Full Time

Subject Area

Music and Performing Arts




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Performing Arts (Acting) National Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course provides an in depth understanding of the performing arts industry and is designed for people who want to get ready for degree level study at university or find work as a performer, teacher, youth worker, scriptwriter or director.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (a GCSE within performing arts is not essential) or a BTEC level 2 qualification, you will also need to successfully pass an induction project.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Key areas that will be studied include:

  • The historical context of performance
  • The performing arts business
  • Performance workshop
  • Principles of acting
  • Classical theatre performance
  • Auditions for actors
  • Drama improvisation
  • Developing Movement Skills

How you will learn

The course is designed to be as practical as possible, but there is an academic foundation to prepare you for university life and support the level of the qualification.  There’s no final written exam so work is continuously assessed via performances and submitted written coursework.

Where could this course take you?

This course could take you straight into employment although the majority of our students progress to specialist drama schools or universities.

What costs will you incur?

We aim to cover the cost of most theatre trips however you’ll also be expected to attend the theatre regularly outside of college. You will also need to pay for your own study equipment including scripts and texts books.
For practical classes you’ll be required to wear black comfortable clothing which you will have to supply yourself.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.