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Performing Arts (Performance), Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


Students work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in their first year of study; progressing onto their University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in their second year. The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is allocated 168 UCAS points, which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels at grade A.
Performing Arts Level 3 offers student the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills, such as singing, acting, dance and comedy. This multi-skilled and multi-disciplinary approach is integral to the course design and is ideally suited to students who have a broad skills-set, but are not quite ready yet to specialise in one area of performance and/or production arts.
Students will gain a wide range of skills within a working theatre and by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. Students will also be required to attend theory based classes which develop knowledge and understanding of the performance industry. The course is vocational which means the student will undertake the role of an actor/performer throughout. Students will participate in public performances and become part of the college’s theatre company, Platform Productions. The company’s artistic policy is to provide theatre of the highest quality within the local community and beyond.

Key tasks during the course include:

Learning lines and rehearsing.
Researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part.
Discussing interpretation and delivery with other members of the company and the director.
Performing for a live audience.
Performing in a theatre “on location”.
Audio as well as visual performance.
Rehearse/polish performances in your own time.
Managing the day-to-day running of the theatre, including “front of house” duties.

Students will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment, including some evenings.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A* - C including GCSE Drama (if taken); plus 9 - 5 in GCSE English. Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction. Students will audition and be interviewed prior to selection.

Learning Outcomes

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.

They provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.


The course is structured to allow students to experience what life is like working in the creative industries. Students will work intensively on preparation and rehearsal, culminating in regular performances. Through participation in these projects students will develop their acting and performance skills as well as understanding the performing arts as a whole. The projects are often commissioned by outside agencies, as they would a professional acting company. This offers students the opportunity to create work for real stakeholders, giving students a feel for working in the current arts scene.


The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders.

A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION. The first year (Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (36), MERIT (60), DISTINCTION (84). The second year (Extended Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (72), MERIT (120), DISTINCTION (168). Student work is externally assessed and scrutinised by External Verifiers from the University of the Arts London to ensure that academic standards are adhered maintained.


Successfully completion the Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in the second year. The design and structure of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning by choosing an alternative Performing Arts pathway in their second year. For example, provided that they meet the entry requirements, a student could follow the Performing Arts pathway in their first year and then choose to follow the Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting, Music or Production Arts pathway in their second year.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as Rose Bruford, Royal Welsh and East 15 Acting School to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with Theatre Royal Norwich to provide outstanding experience of work and to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.