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UAL Diploma in Performing Arts Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    Can you picture yourself on the stage, the screen or even behind the camera? If you are a creative and ambitious individual, our performing arts courses will help you to break into this competitive industry.

    During this one-year course, you’ll have the opportunity to work towards the Level 3 Diploma in stages that will build and develop your skills.

    Work experience is an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work. All the practical work will be leading towards public performances, either in the College theatre, or other venues around Bolton.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will explore and analyse what goes into becoming a professional performer or technician. There are 8 units that you will study over the year with us, which will include practical and theoretical sessions, including:
    • Introduction to Performance/Introduction to Production
    • Communicating with an audience
    • Staging a Performance
    • Performance Skills and Practice
    • Producing and Performing to an Audience

    You will also select a preferred performance pathway to specialise in. You will choose either the Acting pathway (with a strong emphasis on acting for camera, as well as live theatre) or our unique Dance and Acting pathway. If you would like to specialise in backstage work, you will be given relevant training and the opportunity to work on a range of shows. You will participate in a range of technique classes, projects and productions including:

    Acting Pathway
    • Improvisation
    • Voice classes/Movement classes
    • Acting Styles
    • Classical Theatre
    • Contemporary Theatre
    • Masks and Comedy
    • Acting for Camera

    Dance and Acting Pathway
    • Jazz Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Urban Dance
    • Tap Dance
    • Dance and Drama Improvisation
    • Physical Theatre
    • Choreographing Dance
    • Musical Theatre

    You will work towards a full-scale production towards the end of the year, which may include:
    Contemporary Theatre Production, Dance Show, Musical Theatre Production.

    Other projects throughout the year include:
    Theatre for Children, Schools Tour, TV and Film Project, Site-Specific project, Directing and Choreography projects.
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have five GCSE grades 9-4 (A* – C), including English
    Merit/Distinction Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts.
    Prior experience of dance classes, singing lessons or theatre work would be an advantage.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    There’ll be continuous assessment throughout the course. You’ll be assessed on your practical work in class, public performances and your log books or vlogs.

    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your
    • English and Maths (continued until the achievement
    of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance,
    communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living,
    volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our Tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the ‘apply’ button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details a Tutor will contact you by phone. Please be aware that our number will be displayed as unknown/private/withheld
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services.
    These include
    • FREE travel

    • FREE breakfast

    • dedicated Learning Development Mentors

    • impartial advice and guidance

    • dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs

    • support with the cost of College

    plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could progress onto the UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. This is our second course at Level 3 and lasts for one year. On completion of the Extended Diploma Level 3, you will be able to apply for higher education courses or further training.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study you could work as a:
    • Actor, entertainer or presenter and you could earn an average of around £34,000 per year depending on experience and role.
    • A Stage Manager, earning between £18,000 and £45,000 a year.
    • A Choreographer, with your salary dependent on experience, reputation and the production you’re working on.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you're a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.

    The College recognises the need to reward your hard work, dedication and achievement as well as good attendance and punctuality.

    The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre is now part of the University Of Bolton Group and students can undertake a range of activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and much more; if you work hard, there's a good chance you could enjoy these activities too.
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    14.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    33 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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