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Level 3 Diploma in Musical Theatre

This course is designed for students who wish to build upon the three disciplines of acting, singing and dance.
Course description: 

In the first year, students will concentrate on the technical skills required for each discipline. The second year will fuse together the skills to create a variety of musical showcases and productions.

Over the two years, students will study:

  • Musical Theatre performance
  • Rehearsing for performance
  • Performing to an audience
  • Audition Technique
  • The performing arts business
  • Historical context of performance
  • Acting techniques
  • Jazz dance
  • Vocal technique.

Generally classes are practical and workshop based with an integration of theory. All projects will work towards a public performance.

Students will participate in public performances and become part of our theatre company, Platform Productions. The company’s artistic policy is to provide theatre of the highest quality within the local community and beyond. Platform Productions embraces the talents of young people and provides a hub for learning, training and development. Students will gain all the necessary skills and experiences within a working theatre. To view recent productions please check CCN Platform YouTube.

Students are likely to get involved in:

  • Learning lines, lyrics and choreography
  • Researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part
  • Preparing for performances by rehearsing and exercising
  • Develop technique through practice of vocal and physical exercises
  • Application of melody, harmony, rhythm and voice production
  • Discussing and interpreting choreography;
  • Perform both solo and choral/group work
  • Build own repertoire
  • Taking care of the health and safety of yourself and others, which requires knowledge and observation of physiology and anatomy, as well as safe use of premises and equipment to avoid injury
  • Discussing interpretation and delivery with other members of the company and the director;
  • Performing for a live audience
  • Performing in a theatre or 'on location'
  • Rehearse/polish performances in your own time
  • Managing the day to day running of the theatre, including front of house duties

Students will spend approximately eighteen hours a week at College with tutors in taught sessions and rehearsals. Students will be expected to match this time with their own rehearsal, preparation and research each week.

During production periods students will be expected to spend more time at the College in order to undertake and keep to rehearsal schedules. It is essential as a performing arts student that you see as much theatre as you can, and we arrange regular trips to the theatres across to see a variety of work produced. 

Entry requirements: 

Applicants should have at least four GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English), BTEC or UAL Level 2 in a related subject or an equivalent qualification. 

Students will also be expected to attend an audition/interview workshop day, where they will be required to participate in practical activities, perform a prepared audition piece and undertake a short interview.


The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre offers training in the three disciplines of acting, dance and singing. The course is vocational which means students will undertake the role of a performer throughout the two years.


Assessment is on-going throughout the course and requires students to complete projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Assessment activities that students may undertake include participating in practical workshops, rehearsals, performances, coursework, research, keeping journals, writing essays, giving presentations, discussing and evaluating work.

Academic progression: 

Following this one year UAL Level 3 Diploma, students will have the equivalent of 1.5 A-Levels. Following this, the UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre offers the equivalent of 3 A-Levels in total.

Upon completion of both one year programmes, if a student decides to go to university or college they could take a Degree, Foundation Degree or study at a vocational dance or drama school. Students could keep up musical theatre as their subject or specialise in one of the disciplines of dance, music, acting or production.

We have developed strong links with vocational schools who have delivered workshops with our performers and offered invaluable career advise. Previous schools have included Bird College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East 15, Performers College, Urdang, GSA, Mountview and Arts Ed.

Career progression: 

UAL Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education institutions (universities and vocational schools). For students who wish to get a job straight away, it is possible to access careers in Theatre Entertainment, Performance Support, Arts Administration, Workshop leadership and support.

To become a professional performer, a further three years training at university or vocational school is recommended.

This is a Level 3 course:
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Course: Performing and Creative Arts
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Start date: 
Thursday, 1 September 2016
One year