Course Info

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

For our level 3 course, you are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade C including English. If you were unsuccessful in achieving your GCSE in maths, you will be able to retake this during your time at college. You will also be required to undertake an interview and join our fun, full-day audition and write a short 500 word piece explaining a little about yourself and why you want to be a performer.


1 Year

Course Content

This is a full time course, which we approach in a very practical way. Although there is not a lot of written work, you will be required to write a Log Book, keep a diary and write essays.

The majority of your assessments will be through your performances, many of which will be to public audiences. Recent performance venues have included the main stage at the Royal Exchange Theatre, the main stage at the Trafford centre and of course, in our own beautiful 200 seat theatre with new professional sound and lighting equipment.

Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and knowledge preparing you for progression into University/Drama School and employment within the Performing Arts.


If you choose to study with us on the acting course, you will cover a huge variety of units, including:

Film and TV Acting

Principles of Acting


Audition Technique


Physical Theatre

Contemporary and Classical Theatre


If you are passionate about Musical Theatre, you will be studying:

Solo singing


Contemporary dance

Jazz dance

Audition preparation

Ensemble singing



And more…!

Special Features

You have the opportunity to be involved in at least 10 Public Performances, including a Christmas Café Theatre piece, 1 BIG Musical and 1 contemporary play

Enrichment that includes: Fight Club- Stunt and stage combat work, including unarmed and rapier & dagger training, Dance Club- A wide selection of dance including: Ballet, street, modern, ballroom and tap. A fantastic opportunity for you to develop dance and fitness, for fun or at a higher level, Song Club- Fun, weekly singing sessions to improve your voice and to have an opportunity to sing in public, as part of a choir or as a solo performer, Audition class- Essential for your progression into drama school. This is led by an experienced and professional acting coach and author with many years’ experience supporting young people, just like you, into gaining a place at the top UK drama schools.


On successful completion of this qualification, many young people progress into Higher Education at Drama School or University, where they continue to train to become professional performers, or train as teachers or professional coaches.

Many young people move immediately into industry and can often be seen on stage and television.