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. It provides full-time training in musical theatre, dance, singing and acting with many of our students progressing onto top drama schools including Arts Educational School, ALRA, Guildlford School of Acting, Bird College Conservatoire of Dance and Musical Theatre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal College of Music and Insititute of the Arts Barcelona.

In addition to developing your technique and performance abilities, the course provides opportunities to develop skills in creativity in areas such as choreography, directing and devising as well as preparing you for auditions. Sessions are delivered in the College’s McMillan Theatre, with students regularly accessing workshops and performances by professionals. Students also perform in The McMillan Theatre and our successful performances have seen students performing to packed houses of 300 people or more each night.

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

  • Musical theatre performance
  • Acting techniques – contemporary and classical
  • Commercial and jazz dance
  • Singing techniques
  • Auditions for actors
  • Voice
  • Acting through song
  • Contemporary 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*, Distinction, Merit or Pass grade.

Progression Options

The College’s graduating performing arts students regularly progress to some of the best known London schools for performing arts. Previous students are also accepted on a range of other courses or employed in the entertainment or leisure industries. They 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 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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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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