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Level 3 National Extended Diploma Performing Arts

This dynamic, project driven, vocational Performing Arts course has been designed for young aspiring actors to develop skills in acting, movement, voice, devising and technical theatre that are required to work in the industry. This course is a full time two year programme and is equivalent to 3 A levels.
Bangor, Lisburn
2 Years

Course Overview


With the emphasis on live performance you will develop both practical and theoretical skills through study of 18 units that make up the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

You will learn through Project Based Learning (PBL) enhancing your performance skills while performing to public audiences in our state of the art facilities (Space) as part of SERC’s Glass Umbrella Theatre Company (Bangor) and with Sercus Theatre Company (Lisburn) in our Historical Landmark Building, Castle House.

The course is challenging, energetic and industry relevant. A talented teaching team will nurture your talents to encourage you to get the most from the course and realise your true potential.


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Level 3 National Extended Diploma Performing Arts





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Course Modules


Units studied can include:

  • Film and TV Acting
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Performance to an Audience
  • Theatre for Children
  • Devising Plays
  • Audio Performance Acting
  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Performance Workshop
  • Jazz Dance
  • Lighting Operations
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Contemporary/Classical Theatre Performance
  • Movement Skills  


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


Ideal If:

You have a passion for Performing Arts and would like to improve your performance skills to make you more employable in Film, TV, Theatre, Radio, Directing, Teaching, Coaching or Technical Theatre.

You'll Learn:

To develop skills as an actor, through devising, developing ideas and concepts for live performance, drama improvisation, movement, voice and improvisation. You will also learn about the performing arts industry and how to make yourself more employable.

You'll Love:

The variety of units you will study, our amazing facilities and the many opportunities to perform in front of a live audience.

You'll Progress:

To University, Drama School, Conservatoire or to SERC’s HND in Performing Arts.

You'll Need:

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts or 4 GCSE’s at Grade C or above, plus successful outcome at audition/interview (You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C).   


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.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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