Where will this course lead?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma programme is a vocational course covering all aspects of dance including choreography, performing and professional practice. Delivered by experienced and specialised performing arts professionals you will be able to build upon your previous performance experience supporting your progression to university, stage school or employment.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 12 units. Nine units are completed for the Diploma in year one and 12 units for the Extended Diploma across the two years. You will have weekly classes in ballet, contemporary and jazz dance which will develop your technique as well as choreography, rehearsal an portfolio workshops for the completion of your units through performance projects. Previous performance projects include repertoire, dance and music collaboration, site-specific, audition preparation and two full length dance and showcase performances.

How will this course be delivered?

The majority of the programme is delivered through practical sessions, tutorials, rehearsals and performances. You are also required to complete written work for these projects which includes research, presentations, reflections and evaluations on your process which demonstrates your understanding of the context, processes and subject matters being studied.

What qualifications will I get?

Year 1 - UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performance and Production Arts (Dance)
Year 2 - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performance and Production Arts (Dance)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous and is linked to your rehearsal, performance and production work as well as your portfolio. In year 1 there are three main projects and in year two there are two.  There are no exams on the course as you are continuously being assessed on both the practical and portfolio work.  Attendance and application in all areas is essential for successful completion.

How do I get a place on the course?

You will need to apply for the course either in College or on the College website. You will alos need to attend a workshop day at the College where you will be required to participate in technique class and prepare a solo.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have a least one of the following:
• 4 GCSEs at grade C / grade 4 or above, including English Language.  
• Level 2 qualification in a relevant vocational subject area and GCSE English Language at grade C / grade 4 or above.

You are also required to attend an interview and audition.  

What else do I need to know?

The course is hard work, but fun, enjoyable and highly rewarding. All sessions are held within professional performing arts studios with access to the campus theatres for performances.

Trinity Level 3 Certificate in Graded Examination in Acting
Performing arts students from Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre disciplines who have achieved a grade 4/grade C in their English and Maths GCSEs now have option to study towards a Level 3 Trinity College London Acting exam, in addition to their primary UAL qualification. This exam awards students additional UCAS points as well as enhancing their performance skills. The exam itself takes the form of a solo performance requiring students to perform two extracts from different plays and participating in an improvisation, which will further support students audition preparation.

What can I do after this course?

The course will enable you to progress on to higher education courses in performing arts at Stratford-upon-Avon College, university or stage school or into other industry occupations. One-to-one support is given to each student in the 2nd Year with regards to UCAS and employment applications to allow all students continue on their chosen journey.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time

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