Acting Level 3

Start Date
Course Course
Performing Arts and Music
Hillsborough Campus

About this Course

If you are interested in developing your performance skills and are prepared to work hard to do this, the Extended Diploma will provide the right pathway for you. This exciting course combines a range of practical work with closely related written assignments.

Key Units

Year 1

  • Principles of Performance
  • Engaging With an Audience
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Critical and Contextual Awareness
  • Production Skills and Context
  • Performance Skills and Context
  • Preparation for Specialist Study
  • Collaborative Performance Project
Year 2
  • Developing Performance and Production Skills
  • Preparing for Progression
  • Exploration of Specialist Study and Context
  • Extended Project

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE's grades A*- C / grade 4 or above (or acceptable alternatives), to include English Language.

An audition will be required.


The course is assessed entirely by coursework, therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Where does this Lead

Most students go on to do a degree or foundation degree, at a University or Drama School. Students from the course have gone on to many different Universities and Drama schools, and a significant number of ex-students are now working successfully in TV, film and theatre. 

Other students have formed their own acting companies. Some students remain at college to complete the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts (Drama). While some students progress onto courses in the performing arts, students do also go on to degree courses in a wide range of other areas where artistic understanding and communication skills are important including Hospitality and Events Management , Tourism and Nursing.

Tell Me More

Qualification Title

UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (UCAS points equivalent to 3 A Levels).

Additional Information
During your course you will be performing in the evenings on a number of occasions. You are given a year planner at the start of the course to enable you to ensure that you are able to prioritise college commitments and participate fully in all projects.

Visits to theatres will be organised during your course and you are encouraged to see as much live performance as possible.

You will need to wear appropriate clothes when attending college as you will be taking part in practical sessions where this is essential. You will be given guidance as to suitable clothing and footwear at the beginning of your course. The wearing of jewellery is also not advisable because of the physical nature of the work.

Extra Costs

Students will be required to pay a £35 studio fee at the start of the course to cover materials, consumables and performance costs. Those in financial hardship may be eligible to apply for financial support from the college’s Student Support Fund.

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