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Performing Arts: Extended Diploma (Acting or Musical Pathway)

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES - Studies are performance-driven with the opportunity to perform both internally at Nescot and externally. Previous venues have included: Brighton Fringe Festival, G-Live, CLF Art Café, Front Room and Ignite Festival.

Course information

Course Summary

Nescot Performing Arts offers a unique and challenging training experience for creative, aspiring performers.

Course Code:N5591
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Performing Arts: Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Awarded by:UAL (University of the Arts London)
Course Length

Two years

Course Detail

Our work is underpinned with a dedication to create work that is physically daring, emotionally engaging and visually stunning. Here you will learn skills such as physical theatre, contemporary dance, vocal & singing techniques and master the art of acting. We place emphasis on the practical application of these techniques and apply them in a range of performances, practical projects and productions.

You will widen your knowledge of the industry by working with professional companies, attending performances and working from live industry related assignment briefs.

You will be taught by experienced teachers and industry professionals in purpose built fully equipped studios, theatres and classrooms.

Working as a company with a professional ethos, you will receive teaching in a broad range of specialist units that make up the Level 3 Extended Diploma, examples of units studied are Dance Performance, Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers and Contemporary Theatre Performance. You will acquire a variety of techniques that will challenge and enable you to develop your own style in preparation for higher education and a career within the industry.

What you can expect...

  • Based on the principles of a drama school, Forge Theatre and Nexus Ensemble give you the opportunity to experience a professional theatre environment.
  • Specialist workshop opportunities throughout the year including stage combat, script writing, Heels workshops, and Commedia Dell’Arte.
  • All assignments are industry-focused, with an emphasis on performance.
  • Industry-related careers week with talks and workshops from casting agencies, drama schools, equity, performers and producers.
  • Enrich your education with theatre visits, both to watch performances and to have back-stage tours.
  • You will work in state-of-the-art studios and workshops on the main campus.
  • Staff are experienced practitioners who still train and work within the industry.
  • Students practice as a company member and have the opportunity to perform in a number of different shows across the year in a variety of theatres. In the past these have included Lyric Hammersmith.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,520

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Equipment: Students are required to wear Nescot performing arts standard uniform which includes black t-shirt and sweatshirt. The fee for this uniform is approximately £27.50 and can be ordered at Nescot during enrolment. Students will also need a textbook, ballet and tap shoes - approximately £53.

Visits: Enrichment visits will be arranged throughout the programme and will cost in total for the year approximately £80.

Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above. You will also be asked to attend an audition, where you will be required to perform a rehearsed scripted monologue, dance or song.

We also require a good reference from your school alongside your application.

Progressing Students

A level 2 Diploma at Merit, Plus English and Maths. If you are not a progressing from the Level 2 Performing Arts course, you will be required to perform a rehearsed scripted monologue, dance or song. A good reference from your current tutor is also required for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

You may want to progress to higher education in a specialist BA (Hons) or a Higher National programme in Performing Arts at Nescot or in a University or College of Higher Education. Alternatively you may progress into jobs in the Performing Arts in areas such as undertaking session work for musicians, band work, dancing contracts on cruise ships and in clubs, entertainment staff at holiday camps, front of house, box office and marketing work in local theatres.

Potential career routes in the Performing Arts industry:

  • Acting performance
  • Arts administration
  • Box office and front of house in theatres
  • Choreography
  • Classical theatre
  • Communications industry
  • Costume and props technicians
  • Dance performance
  • Entertainment at holiday camps
  • Event management
  • Film
  • Journalist (arts)
  • Marketing
  • Performance on cruise ships
  • Production
  • Script writers
  • Stage & lighting technician
  • Stage combat
  • Stagehand
  • Theatre
  • Vocal performance
Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/2021