Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 3
Start Date:
72 weeks

Course Sheets

Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

Standard college entry requirements for Level 3 and a successful audition.
What the interview will involve
There will be a practical audition process where you will take part in a group activity (this could be dance or acting based.) You will have the opportunity to showcase a monologue, solo song or dance lasting approx. 1 min. This may be in front of other candidates. Following this you will have a 1:1 interview with a subject tutor.
What you will learn

There are four mandatory learning and teaching modules delivered across the 2 years of the course. Within these modules there are ten assessed units.  

Year 1  
Module A - Performing Arts Skills Development  

  • A1 Exploring Performance Styles  
  • A2 Creating Performance Material  
  • A3 Performing for an Audience  


Module F - The Performing Arts Industry  

  • F16 Planning a Career in the Industry  


Year 2 

Module G - Personal Performing Arts Profile  

  • G17 Using Development Plans to Refine Skills  
  • G18 Producing a Personal Project  
  • G19 Using Material for Self-promotion and Networking  


Module H Collaborative Performing Arts Project  

  • H20 Undertaking a Defined Creative or Administrative Role  
  • H21 Using Creative Collaboration to Develop a Project  
  • H22 Producing a Collaborative Project 
How you will learn
You will learn through a mixture of practical skill building and creative workshops; lectures; rehearsal and performance opportunities and in collaboration with external companies/ professionals through industry projects. You will also have academic tutorials with a subject tutor throughout the course where your progress will be reflected on and targets set.
Work placement

The Extended Diploma, is equivalent in size to three A Levels and attracts UCAS points that meet entry requirements for those who want to progress to higher education courses. The course content also prepares leaners for entry level employment, with opportunities to network and build promotional material.  

Areas of further study and employment include:  

  • Performance  
  • Theatre Studies  
  • Dance  
  • Drama  
  • Dance Culture and Choreography  
  • Acting  

There may be a cost for purchasing equipment or uniform for this course. Find out about financial support available.

Qualifications you will get

After two years of study you will get a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice, equivalent to 3 A Levels.  Grades range is between PPP and D*D*D*, if you achieve the top grade of D*D*D* it is worth 168 UCAS Points. 

This qualification attracts UCAS Tariff points.  

As a performing arts student you will also have access to Digital Theatre Plus where you can watch recordings of professional works and access resources that may support you with your studies and wider performing arts appreciation.  

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