Performing Arts: Acting Pathway Level 3 Full-time (FACT)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC547
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This Extended Diploma in Performing Arts provides you with opportunities to develop and showcase your acting skills. Whether you want to tread the cobbles of ‘Coronation Street’, play a role in the next award winning TV drama or film, reinterpret the classics at the Royal Shakespeare Company or the National Theatre, tour the country’s regional theatres, or form your own theatre company – whatever type of actor you aspire to be, this is the course for you!

You will specialise in acting and will explore contemporary, classical and experimental theatre styles. You will get the chance to perform in our versatile venue, The Electric Theatre, as well as our more intimate studio performance space.

You will work on specialist projects, as well as large scale public performances each year, in The Electric Theatre. Our Performing Arts and Production Arts students work closely with each other and you will develop transferable skills such as communication skills and self-confidence, becoming an excellent team-player and problem solver, as well as developing your specialist skills.


The acting course is highly practical and allows you to develop diverse acting skills, to give you the best chance of a fantastic career in performing arts. The course provides you with opportunities to develop your creativity, performance skills, audition preparation and professional training. You will explore a range of performance styles which may include: Stanislavski, improvisation, Brecht, Shakespeare, film and TV, through to work on a variety of different projects.

How will it be delivered?

You will be assessed through coursework and practical demonstrations such as performances in several public shows, as well as private class assessments throughout the year. Public performances will take place in the evenings.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 including GCSE English and maths
  • Relevant experience and a successful audition
  • Successful interview

Your next steps...

On completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, you will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts industry. The qualification attracts 72, 120 and 168 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively, which is equivalent to three A Levels.

Previous students have progressed to some of the most prestigious specialist training in the country at centres such as Italia Conti, Guildhall, Arden, East 15, as well as to universities such as Manchester Metropolitan, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Lincoln, Salford, Edge Hill, Sheffield Hallam.

You may want to progress to Higher Education courses with postgraduate study in a range of specialist areas such as teaching, directing, events management and drama therapy.

This course could form the successful foundations of a career in acting. You could work as:

  • An actor in a range of entertainment industries
  • In touring and producing theatre companies
  • A performer in theatre, film, TV, video, radio, street entertainments or theatre
  • In education
  • A holiday or cruise ship entertainer
  • A director
  • A teacher
  • Voice over artist or specialising in areas such as voice/dialect coach, stage combat and drama therapy