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Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma / Extended Diploma at Uxbridge College

Course description

This course is for those who wish to develop their skills as actors or dancers. When enrolling on the course learners will choose whether they want to study on the acting strand or the dance strand. On both strands learners will learn about the performing arts sector and will also provide learners with the qualifications to enter higher education or work in the industry.

Course content

Yr 1 course = 90 credits

Yr 2 course = additional 90 credits (total 180 credits)

Acting pathway - course units include:

  • Acting techniques
  • Vocal skills
  • Theatre in education
  • Script writing
  • Drama improvisation
  • Musical theatre
  • Singing
  • Physical theatre.

Dance pathway - course units include:

  • Contemporary dance techniques
  • Classical ballet techniques
  • Jazz dance
  • Urban dance
  • Choreography
  • Physical theatre
  • Musical theatre
  • Dance performance.

Study on the course is achieved within guided learning hours at the campus. You will be given assignments by your tutors, which will clearly explain the evidence required to pass the units that you are studying. You will then work together with your tutors, and others in your group, in order to develop your skills to the highest level possible. All of your assignments will have a vocational context, which means that you are preparing for real-life situations in the industry.

You will also be expected to independently research, using a wide range of different sources.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or above.

You will be invited to an audition and interview.


Your work will be assessed by your tutors, and you will be graded at pass, merit or distinction against the grading criteria that make up the units that you will be studying. You will be given vocational assignments by your tutors that will allow us to assess your work for particular units. In this way, you will be expected to produce the same high standard of work that will be expected of you in the industry that you are training to work in.

As well as your tutor assessment, student grades are also verified by other tutors within the department and by Edexcel, the awarding body.

Future opportunities

Progress from the 90 credit Diploma to the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting or Dance). After completing the Extended Diploma progress onto a higher education course.


Roles in the Performing Arts sector such a Performer for stage and screen, Dancer, Choreographer, Community Arts Practitioner, Arts Administrator, Children̢۪s Entertainer and much more.

Further information

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • Uxbridge College, Hillingdon Council and local health services and voluntary organisations came together to develop a centre for the Hayes community. The College is next to a health centre, housing, parkland and a day centre for elderly people, ensuring this campus really is at the heart of the community. You can:

      Dance Studios & Theatre
      The Performing Arts school contains two fully equipped dance studios, purpose-built with sprung floors, dances bars and mirrors, where all styles and genres of dance from ballet to hip hop; contemporary to classic, are delivered by a team of choreographers, teachers and professional dancers.

      The Studio Theatre is a highly flexible performance space, possessing a multi-media capability, a full lighting and sound rig, capable of accommodating proscenium, traverse, in the round and promenade productions.

      Uxbridge College Nursery
      If you are looking for the very best childcare find out more about our nursery, located on our Hayes Community Campus. The high quality provision offered by the nursery was recognised by Ofsted, which graded it outstanding – the highest grade they can give. Places are available for babies aged from three months to children aged five years. Help for funding may be available. For more information, details on costs or to arrange an appointment to view the facilities on offer for your child, please call 01895 853800.

      Uxbrdge College Children's Centre
      The Uxbridge College Children’s Centre offers free information and activity sessions for parents living in the Hayes area, with children under the age of five. As a Sure Start Children’s Centre we offer lots of activities to help children learn, develop and socialise with others, including Boogie Babies, Tiny Ballers and Tumble Tots. Parents can also pick up useful information on training and career development, childcare tips and information from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. For further information, please call us on: 01895 853745 or 0800 073 0823 or email us

      Hayes Business Studios
      The Hayes Business Studios are based at Uxbridge College's Hayes Community Campus. 
      With a combination of competitively priced and equipped office studio space, ongoing support and accessible location, Hayes Business Studios is the complete option for business start-ups.The Hayes Business Studios also boasts a meeting room for hire which offers great value, fully equipped and state-of-the-art facilities. It is equipped with the latest smart board technology and is also ideal for presentations, pitches and meetings. Please contact Martin Blandy on01895 47101 for more information.

      More Energy Fitness Centre
      Offering an extensive range of Fitness and Health related services with state of the art cardiovascular and resistance equipment, personal training and specialist classes, supported by a professionally qualified fitness team. For membership rates and more information, please contact 01895 853753, email or visit

      Revisco Restaurant
      If you like to eat good quality food then treat yourself to a three course, silver service lunch in our bistro-style training restaurant – for as little as £6. Students work in industry standard kitchens, preparing and serving meals under the supervision of industry experienced chefs. The restaurant is open to the public for lunch every weekday during term time and there are also occasional gourmet evening events. To book a table or to find out more please call 01895 853730.

      Distinction Salons
      Come along to our professional standard hair and beauty salons and get top quality treatments for less than the prices you pay on the high street! We are training the professionals of the future so you can be assured of high-standard haircuts and styles and professional beauty treatments carried out by fully supervised trainees. There are a huge range of treatments on offer so to book yourself an appointment, or to get a copy of the pricelist please call 01895 853666.

      Getting here
      Just a few hundred yards from Uxbridge Road, one of the area's major routes, the Hayes campus is well-placed for access by car and bus, and also offers student parking. It is less than two miles from Hayes & Harlington train station. To plan your journey on London's public transport see

      Hayes and Harlington Station

      90, 140, 195, 207, 607, E6, H98, U4, 427, E7
      Buses stop on Coldharbour Lane apart from 207, 427 and 607 which stop on Uxbridge Road, near the Hayes Community Campus.