Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Extended Diploma – C0168

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Course Overview

This is dynamic and intensive performance-based musical theatre course continues to focus on the key disciplines of singing, dancing and acting and is ideal for those who have obtained a level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) or equivalent. Professional practitioners with West End experience lead a diverse range of practical sessions which will challenge and inspire the next generation of budding performers.

Recent performance opportunities have included: participating in musicals and performing at Curve, Coventry Ricoh Arena, a Lee Mead concert, Athena, Leicester Cathedral, Leicester Tigers and De Montfort Hall.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The emphasis of this course is about the development of your skills, techniques, and performance qualities where you will continue to build upon skills and knowledge gained on a level 3 90 Credit Diploma or equivalent. You will study a broad variety of units in singing, musical theatre performance, jazz dance, urban dance, audition techniques, storytelling and acting skills. Additionally, in this year students work towards a full-scale production at our professional city centre theatre. Performances include familiar musicals as well as cabaret evenings and showcases of work.

Alongside the coursework, there are abundant opportunities to perform including professional cabaret evenings, charity concerts, ceremonies, flash mob events and Christmas carol concerts. Professional performers visit us frequently to take West End musical theatre workshops and master classes in dance, acting and vocal training.

Entry Requirements

Students will have completed a level 3 90 Credit Diploma or equivalent in performing arts/musical theatre. Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. You will be invited to attend a welcome event and an audition: this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via coursework and performance. You will need to evidence in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades.
Your assignments are assessed internally by the College and standards are verified by Edexcel. You will be assessed practically and theoretically though a variety of ways including rehearsal, performance, workshops, journals, projects, portfolios, blogs, presentations and essays.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2725.00

Additional Costs

There are theatre trips and workshops throughout the year which form part of the course and come at an additional expense. There is a kit list which will be supplied on acceptance on the course which includes practical clothing and dance footwear.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Upon completion of this course, you may wish to continue your training and apply for a degree at a university or drama school or be employed in a wide range of subject-related jobs in the industry. Many of our past students are studying, performing and teaching.

Recent course progression includes places at Trinity Laban, Arts Educational, Guildford, Mountview, L.I.P.A., London Studio Centre, Urdang, Rose Bruford, Bodyworks, Performers College, and M.A.D.D.

Whether you want to become a West End performer or take a performing arts degree at university, this course will fulfil your needs and much more. No one can guarantee you success in this business, but your hard work and dedication can take you a long way towards some exciting goals. Realistically it is rare to progress directly from a level 3 course into the musical theatre profession without further training.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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