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UAL Diploma in Performing Arts Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

    Can you picture yourself on the stage, the screen or even behind the camera? If you are a creative and ambitious individual, our performing arts courses will help you to break into this competitive industry.

    During this one-year course, you’ll have the opportunity to work towards the Level 3 Diploma in stages that will build and develop your skills.

    Work experience is an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work. All the practical work will be leading towards public performances, either in the College theatre, or other venues around Bolton.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will explore and analyse what goes into becoming a professional performer or technician. There are 8 units that you will study over the year with us, which will include practical and theoretical sessions, including:
    • Introduction to Performance/Introduction to Production
    • Communicating with an audience
    • Staging a Performance
    • Performance Skills and Practice
    • Producing and Performing to an Audience

    You will also select a preferred performance pathway to specialise in. You will choose either the Acting pathway (with a strong emphasis on acting for camera, as well as live theatre) or our unique Dance and Acting pathway. If you would like to specialise in backstage work, you will be given relevant training and the opportunity to work on a range of shows. You will participate in a range of technique classes, projects and productions including:

    Acting Pathway
    • Improvisation
    • Voice classes/Movement classes
    • Acting Styles
    • Classical Theatre
    • Contemporary theatre
    • Masks and Comedy
    • Acting for Camera

    Dance and Acting Pathway
    • Jazz Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Urban Dance
    • Tap Dance
    • Dance and Drama Improvisation
    • Physical Theatre
    • Choreographing Dance
    • Musical Theatre

    You will work towards a full-scale production towards the end of the year, which may include:
    Contemporary Theatre Production, Dance Show, Musical Theatre Production.

    Other projects throughout the year include:
    Theatre for Children, Schools Tour, TV and Film Project, Site-Specific project, Directing and Choreography projects.
  • What qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?

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    UAL Diploma in Performing &
    Production Arts Level 3
  • How will I be assessed?

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    There’ll be continuous assessment throughout the course. You’ll be assessed on your practical work in class, public performances and your log books or vlogs.

    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement
    of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance,
    communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living,
    volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could progress onto the UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts. This is our second course at Level 3 and lasts for one year. On completion of the Extended Diploma Level 3, you will be able to apply for higher education courses or further training.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following further study you could work as a:
    • Actor, entertainer or presenter and you could earn an average of around £34,000 per year depending on experience and role.
    • A Stage Manager, earning between £18,000 and £45,000 a year.
    • A Choreographer, with your salary dependent on experience, reputation and the production you’re working on.
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have five GCSE grades 9-4 (A* – C), including English
    Merit/Distinction Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts.
    Prior experience of dance classes, singing lessons or theatre work would be an advantage.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

    During their last inspection, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.


    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Theatre Trips
    • Performances at high-profile events (such as the Bolton Food & Drink Festival)
    • Backstage Tours
    • Film Club

    Further information

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • Wella-approved hair salons

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

    Number 1 for Achievement Rates

    We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications.

    Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

    On our last inspection we were graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.
  • I'm interested, what do I need to do next?

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    Simply click here to apply online.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    12.25 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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