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Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts is designed to develop your personal performing skills to university entry standard. Students will also undertake Functional Skills qualifications (at an appropriate level).

This course if for anyone who wishes to gain a vocational qualification in Performing Arts as a step towards a career in the industry or a university application. It is ideal if you are straight from school or are a mature student with relevant qualifications or experience. 

Successful students tend to:

  • be self disciplined and hard working
  • work well in a team and independently
  • have a passionate commitment to performing
  • have a good level of stamina

Course content

On this course, you will study the Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts plus Functional Skills at the appropriate level and additional NCFE qualifications in Performance Skills. 

Modules on this course will include:

  • different acting styles
  • singing
  • performing in musical theatre
  • dance

You will take part in several performances throughout the year to paying audiences which integrate the units and provide a vocationally relevant experience. There is also an academic element to the course which involves researching, contextual studies and business. This course is geared towards learners progressing onto HE courses and eventually to a career in the Performing Arts industry.

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C preferably including English and maths, previous performing arts experience is preferable. All applicants must also attend an audition where you will attend college for a full day of workshops. Applicants will also need to prepare a solo piece of your choice

The students will be expected to wear suitable clothing, which will consist of a Hope Theatre T-Shirt (ordered through the department), black jogging pants / jazz pants / tracksuit bottoms. Students will also require suitable foot wear (jazz shoes) and will require tap shoes.

All learners will be required to take part in an audition as part of the interview process.


All units are assessed, and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course are given support and guidance regarding potential career opportunities and further study opportunities during the course and at our annual progression fair. These include: actor, dancer, musical theatre performer, teaching in performing arts or working in the entertainment industry. Many learners will progress to university studying various aspects of Performing Arts.

Students may gain employment in the performing arts industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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