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Musical Theatre Level 3 Applied Diploma - Diploma at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

This is an exciting course, which is designed for students who have a passion for Musical Theatre and a serious interest in developing a wide and marketable range of performance skills in all three performing arts; drama, dance and music.  There is an emphasis is on the development of high-level professional performance skills through a range of practical settings and styles, rehearsing and performing throughout the course.  This will be supported by relevant theory as well as a solid core of business skills. The course mainly consists of  practical training and provides numerous opportunities for performance, both on stage and to camera.  You will be encouraged to gain further experience through college enrichment and outside college both individually and as a member of a group.

Professional workshops:

Students will work with visiting practitioners and will attend performances and workshops by professional companies at external venues.

This course is equivalent to two A levels.

Course content

Across the two years you will develop your skills in all three art forms, working on technique and your general understanding of the development of the genre in Year 1, before building upon these skills and investigating different styles of performance in Year 2.

There are 8 units:

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience
  • Musical Theatre Techniques
  • Variety Performance

The course will contain many performances, and will culminate in a large scale musical theatre production.

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4s or equivalent in a range of subjects at GCSE level, including in GCSE English and a Grade 4 in  Drama or Performing Arts if taken.


A Merit grade in an OCR or BTEC Certificate in a related area (6-credit qualification), and a Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. Students with a Distinction grade in a related area (6-credit qualification) may be considered with a Grade 3 in GCSE English.

You will also be invited to an audition to demonstrate your skills in drama, dance and music.

Examination board: Edexcel


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

Future opportunities

The Musical Theatre Diploma can lead to further study in the field at university or specialised performing arts centres. The course is ideal for students who would like to follow a career in an aspect of the performing arts.  It is also of benefit in careers such as education and training; public relations and marketing; and media and broadcasting.

Further information

Come to our Open Evening on 18th and 19th October 5-9pm.

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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: MU1MY18