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Performing and Production Arts UAL Level 3 Diploma (Acting Pathway)

Performing Arts Advanced (Level 3 )Acting Pathway


Acting Advanced (Level 3)

The level 3 Diploma in Performing & Production Arts – Acting is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in industry.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and supportive.

You will undergo an extensive programme of training, exercises and activities, which will equip you for working within a range of performance situations. Each project is designed to give you an insight into the professional world of the performing arts. Throughout your course you will develop a ‘toolkit’ of essential skills and techniques as a foundation to your professional performance work.

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


  • 4 GCSEs grades 9–4 or equivalent, including English.
  • Entry will also be subject to passing a practical audition. You must prepare a piece to perform (from a published play) lasting 1 to 2 minutes.

Desirable:  maths grade 9 – 4.

What qualification will I gain?

UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts.

How will I be assessed?
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Practical assessments and public performances
  • A portfolio of supporting academic evidence

Course content

What will I study?

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


Year 2:

  • Unit 9: Developing performance and Production Skills
  • Unit 10: Preparing for Progression
  • Unit 11: Exploration of Specialist Study and Context
  • Unit 12: Extended Project

Next steps

Course progression:

Degree level study, direct entry into industry and/or further training.

Career progression:

Careers can range, depending on your chosen specialism and pathway. Career prospects can include an actor/performer, scriptwriter, voice actor, director and many more.

Additional information

Our students are invited on two trips a year, this ranges from West End theatre shows visits to select drama schools.

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 04/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 04/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Apply now
Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: This course could be funded, for more information call us on 0345 658 8990 or use the Livechat below.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Tresham College Performing Arts Acting Level 3
Performing Arts


I love acting because I enjoy taking on different personas – it’s fun to be who you want to be! Although I always knew I wanted to come to college rather than study A-Levels, it has had so much more to offer than I originally thought.

The College invited the professional theatre company behind the London production, Frantic, to come in and put on a taster session. I was one of only 12 out of 100 students to get through the initial stage and attend four days in London getting this variety show ready for production. One exercise we had to do for the taster was to pretend there was tar on our bodies and try to get it off, while set to music. Once in London we were given various stage roles from lighting to sound and curtain operating.

Our tutors are very supportive and provide positive criticism and advice, as they are all from theatre backgrounds. There is a lot of opportunity at College to develop in your own way, but with high standards still in place.

I’m considering going to drama school when this course finishes. After that I’d like to get into a theatre-based role and become an Actor one day.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

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