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UAL Performing & Production Arts Extended Diploma Level 3 (Second Year)

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 90 Credit 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 performance either in the College theatre or other venues around Bolton.
  • What you'll learn

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    Some units will be studied with the whole level 3 Performing Arts cohort, which will involve the following:
    • Performing to an Audience
    • Rehearsing for Performance
    • Performance Workshop
    • The Healthy Performer
    • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers

    You will also select a preferred performance pathway to specialise in and will study option units in either acting or dance. You will choose either:

    Acting Pathway (Actors only)
    • Principles of Acting
    • Drama Improvisation
    • Theatre for Children
    • Contemporary Theatre Performance
    • Performing with Masks
    • Devising Plays

    Dancing Pathway (Dancers only)
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Jazz Dance
    • Ballet Technique
    • Urban Dance
    • Dance Improvisation
    • Tap Dance

    Throughout the course, you will participate in technique classes aimed at developing your skills in acting, dance or singing. You will practise a range of performance styles, which will help you to become a more experience and confident performer. You will receive regular, developmental feedback from your tutors to ensure that you make excellent progress.

    You will work on a different performance project every term, which may include: Christmas Pantomime, Schools Tour, TV and Film Project, Site-Specific project, Individual Showcase, Dance Show or full-scale Musical.

    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have five GCSE grades 9-4 (A* – C), including English
    Merit/Distinction BTEC 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 written log books.
  • 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 BTEC Performing Arts Extended Diploma. 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 Click here

    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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    Submit an application online by visiting our application form or by clicking on the Apply Now button.
  • Open Events

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    Discover what Bolton College has to offer by attending one of our Open Events:
    • Thursday 17th October 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 5.30pm-8pm

    • Tuesday 4th February 2020, 5.30pm-8pm

    Click here to learn more or to register your attendance for one of our Open Events.
  • 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
    12.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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