Performing Arts

Summary of course

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre is designed to develop your potential for working in the performing arts and to prepare you for work or further study. You will have the opportunity to experience a range of performing skills, including dance, acting and singing.

You will cover a wide range of performance and contextual related activities. There are at least two full scale productions in each year one at an external venue, one in-house cabaret and performances in the community. The method of learning is by a mixture of both tutor led and practical sessions.

The qualification comprises a combination of practical and theory-based assignments.

You will also get the opportunity to perform for friends, family and members of the public on a number of occasions, go on a variety of trips and visits to theatres and shows and learn about the musical theatre industry. We have strong links with The Royal and Derngate Theatre, local and national dance schools/companies and practitioners and you will get the opportunity to attend dance workshops with professional Musical Theatre practitioners and other companies.

This qualification offers a wide choice of units to reflect the range of opportunities available within the performing arts sector. At Level 3, students have the option of a specialist pathway where they can take a learning route that fits with their individual career aspirations. It provides students with an understanding of performing arts through engagement with techniques, the work of practitioners, industry conventions and community projects.

If you have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics, you will also be working towards this qualification as part of your study programme.

To get the most out of this course you will need to be enthusiastic, happy to work with others and confident to perform in front of an audience and alongside other arts disciplines.

You will also get the opportunity to perform in a variety of theatres and locations on a number of occasions and to go on trips to theatres and shows, both locally and in the West End of London, representing the college at Awards Ceremonies and out in the community.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Singing Techniques
  • Movement in Performance
  • Tap Dance
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Applying Classical Ballet Technique
  • Jazz Dance
  • Historical Context of Performance

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment will be by both practical and written assignments, including classroom based work and performance. The course is internally and externally verified and moderated.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in the performing arts and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in musical theatre.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you could progress to:

  • Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre at Northampton College
  • Degree
  • Drama School
  • Musical Theatre School
  • Dance School

Entry Requirements for new students

Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 [C] or above or Level 2 Diploma in Musical Theatre/Performing Arts plus GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 [D] or Functional Skills English and maths at Level 1 . You must attend the Workshop Session in the summer.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

We recommend you participate in the following activities and would ask you to be prepared to pay an approximate cost of £80 when you enrol with us in September:

  • Theatre trips and visits
  • personalised hooded sweatshirt

We also recommend you purchase the following:

  • Jazz shoes/boots
  • Ballet shoes
  • Tap shoes
  • New Yorkers

Jazz and ballet uniform will be part of the uniform requirements on the course.

A dictaphone will be required for singing/dance sessions.

Course fee information

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form


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