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Performing Arts

Performing Arts: (Musical Theatre and Acting Pathway) Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September and will take two years to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE English and Maths
  • Relevant experience and a successful audition
  • Successful interview

You will achieve

UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Course overview

This course is highly practical and allows you to develop skills in musical theatre and acting. This will give you the best chance of progressing to Higher Education, professional training or a career in the performing arts.

You will develop your communication skills and self-confidence and understand different types of theatre and performance as well as studying a variety of acting, singing or dance, whilst working as part of a committed and creative team.

Course content

The course provides the opportunity to develop your specialist technique and creativity through a variety of group projects, public performances and solo audition preparation.

You will get the chance to perform in a dedicated theatre space and our intimate studio performance space.

You will be assessed through coursework and practical demonstrations such as performances in several public shows, as well as private class assessments throughout the year. Public performances will take place in the evenings.

Performers will need three sets of loose, plain black rehearsal clothes and soft indoor black shoes, such as jazz shoes or canvas pumps for practical work. You will also need the following stationery: A4 lever arch file, dividers, plastic wallets, A4 notepad, pens and a USB stick. You will be expected to attend at least one theatre visit per term.

The Electric Theatre
Falcon Street
S70 2EY

On completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, you will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts industry. The qualification attracts 72, 120 and 168 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

Previous students have progressed to some of the most prestigious specialist training in the country at centres such as Italia Conti, Guildhall, Arden, East 15, as well as to universities such as Manchester Metropolitan, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Lincoln, Salford, Edge Hill, Sheffield Hallam.

You may want to progress to Higher Education courses with postgraduate study in a range of specialist areas such as teaching, directing, events management and drama therapy.

This course could form the successful foundations of a career in acting. You could work as:

  • An actor in a range of entertainment industries
  • In touring and producing theatre companies
  • A performer in theatre, film, TV, video, radio, street entertainments or theatre
  • In education
  • A holiday or cruise ship entertainer
  • A director
  • A teacher
  • Voice over artist or specialising in areas such as voice/dialect coach, stage combat and drama therapy

See what careers are available in the Performing Arts sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk. about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Performing Arts: (Musical Theatre and Acting Pathway) Level 3 Full-time

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