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Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Performing Arts

This 1 year course is equivalent to 3x AS levels and leads onto the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up)-students who successfully complete the 90 credit course will automatically be rolled over onto the Extended Diploma and do not need to apply online.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Performing Arts
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
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Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Performing Arts
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
17 Apply Now

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Course Overview

This 1 year course is equivalent to 3x AS levels and leads onto the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up)-students who successfully complete the 90 credit course will automatically be rolled over onto the Extended Diploma & do not need to apply online. 

This course has an emphasis on live performance, students will develop both practical and theoretical skills through study of a variety of units.


Units studied may include:


  • Performance Workshop

  • Performing Arts Business

  • Dance Performance

  • Performance to an Audience

  • Theatre for Children

  • Devising Plays

  • Audio Performance Acting

  • Drama Improvisation


You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability. 

Entry Requirements
Entry requirements include the following:

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in a related subject or 4 GCSE’s  - Grades A-C 

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or ICT.
Places on the course are offered after the candidate has successfully completed an interview and workshop audition.

We are also looking for a degree of potential that can be developed, as well as a real interest in and commitment to the art of performance.  Our team of specialist course tutors interview and audition every applicant for this course.

Please note that if the course is oversubscribed additional criteria will be applied.



Where will it take me?
Successful completion of this course will lead directly onto further study on the 1 year Extended Diploma (top-up), which upon completion will be the equivalent to 3 A Levels.

There are very good progression opportunities to University and specialist colleges on completion of the Extended Diploma (top-up).
Alternatively further study on our Higher National Diploma (HND) in Performing Arts can lead to a career in acting, producing, teaching or arts management.
How will it make me more employable?

You will ‘Get the Edge’ by:

• Gaining a vocational qualification demonstrating your technical competence
• Gaining a Personal Development qualification demonstrating your employability skills (communication, teamwork, critical thinking)
• Gaining hands on experience through Industry Projects
• Getting involved in activities such as the SERC Volunteer Programme and SERC Student Companies

This course will help you succeed in a highly competitive job market by developing the skills and knowledge which employers need you to have.

As well as gaining a recognised qualification you will take part in employability skills workshops and gain skills in teamwork, commitment, IT and problem solving. You will also have the opportunity to become a member of The Glass Umbrella Theatre Company.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
You will be assessed throughout the year on: performances, individual and group work, research and evaluations.
Each unit will have a number of assignments that will be graded at distinction, merit and pass level.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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