Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Start (w/c): 02/09/2019 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Rhondda

Course Information

The Diploma in Performing Arts is a 1-year three AS Level equivalent course. This course is designed for those interested in acting, dance, and singing. It offers the chance to study for a nationally recognised Performing Arts qualification, which will allow you to develop a range of skills required for performance in the medium of theatre.

Regular visits to productions are undertaken. The course introduces a range of performance disciplines, which enables you to make a choice of a specialist pathway.

What Will I Learn?

The course is made up of eighteen units - five core units, which everyone takes, and specialist units.

Core Units: Performance Workshop; Performing Art; Performing Arts Business and Rehearsing Performing to an Audience.

Specialist Units include: Devising; Acting 1 & 2; Drama Improvisation; Theatre for Children; Contemporary Theatre Performance; Performing with Masks; Scriptwriting; Movement; Dance; Singing and Voice.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*- C including English/Welsh and Maths/Numeracy plus 3 AS-Levels at grade A*- C (one of which is media related) or a BTEC Level 3 Diploma at merit grade or above in a creative related subject.

You will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of your art/ design work. You will also be required to undertake an initial assessment in literacy and numeracy to establish any support required.


There is continuous assessment throughout the course for practical and written assignments. All units are internally assessed and externally moderated. On successful completion of this qualification an overall grade is given of Pass, Merit or Distinction.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Fees for Part time courses starting September 2019 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2019.

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Career Progression

  • Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education Institutes, (Universities and colleges) On successful completion of this course you could further your studies with a higher education course or employment.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Actor, entertainer or presenter

    Average salary: £26,501

  • Dancer or choreographer

    Average salary: £30,050

  • Musician

    Average salary: £30,401


Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

Entry Requirements

Entry does not depend on academic qualifications although some drama schools require candidates to have GCSEs/S grades or A levels/H grades or a degree. Entry can be based upon an audition. Membership of the appropriate trade union is usually required. NVQs/SVQs in performing arts are available.


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