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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

During the course you will study a range of units including classical and contemporary theatre performance, auditions for actors, voice, applying acting styles, film and TV acting, audio-performance acting, stage combat, directing and devising plays as well as core units examining the principles of acting, performing arts business and rehearsing and performing to an audience. The course is based around practical and academic activities including units that are largely performance or production based. You will learn to work and perform in a professional environment and take part in a large number of performances.
As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade C or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade D).
The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship

Entry requirements

Usually you’ll need four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study (including maths and/or English). Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels. You will be invited to interview/ audition where you will have the opportunity to meet the department and be shown the outstanding facilities at the new Performing Arts Centre.

Maths and English

Alongside your course you will study maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.


The course is entirely coursework based. It is taught as separate units of study that explore different areas of performing arts. You will be assessed continually throughout the year as you complete each task within a unit of study.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Students may either enter the profession on completion of this course, continue their studies at NULC on a relevant HE course or apply straight to university to undertake a degree programme.

Further information

This programme forms part of a study programme with attendance up to three days per week. You will also have a designated personal tutor who will provide both pastoral support and one to one guidance.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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