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Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

Helping you take your career in musical theatre to the next level, this practical, exciting and energetic BTEC Extended Diploma is the ideal course to fully equip you for a future on the stage, or behind it! You’ll focus on developing and honing your skills in the three main disciplines of musical theatre: singing, acting and dancing. As well as looking at the principles and techniques in each of these areas, you’ll learn all about vocal care, how to sing effectively as an actor, and how to keep up the fitness required for dance. The course will also help you explore a range of possible career opportunities in the industry, giving you the skills required to understand the business side of performance and succeed in it.



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The course uses a mixture of practical performances, skills demonstrations and written coursework to assess how you’re progressing. All written work will form a part of a larger practical piece, and could include research on directors, playwrights, choreographers or anything that underpins your performance!

Future opportunities

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Further information

There are number of next steps you can take to continue your journey with The Manchester College and further develop your musical theatre skills. You could move onto an HNC course in the discipline, or enrol directly onto a BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre at The Arden School of Theatre. From here, you’ll have an exceptional range of skills and abilities, with a wide variety of career options in performing arts open to you. You could find yourself working on television or film, on stage at the West End, performing abroad on cruise ships or at Walt Disney World, or even managing your own theatre and dance production company!

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.