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Performance (Acting) Level 4 - UAL Professional Diploma

Level 4
One year
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Awarding body: University of the Arts London (UAL)

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The Professional Diploma in Performance (The Acting Company) is designed for students aged 18+ who aspire to study acting at a specialist drama college, or drama at university.

Course objectives:

  • To develop performance skills appropriate for entry into the creative industries
  • To define artistic ambitions and professional progression opportunities  
  • To build up professional practice and apply professional standards whilst working on creative projects  
  • To achieve a nationally recognised level 4 qualification.

Course outcomes: 

  • Students will, through various practical performance projects, further develop a range of acting, voice and movement skills
  • Students will be assisted in their preparation for auditions
  • Students will engage in a variety of performance projects in professional venues.

Key information

  • A three A-Level programme, which includes Drama
  • An Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Distinction or Merit)
  • Other relevant experience or qualifications as determined by the College's admissions team
  • Entry by interview and audition.

The course is made up of three mandatory units:  

  • Unit one: Applied Professional Practice
  • Unit two: Specialist Performance Practice
  • Unit three: Specialist Performance Project.

To be awarded the Diploma, students must achieve a minimum grade of a Pass.


This qualification is assessed through:  

  • Two internally assessed and verified units (Unit 1 & 2), subject to quality assurance by UAL
  • One internally assessed and verified unit (Unit 3), marked by the Centre and externally moderated by UAL.

Units one and two are graded Pass only. The overall qualification is graded based on unit three and is graded as Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Students of this course have progressed onto nationally acclaimed Drama colleges including Drama Studio London, Arts Educational School London, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds Conservatoire, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, East 15, LAMDA, GSA Conservatoire, LIPA and Rose Bruford. University progression includes Royal Holloway and Exeter University.  

Some students progress onto professional theatre and television work. 

Performing in productions features as part of the course, and past work includes “Lorca’s Women”, “Terrible is the Temptation to Do Good” (a Brecht project), “Blood Wedding”, “Medea”, and “Generation O” (a collection of work by Gary Owen).  

Students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of performances and to take part in workshops with industry professionals. National and regional theatre visits is also a course feature.

Course costs  

A course fee of £500 covers workshops and master classes with industry professionals.

Course duration

This course is delivered over one academic year at our Gorseinon campus but will attend some classes at Swansea’s Grand Theatre.