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Performing Arts (Acting) - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

This exciting 2 year course covers all aspects of the role of the actor within the 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 critical decisions related to personal strengths, specialist skills, future progression and employment.

Course content

All students study:

  • Principles of Acting
  • Voice and the Actor
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Physical Theatre Skills
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Subject Specific Workshops
  • Classical theatre performance
  • Contemporary theatre performance
  • Clowning
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Film and TV Acting

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

In addition to dedicated lessons, English and Maths will be embedded into all aspects of your course enabling 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 above Grade C
  • A BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

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


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 performance.

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 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, Musical Theatre, Stage Management and Technical Production, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

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


Career directions include: actor, singer, 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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