Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is practical in nature and suitable for students considering pathways into the performing arts industry or higher education performance arts training.

The Extended Diploma in Performing Arts provides skills within all aspects of the three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. The course also provides opportunities to develop skills in creativity and performance, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline. Sessions are delivered in the College’s McMillan Theatre, with students regularly accessing workshops and performances by professionals. Our successful performances have seen students performing to packed houses of 300 people or more each night.

All students study a combination of dance, drama and singing units to give a broad introduction to the many aspects within performing arts. These include:

  • Performing arts in context
  • Musical theatre
  • Site specific
  • Acting
  • Choreography skills
  • Voice and speech
  • Jazz dance

You have the opportunity to attend a variety of live performances and trips. Previous students visited New York, London and Disneyland Paris.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through coursework based on assignments set in each unit. Assignments involve performance projects, individual research, group work and project work. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an overall Distinction, Merit or Pass grade.

Progression Options

The College’s performing arts students regularly progress to some of the best known London schools for performing arts. Students are also accepted on a range of other courses, or employed in the entertainment or leisure industries. Previous students have also been employed by organisations within the performance arts industry or gone on to teaching qualifications.

Course Summary

Course Title Performing Arts Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 (A* to C) range or a Level 2 Diploma at
Merit grade. Dance, drama, music or expressive arts subjects would be an
advantage, as well as performance experience in or out of school. Entry is also
subject to a successful interview and audition.

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Spotlight

My greatest achievement since joining the College has been gaining a place at my dream drama school, East 15. For me, this opportunity was just a fantasy before I came to College and I never thought it would happen, especially the first year auditioning.

Tasmin Tolley

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