Level 3, UAL Extended Diploma

Performing Arts (Ext Dip Yr1)


Level 3

Career Sector

Creative & Digital

Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

Develop your performing skills and practical experience in the performing arts on this  two-year course.

You will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in the performing arts industry or for progression to Performing Arts courses at university level.

This course combines theory and practical experience to give you a springboard towards achieving your goals.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa


  • A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above.
  • You will need to attend an audition as part of the interview process.

What will I study?

This qualification is made up of 20 units which are divided into 7 separate projects/ performances over the two years. By the end of the course you will gain experience in a wide range of acting skills and techniques. Topics covered will include: Performing scripted plays, devising, scriptwriting, directing, contemporary and classical acting techniques, performance skills, voice, improvisation, history of theatre, playwrights, storytelling as performance, physical theatre, movement skills and preparing for auditions.

You will be taught through practical workshops and discussions. Assessment is mainly based on practical exploration but there is also an element of theory in each of the units; log books and portfolios will assess your progress and ability to evaluate and target set as well as your grasp of the skills covered for each unit.


Why should I choose USP College?

  • Excellent performing arts facilities, including a 200 seat theatre plus modern, spacious drama and dance studios.
  • Additional opportunities for building your performance skills through the USP Youth Theatre; an extra curricular activity open to students from across the college, committed to producing quality performance.
  • A range of trips are organised in order for you to develop your understanding of the performing arts.


What could I do next?

Successful completion of two years study will be recognised with a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma. This is equivalent to three A-Levels and will offer you the possibility of entrance to further study at university or special vocational colleges and academies. You could also use your qualification for entry into the entertainment and allied sectors.

Former student success
Previous students have gone on to develop careers in the performing arts industries. Others have progressed to higher-level study of dance, acting and performing arts-related subjects at universities and vocational colleges around the country.


Additional costs

Performance outfit – black t-shirt, leggings and plimsolls. You will also be expected to attend relevant performances.

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