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Level 3 Diploma / Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (UAL)

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,882*
  • Duration of course 72 weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The course is delivered as two one-year programmes:

Year 1 – Diploma

Year 2 – Extended Diploma

Students are expected to satisfactorily complete the Diploma programme in order to progress onto the Extended Diploma in the second year

Areas of study include:

·       Acting

·       Dance

·       Singing

·       Devising

·       Scripted plays

·       Directing

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

·       Higher Education courses and Drama/Dance school.

·       UCAS applications to HE institutions to study HND/HNC, Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) courses   or to develop possible career opportunities in the performing arts industry, including arts      management / administration and the education sector.

·       Independent applications (usually through audition) for Drama School/Dance/Performing Arts HE   Academies not part of the UCAS process.

·       Apprenticeships programmes within the Creative and Cultural Sector, subject to successful   applications

How will I learn?


You will learn through a variety of practical techniques classes, practical workshops, group seminars and lectures.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations. Practical assessment will include some public performances but also in-class presentation and workshop assessment.      

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.

2 – 5 hours per week of independent learning

In addition to your coursework there will be regular opportunity for you to watch performances at professional theatres, participate in additional workshops and attend talks from visiting artists.

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

You will be aged between 16 and 19 at the beginning of the course and have:

  • Outstanding behaviour
  • Good level of written English
  • Confidence and willingness to perform in front of others
  • Excellent attendance and time-keeping
  • Ability to listen to the ideas of others
  • Willingness to contribute ideas
  • Able to learn lines and follow instructions
  • Creativity and imagination (nothing is impossible)
  • Be willing to take risks
  • Excellent research skills
  • Good organisation
  • The ability to have FUN!

To be a successful applicant to our programmes in Performing Arts you should have the following qualifications:

  • You will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language
  • A Level 2 qualification at Merit or above with Functional Skills Literacy qualification at Level 2
  • At interview / audition you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to this area of work.
  • You will take an Initial Assessment at interview, which you will need to pass at Level 2 to gain access to the course.
  • All courses are subject to a successful and positive reference from a previous tutor or employer.

Expected prior knowledge

You will have some experience of the performing arts, whether through school / college or amateur dramatics. Your preference might be to sing, dance or act, but you will be open to learning about all three disciplines.

English level

GCSE Grade C or above

Mathematics level

Level 2 Maths is desirable, but not essential.

Equipment and other costs

You will be required to have appropriate clothing for practical classes (which will be discussed at enrolment). It is also advisable to have a pair of jazz shoes / appropriate indoor shoes for practical work.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.


* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.