completion of this course, students can undertake an internal progression onto Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or Dance. Students can also go on to Higher Education, HNC/HND in Performing Arts, Drama School, Dance School or employment.

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