Level 3 National Extended Diploma Performing Arts Practice

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.


Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 10480
Campus: Bangor, Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Performing Arts

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Full-Time
Bangor
02/09/2024
Full-Time
Lisburn
02/09/2024
Course Overview

 

With the emphasis on live performance, you will develop both practical and theoretical skills through study of 10 units that make up the National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice. 100% of this course is internally assessed, meaning no external exams.

This course is highly practical and focused on providing graduates with the skills to progress either to further training, or directly into the industry.

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 creative hub, the Historical Landmark Building, Castle House.

Over the last few years, the department has been expanding its international links to enable students the opportunity to travel and gain practical, professional experience. In recent years, students have been provided the opportunity to go on trips to Barcelona, London, and Dublin, with all expenses paid, and we hope to expand this as we move forward. The course is challenging, energetic and industry relevant.

A talented teaching team, each of whom have worked professionally within the industry, will nurture your talents to encourage you to get the most from the course and realise your full potential.

 

 

The modules studied for the Extended Diploma provide staff and students the opportunity to tailor your performance and production styles to best suit the learning needs of the current students.

Each year includes a number of public performances, as well as the opportunity to develop your own performance material. In previous years, students have had the opportunity to work with local, professional companies allowing students to gain contacts and experience in a professional environment.

Units studied can include:

Exploring Performance Styles

Creating Performance Material

Performing for a Audience

Planning a Career in the Industry

Using Development Plans to Refine Skills

Producing a Personal Project

Using Material for Self-promotion and Networking

Undertaking a Defined Creative or Administrative Role

Using Creative Collaboration to Develop a Project

Producing a Collaborative Project

 

Throughout your course, you will also be involved in a range of projects designed to improve your employability. These projects will enable you to achieve further, personal development qualifications to help enhance your CV.

 

You have a passion for Performing Arts and would like to improve your performance skills. Our course also develops important skills for life and work in a fun, practical, and enjoyably challenging environment.

The industry specific skills that you learn will make you more employable in Film, TV, Theatre, Radio, Directing, Teaching, Coaching or Technical Theatre.

However, all students will grow in confidence, gain communication skills, and become more well-rounded and self-assured adults.

 

To develop skills as an actor, through devising, developing ideas and concepts for live performance, drama improvisation, movement, voice, and improvisation.

The majority of our classes are practical where you are given the freedom to explore a variety of performance styles.

Any written work will allow you to further develop and evaluate your practical skills and you will be encouraged to independently expand your knowledge of those topics that you find most interesting. Along with the practical skills needed to enter the performance industry, you will also learn about surviving in this business.

We look at various routes to enter the industry, a large variety of jobs roles that you have the opportunity of pursuing, as well as how to network and develop your own portfolio and resources to help promote yourself.

 

The variety of units you will study, our amazing facilities and the many opportunities to perform in front of a live audience. Every year group is different and this course provides the flexibility for us as a team of practitioners to both expand your knowledge of your favourite performance styles, as well as the opportunity to introduce you to many avenues of the industry that you may have never considered.

Your input is valued, and the wide, professional experience of our teaching team will provide you with an eclectic and comprehensive array of styles and opportunities to explore.

Successful completion of this programme will provide each student with the equivalent of 3 A Levels, allowing them the opportunity to either progress directly into a number of avenues of employment, or also into Higher Education.

Many previous students have progressed onto University, Drama School, Conservatoire or to SERC’s HND in Performing Arts.

 

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or an equivalent (such as a BTEC L2 Diploma, including the L2 Diploma in Performing Arts),

plus successful outcome at audition/interview

If you do not currently hold a GCSE or equivalent in Numeracy, Literacy, or ICT, you will have the opportunity to achieve these qualifications alongside your Level 3 Extended Diploma.

 

 

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Full-Time
Bangor
02/09/2024
Full-Time
Lisburn
02/09/2024

Enquiries Information

For more information or help with this course send us an enquiry and a member of our team will get back in touch.

Available Sessions

Course Type Title Campus Start Spaces Apply or get more information
FT
FE
Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice
Y10480BF1A

Bangor

02/09/2024
18
FT
FE
Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice
Y10480LF1A

Lisburn

02/09/2024
18

Please select a campus from the list above to view the available sessions.

Customer Enquiries

Need more information or have a question about this course? Send us a message below and we will get in touch.

Start New Enquiry

Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

Further Education

Further Education

If you have just completed your GCSEs, Further Education is most likely the option for you. FE covers qualifications from entry to higher level qualifications such as Awards, Certificates, Diplomas, NVQ, BTEC and Apprenticeships.

Explore Further Education