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Performing Arts Practice (Dance and Musical Theatre) (Advanced) - Level 3

Overview

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

The diploma course concentrates on exploring the three main disciplines of musical theatre (singing, dancing and acting) and developing the fundamental skills needed to produce quality performance work. Continuing to the extended diploma, you will be able to continue to develop your skills and understanding of the performing arts industry.  

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Start dates and fees

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20222309A1297FREEFREE* 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?

  • Jazz and tap dance
  • Movement in performance
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Performing arts in the community
  • Group performance workshop
  • Investigating practitioners work
  • Singing techniques for performers
  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Singing and vocal skill development
  • Acting skills development
  • Final live performance to an audience.

Entry requirements

Diploma:

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 including English language.
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a Merit Grade and a GCSE at grade 4 in English language or an equivalent Level 2 literacy qualification.
  • You will also be required to undertake an audition.
  • You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Extended diploma:

  • A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including English language and maths.
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 diploma with a Merit grade and GCSEs at grade 4 in English language and maths.
  • You will also be required to undertake an audition.
  • You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

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

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

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 which are externally verified. 

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

What can I progress onto?

Careers

How do I apply?

Apply online

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