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Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 at Leeds City College

Course description

Course Maxim – To break new ground wherever possible.

Physical Theatre is now the most dynamic and innovative form of live theatre and continues to shift and evolve. This course is a practical training in the skills necessary to become an effective performer and practitioner in this ground breaking performance discipline. You will perfect your skills in acting, dance and circus to enable you to create the next wave of physical theatre. The course includes Contemporary Dance, Circus Acrobatics and Aerial, Singing, Physical Theatre and Acting. It also acts as a great introduction into site specific performance as most of the performances are in non-traditional theatre settings.

The course focuses on the practical skills of performance and the practitioners who have and continue to the Physical Theatre industry. The work is continually assessed through public performances, both in college and around the city of Leeds. The course aim is to develop professional triple threat performers with a top class work ethic.

The course prepares students in detail for university and drama school auditions by building a personal repertoire of material in the areas of dance, singing and acting. You will also have several opportunities to watch live performance work at national based theatres and work with a range of professionals from the industry.

Course content

On this course you will study:

You will complete a minimum of 18 units

Core Units:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Performing to an Audience

Specialist Units:

  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Circus Acrobatics
  • Circus Aerial
  • Developing Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Applying Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Exploring Contact Improvisation
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Principles of Acting
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Applying Physical Theatre
  • Choreographic Principles
  • Approaches to Directing for Theatre
  • Movement in Performance
  • Urban Dance (Poppin' and Lockin', Vogueing, Krumpin' and more)

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

5 GCSEs A*-C, including English. A level 2 First Diploma at Merit or above and including a GCSE grade C in English or a level 2 Functional Skill in English. An audition is compulsory for entrance onto this course, where you must prepare one Acting monologue of your choice and take part in a dance workshop’ plus fitness workout.

Warning: This course is extremely physical.


This Level 3 qualification is assessed via a combination of internal assessment, where tasks are set and marked by your tutors, and external assessment where tasks are set by BTEC and your response to them is marked by BTEC examiners.

Future opportunities

Our Physical Theatre graduates are currently in a range of continued education and employment including: Central School of Speech and Drama, Bristol Old Vic, Laine, Manchester Met, The Arden School of Theatre, Royal Scottish, East 15 and Mountview as well as various top universities around the UK and abroad. We also have previous students working within the industry on television, radio and of course Physical Theatre.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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