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Performing and Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts is designed to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts. It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

Course content

You will study a total of 12 units which cover a range of performance skill in Acting, Drama, Musical Theatre, Singing, Movement, Dance, Production Skills and Contextual Theatre. The units are as follows:

Year 1

Unit 1 - Principles of Performance
Unit 2 - Engaging with an Audience
Unit 3 - Introduction to Professional Practice
Unit 4 - Critical and Contextual Awareness 
Unit 5 - Production Skills and Context 
Unit 6 - Performance Skills and Context 
Unit 7 - Preparation for Specialist Study
Unit 8 - Collaborative Performance Project

Year 2

Unit 9 - Developing Performance and Production Skills
Unit 10 - Preparing for Progression
Unit 11 - Exploration of Specialist study and Context
Unit 12 - Extended Project

Entry requirements

A BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject or an Intermediate GNVQ in a
related subject or at least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C with a minimum level 1 in
Maths and English and appropriate work experience. Applicants are selected at
interview and audition. Experience in the performing arts is a bonus.


Assessment takes the form of a number of practical assignments and a Final Major Project. Assessment i?s continuous and takes place at regular times throughout the course. Planned reviews and tutorials are also completed to support student development and achievement on the course. Students will get feedback at the end of each stage of the course to enable them to improve on their learning and performance.

Graded, more formal, assessment will take place at the end of each year. The final unit requires students to take responsibility for their own learning through a personal project that combines planning, research, ideas, practical skills, evaluation, reflection and presentation. This final? stage includes both external assessment, completed by UAL Awarding Body, in addition to internal assessment completed by college tutors and is subject to external moderation by the UAL Awarding Body. ? ? On successful completion of the qualification students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

A UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma is valued by employers and higher education. If you want to get a job on completion of this course you could apply for jobs in the performance industry. It also provides a good grounding to progress on to a more advanced course such as a BTEC Higher Diploma or a BA degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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