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Performing Arts: Musical Theatre - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This exciting course covers all aspects of the role of the actor, singer and dancer within the musical theatre and performing arts, through a wide-ranging programme that ensures each student has the opportunity to explore key areas of performance, while pursuing a specialist route.

The BTEC Extended Diploma programme is carefully designed to inform and support the critical decisions related to personal strengths, specialist skills, future progression and employment.

The Musical Theatre students in the academic year of 2013-2014 participated in workshops by Cynthia Erivo and Oliver Tompsett, as well as the opportunity to visit London. Recent productions have included ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Rent’. Alumni students have progressed to continue their training in London and some are now performing in the ‘West Side Story’ UK tour, ‘Dogfight’ Southwark Playhouse and the ‘'Jersey Boys’ UK tour.

Course content

  • Movement technique
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Ballet technique
  • Subject Specific Workshops
  • Jazz technique
  • Tap technique
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Principles of Acting
  • Theatre for Children
  • Singing technique 
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Performance Workshop


Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and or Maths. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.


As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Entry requirements

You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs
  • A BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.


All the work you do is assessed. Students work to criteria published by Pearson / BTEC in 'units'.

Assessment is by observation of practical work and performance, marking of written work, your own files and portfolios of evidence, and presentations made in various forms.

The first term is based on the development of technique and core skills, with the second term concentrating on performances.

Future opportunities

Previous students have progressed onto the second year of a BTEC qualification gaining a BTEC Extended Diploma allowing them to apply to HE courses in Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

These Higher Education courses include our own Foundation Degrees in Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Stage Management and Technical Production, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

Many of these courses now have further progression to a BA Honors programme. Additionally many students have won places at top London schools and other celebrated establishments.


Career directions include: actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, musical theatre performer, stage manager, theatre/live event technician, lighting /sound designer, events manager.

Students often move into other related professions within teaching and the leisure industry

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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