Performing Arts - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma


About the course

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts is equivalent to 3 A Levels in the UCAS points system.  The course is for those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts and/or production arts. We offer pathways in dance, theatre and production and also, where possible combinations of all disciplines. The course has been created for any young person who is excited about developing a career in the creative industries. The curriculum is rich in diversity and we create dynamic and innovative productions which are performed at various venues and community settings. Work experience is an intrinsic component on the course and all students have the opportunity to work with industry artists. 


• 4 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths grades 4-9 

• BTEC Level 2 Diploma with Merit or Distinction and functional skills Level 2

• For international students, equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered and you will need IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill), or equivalent.

• You need to demonstrate your skills and potential in a workshop/audition.



Develop your skills in all aspects of theatre including musical theatre, physical theatre, acting, theatre in education, directing and producing. This course provides you with the opportunity to perform in a range of styles and techniques. You will participate in workshops in devising, script writing & analysis, physical theatre, movement and singing. You will have the chance to develop industry links and participate in workshops with professional actors and theatre companies.  

Students progress to Guildhall, Birmingham School of Acting, Drama Centre, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Middlesex and Manchester. 


In your training you will study a range of dance techniques including contemporary, ballet, jazz and urban, and you will work with guest artists to develop your skills in the diverse range of dance styles.  Performance skills, choreography, physical theatre, singing, and the performing arts industry are areas covered in the training. The course also covers the theoretical aspects of dance and the performing arts industry. Dance performance is a major part of the course, with the chance to perform in the College theatre and at a range of external venues. 

Students progress to a range of universities and colleges including, Trinity Laban, LIPA, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Urdang, London Studio Centre, Kingston and Middlesex.  


Technical theatre is an intrinsic component on the course. You will develop knowledge and skills in set design, costume, lighting design and operation, sound operation and stage management. These skills will developed whilst working as a company on diverse range of productions. 

Students progress on to study technical theatre at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Apprenticeships at Sadler’s Wells and the Roundhouse and study at University of Derby. 


Student work is assessed through a series of assignments which includes practical work, skills development, presentations and performances. There are no exams for the qualification. 

I took the course at the College and my passion for performing arts just grew and grew

Armin Karminadaghi

Armin Karminadaghi

Studied for a Diploma in Performing Arts

Destination: Lead role in BBC hit drama series Waterloo Road

Last year BTEC Performing Arts student, Armin Karminadaghi, secured a leading role in hit BBC drama series Waterloo Road. Armin initially wanted to study art and design, but did not do as well in his A Levels as he would have liked. However, he knew even from a young age that he had a natural ability for acting.

He said “I took the course at the College and my passion for acting just grew and grew. I have learnt so much from my teachers, who are not just teachers but friends. They are very inspiring, calm and provide you with the whole package to pursue a career in the industry.”

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10 September 2018

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City and Islington offers excellent teaching, an unbeatable central London location, great facilities and affordable accommodation.