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Performing Arts (Acting) - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and is designed to help you extend your understanding of the performing arts, develop your performing skills and learn new ones in our purpose-built performance spaces. It combines practical assignments and the study of variety of performance arts disciplines. You will work on production projects and be involved from backstage to front-of-house.

Course content

The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of performing arts disciplines, leading to a series of production projects in the drama studio and at external venues. You will usually be in a class of about 16 students and will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. You will be encouraged to learn a range of performance skills and techniques and you will be involved in all aspects of production from backstage to front-of-house. In the second year you will produce a final major project.

The performing arts industry is highly competitive so it is essential that you possess and develop a mature and responsible attitude to your studies.

You will study:

  • Dance, drama and singing workshops
  • Acting technique
  • Voice and speech
  • Costume design
  • Mask and puppet work
  • Production technology
  • Arts administration

At some points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

You will use the college's new theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store. Your student learning adviser will guide and support you throughout your course and in the second year you will receive guidance for applications to university.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

There will be visits to a variety of performance venues as part of this course and you will perform in several productions throughout the year in our Endeavour Theatre.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. You will have an audition as part of your interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


We encourage your active involvement in the assessment process, which is continuous throughout the year and culminates in a final major project.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a nationally recognised qualification. It provides a foundation for a range of careers in the performing arts or related disciplines, or for entry into higher education, such as the HND in Performing Arts at West Thames College or a BA (Hons) degree at university.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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: 02 August 2017
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