Performing Arts Level 3

Course code: RFAM102P

Subject area: Performing Arts

Study level: School Leaver

Course level: 3

Course details

9:00am - 5:00pm

Monday to Friday

11th Sep 2023 - 5th Jul 2024

Abingdon Campus

Contact details

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk

01235 555 585

There are four study options for this module. Backstage Production, Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre. Please specify which you would like to choose when contacted to arrange your interview.

The Level 3 Diploma (1 year) and Extended Diploma (2 years) in Performing & Production Arts qualifications are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts. They provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

This fast-paced course takes place on our Abingdon campus in our Dance Studios and Theatre, not only will you perform in/produce shows, you will also be required to help create and organise particular elements, which will enhance your understanding of the overall arts administration and industry.

We are extremely passionate in ensuring that our training is preparing students for progression, developing them both personally and professionally and most importantly, building their confidence.

Each year you will work collaboratively with the entire department on your Final Major Project, which is a large scale performance. Previous performance pieces include, Legally Blonde, Grease, Fame, The Wedding Singer, 9-5 and many more!

With the option of pursuing a Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting or Backstage Production focused pathway, you will be able to explore a range of skills and techniques to help prepare you for your future progression. Year 1 of study focuses on the development of all skills and explores a range of performance styles. Year 2 of study focuses on progression and supporting learners to prepare for auditions for Higher Education or exploring employment opportunities.

Level 3 Diploma (8 Units) (Year 1)
Unit 1. Principles of performance
Unit 2. Engaging with an audience
Unit 3. Introduction to professional practice
Unit 4. Critical and contextual awareness
Unit 5. Production skills and context
Unit 6. Performance skills and context
Unit 7. Preparation for specialist study
Unit 8. Collaborative performance project

Level 3 Extended Diploma (13 Units) (Year 2)
Unit 9. Developing performance and production skills
Unit 10. Preparing for progression
Unit 11. Exploration of specialist study and context
Unit 12 / 13. Final Major Performance
The course will develop many skills that you will be able to use in the world of work and can be a route towards a career in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance or Technical Theatre. This includes backstage, technical and administrative jobs, in addition to performance. The course also qualifies you for entry to university or drama school, and carries UCAS points. Year 2 students are given intensive support to help prepare for auditions.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above usually including Maths and English. Successful interview.
OR
Level 2 Diploma at Merit or above usually including GCSE maths and English.
Successful interview.

How to prepare for your interview:
When you arrange your interview time you will be asked which pathway you would like to study. This can be either Backstage Production or one of the Performing Arts courses. These are: Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre.

For each of the courses, you will need to prepare:
Backstage Production: Interview Only (No audition piece required). If you have a portfolio of your experiences, you are welcome to bring that with you.
Acting: A monologue lasting approx. 1-2 minutes.
Dance: A dance piece lasting approx. 1-2 minutes.
Musical Theatre: A song, monologue or dance piece lasting approx. 1-2 minutes.

Your audition can take place in our dance studios that are equipped with Bluetooth speakers so please have your music available (phones are fine to use for music).
There is a course fee of £80.00 payable at enrolment which covers a kit and masterclasses. In addition, there will be various day trips offered throughout the year where payment will be taken seperately via WisePay.

In addition to the main course fees there is also an optional residential trip costing approx. £350 (cost given as guidance only.)

As part of your course we may organise trips to assist you with your learning. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate. Bursaries may also available to cover the cost of some trips.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course costs. Call 01235 216 212 for more information.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

16 - 18 Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £30.00
Materials: £30.00

Total Cost: £60.00


19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £7,395.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £30.00
Materials: £30.00

Total Cost: £7,455.00


19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £0.00
Exam Fee: £0.00
Kit / Clothing: £30.00
Materials: £30.00

Total Cost: £60.00

Level 3 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (Performing Arts)
UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) - 36/60/84

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts (Performing Arts)
UCAS points (Pass/Merit/Distinction) - 72/120/168
Units 1–7 of the Level 3 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts will be assessed and internally verified through students’ portfolios of evidence and are subject to UAL Awarding Body’s external quality assurance.
Unit 8, the final unit of the Level 3 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts and Units 12 and 13, the final units of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts will be internally assessed, internally and externally moderated against the assessment and grading criteria for those units.