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

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Course Description

Have you always dreamed about being in show business? Whether you’ve got your sights set on a career behind the curtain or in front of the bright lights, then you would be perfect to study our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

This course is taught at our Middleton Campus in Greater Manchester. It’s here where you’ll find our dazzling Hopwood Theatre – which is exactly the place to prove just how bright your star can shine.

You’ll be guided through the theory and practical elements of the course by our expert tutors. These individuals have years of experience in the industry and have been a part of some of the biggest and most successful shows in the country.

The tutors are more than happy to share their expertise as you hone your own skills in Performing Arts. You won’t have to wait long for your opportunity to show off your new skillset either as you take part in multiple in-house productions each year.

This Level 3 Acting course is our most advanced pathway and is a brilliant way of honing your craft as you study the most broad and intricate topics over the space of two years. By the end of it you’ll have a thorough understanding of the industry and have developed your talent considerably.

This course will open many doors for you. Once you’ve finished it you might choose to study Higher Education at University, progress onto an institution dedicated solely to Performing Arts, or even start seeking exciting career opportunities.

*This course is taught at our Middleton Campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above to include English and Maths
  • or a Level 2 qualification

If you have not attained GCSE grades 4-9 in English and Maths you will automatically be enrolled in classes to work towards these qualifications


You'll study a wide range of units which are designed to give you the perfect foundation for a career in Performing Arts.

The following elements will provide you with a strong portfolio of evidence to allow you to enter the industry:

  • 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

You will have the exciting opportunity to undertake work experience, with a requirement to complete a minimum of 36 hours experience related to your learning.

We are proud to work with a number of reputable employers and performance companies, meaning we can assist you in getting the most desirable placements. However, you will also be able to arrange your own work experience if you prefer.


There will be world of opportunity for you to seize upon completion of this course. The most common routes for students include:

  • University to study Higher Education
  • Joining an institution dedicated solely to Performing Arts
  • Starting your career in the industry
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