Performing Arts (L3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

The UAL (University of the Arts London) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a two year course and is equivalent to three A Levels in the UCAS points system. You will be provided with a breadth of study across the disciplines of dance, acting and singing covering a range of skills such as:

  • Acting technique
  • Classical theatre
  • Singing technique
  • Contemporary movement
  • Musical theatre performance
  • Theatre for children
  • Scripted performance
  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble singing
  • Jazz
  • Devising
  • Ballet

Although the emphasis is on practical and performance work, you will need to complete written assignments and develop your skills as an informed and reflective practitioner through evaluative logbooks and rehearsal diaries. You will learn to evaluate and comment critically on both professional work and your own creative practice, gaining insight into the wider performing arts industry through contextual and industry studies.

You will take part in a wide range of performances which include small scale sharing of work as well as larger productions in outside venues.


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Entry Requirements

Performing Arts Level 2 Diploma - Merit.

A grade C in GCSE English is essential.

A proven interest and experience in performing arts and membership of a non-school based performance group is recommended.

Course Delivery

Your learning is assessed by projects set by your lecturers. You will complete these throughout your course using many different types of methods, such as real-life production scenarios, journals, projects, presentations and performances.

During the course of the year you will have opportunities to attend local productions and notable performances in Stratford and London. Trips organised are dependent on performances available during the year.

Workshops arranged will relate specifically to the Level 3 course and vary depending on the focus of your term.

Wednesday afternoons provide students with additional opportunities to work with a range of professional practitioners. Previous sessions have included: Acting for TV and Film, Voice for Radio, Musical Theatre Dance Rep, One to One Audition Coaching and Bilingual Welsh Projects.

The Level 3 Performing Arts course is based within the Arts Block at the Gorseinon campus. It is a full time course focused around taught lessons and project work. As part of the Level 3 program you will also study the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate. 

Progression Opportunities

You could progress to the Level 4 Musical Theatre or the Diploma in Performance (Level 4) course at the College.

Students from GPA have progressed onto a variety of prestigious universities and specialist colleges. Offers include places at Mountview, Arts Ed, RADA, Laine Theatre Arts, East 15, LIPA, RWCMD, Bird College, Rose Bruford, Urdang, GSA, The Emil Dale Academy and London Studio Centre.

University offers include: University of Chichester, Trinity St David - Cardiff, Arden School of Acting - Manchester University, University of Cumbria, University of Gloucestershire, Blackpool and Fylde College, University of South Wales, Birmingham City University, University of Portsmouth, St Mary’s University Twickenham and Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Additional Information

Due to the nature of the course we have a studio fee of £150 per year of study. The course costs enable us to book theatre trips, provide workshop opportunities and invite in industry professional guest speakers and costs related to producing shows.

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