Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre) Courses - Birmingham & Black Country - Sandwell College

Full Time

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre)

Musical Theatre

2 years

Central Campus


Course summary

This course is aimed at students who want to continue their learning via the creative world of Performance. The nature of the course demands total commitment and high levels of energy from students. Full-scale productions are staged each term for a variety of different audiences. This two-year, full-time course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and offers the opportunity to cover the practical as well as the theoretical areas of musical theatre. If you are passionate about the arts and enjoy musical theatre performance, then this could be the course for you.

Course requirements

You’ll need four or more GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, including English, and/or a Level 2 qualification or equivalent. All prospective students will be invited to attend an audition workshop before being offered a place.

This course provides a broad understanding of the Performing Arts sector and teaches the skills and knowledge required to succeed on stage. You will work closely with other students in groups as well as on your own initiative, and you must be willing to experiment and explore new topics. Among the 18 units you may study on the course are: Acting Skills, Dance Skills, Singing Skills and Rehearsing for Performance.

Students have opportunities to see professional performances in the West End and locally. You also have opportunities to engage with community and local authority organisations. Past students have taken part in projects with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. Students have recently gained places at top drama schools such as ALRA following successful auditions.

Learning methods include practical drama workshops, theatre productions, private study, tutorials, theatre visits and class work.

Most students have university or drama school as a target at the end of their studies, and past students have gone on to join degree-level courses across the country, including at Birmingham School of Acting, ALRA, De Montfort University, and Stratford-upon-Avon College.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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