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Drama and Performing Arts Practice (Acting and Performance) (Advanced) - Level 3

Overview

Please note, this is the acting pathway.

This course is designed for those who are interested in developing their knowledge and understanding of theatre through workshops and performance opportunities.

This course is a full-time programme split over two years:

Year 1 - The National Foundation Diploma.

Year 2 - Extended Diploma.

Following successful completion of the National Foundation Diploma in year 1 you may then be able to progress to a second year of study on the Extended Diploma.

The Extended Diploma is the equivalent to three A Levels and highly suitable for preparing students for university entry.

The diploma concentrates on the practical and contextual skills needed to produce quality devised and text-based performance work. This may include voice and speech, acting techniques, text work, devising, movement and improvisation. Continuing to the extended diploma, you will be able to continue to develop your skills and understanding of the performing arts industry. 


Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20242308A1296FREEFREE* to £2882.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.


What will I study?

  • Live shows and performance in the community
  • Acting skills development
  • Performance styles
  • Devising and script work
  • Vocal skills development

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, plus a prepared audition piece.
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit level, plus a prepared audition piece.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information - admissions@wnc.ac.uk.

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.


How long is the course?

2 years.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place through controlled assignments set by tutors and are externally verified. 

You will complete written coursework, take part in projects, practical workshops and performances, some of which will be externally verified.


What can I progress onto?


Career opportunities


How do I apply?

Apply online

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