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Performing Arts

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre Pathway Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start 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 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts provides you with opportunities to develop and showcase your musical theatre skills or your technical skills in the creative industries.

Whether you are a triple-threat musical theatre performer, with equal skills in acting, dance and singing, want to perform in the singing and dancing ensemble of the next touring hit musical or dream of storming the West End as a leading role with your phenomenal voice and acting skills, this is the course for you!

You will specialise in musical theatre and will explore skills in acting, singing and dance by performing in our versatile venue, The Electric Theatre, as well as our more intimate studio performance space.

You will work on specialist projects, as well as large scale public performances each year, in The Electric Theatre. Our Performing Arts and Production Arts students work closely with each other so you will develop transferable skills such as communication skills and self-confidence, becoming an excellent team player and problem solver, as well as developing your specialist skills.

Course content

This musical theatre course is highly practical and allows you to develop skills in acting, singing and dance, giving you the best chance of a fantastic career in performing arts. The course provides you with opportunities to develop your creativity, performance skills, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline. You will explore a range of performance styles such as musical comedy, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, juke box musicals, musical theatre, sung-through and Disney, through work on a variety of different projects.

You will be assessed through your 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.

You 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. For dance classes you will also need specialist dance wear and ballet shoes, your tutor will give you specific instructions on this. You will 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 Urdang Academy, Italia Conti, Guildhall, Mountview, Arden, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, East 15, as well as to universities such as Manchester Metropolitan, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Lincoln, Salford, Edge Hill, Sheffield Hallam, and the Foundation Degree in Acting for Touring Theatre at University Campus Barnsley (UCB).

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

This course could form the successful foundations of a career in acting, musical theatre or dance. You could work as:

  • An actor in a range of entertainment industries
  • In touring/production theatre companies
  • A performer in theatre, film, TV, video, radio or street entertainments theatre
  • In education
  • Within a musical theatre company as a ‘triple threat’ performer
  • A director
  • A teacher
  • A choreographer
  • Voice and/or movement coach
  • In stage combat or drama therapy
  • A backing singer
  • A holiday or cruise ship entertainer
  • A dance captain
  • A dancer in a theatre company
  • In a related entertainment industry such as pop videos, circus, burlesque, featured/backing dancer, Dance Repetiteur or movement therapist
  • In Theatre Administration in roles such as administrator, producer, agent, casting director, or in related fields such as marketing, personal representation or events management

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.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

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 Pathway Level 3 Full-time

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