Musical Theatre Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma

Musical Theatre Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Musical Theatre Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma

Explore musical theatre by looking at a range of performance techniques and skills including singing, acting, dance and performance. You will participate in practical and theoretical workshops to expand your knowledge on practitioners, theories and methods. Focus on all disciplines allows you to develop your confidence and delivery as versatile musical theatre performer. The course offers a wide range of professional performance opportunities, including regular visits to local and national theatres. 

Our Performing Arts Department is locally recognised for its ambition and energy resulting in a wide network of performance events, including, Leeds Carnival, Elland Road Football stadium, Roundhouse Covent Garden in London, Kirkstall Abbey and Trinity Centre. 



Duration 2 years
Study mode Full Time
Start date 09/09/2019
Campus Quarry Hill Campus
Course code 72330-01
Fee 16 - 18: no fee* 19+: £7,395 (19+ fee subject to change) (Advanced Learner Loan Eligible) *Be aware that if you are 18 when you start your studies you may have to pay fees for a year 2 top-up.

What you learn

Course themes:

  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Dance styles focus on Jazz and Urban
  • Singing repertoire
  • Acting styles
  • Audition techniques
  • Conditioning
  • Performing arts in the community
  • Circus aerial and acrobatics (optional)
  • Academic skills in preparation for university, drama or dance school


Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop skills in:

Dance including stamina, flexibility and control, styles and techniques including Jazz, Ballet, Commercial and Lyrical​, plus choreography

Singing including safe singing techniques, vocal health, voice qualities  range, harmonies, dynamics, sight/score reading,  solo/ensemble performance and audition preparation and acting through song.

Acting including Contemporary and Classical theatre, Character creation and text analysis.

Circus including aerial, trapeze, hoop and silk, plus clowning acrobatics

The Musical Theatre lecturers work with each student individually and as a collective to enhance existing skills and develop current techniques, allowing each student to become a versatile performer.

A benefit of our course is the experience working with industry professionals, including:

  • Oliver Tompsett (We Will Rock You, Wicked, Rock of Ages and White Christmas)
  • Amy Lancelot, Creative Engagement at West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Geraldine Connor Foundation
  • Opera North
  • Testament 
  • Songwriters and musicians 

Our students have the opportunity to expand their skills further in enrichment activities. This includes both Explosive Dance Crew, Choir and Circus Arts. Students also have access to a free gym and other fitness classes that run alongside their main study programme.

Part of our course, students have the opportunity to gain work experience at various companies and organisations.

Extra highlights of the course

The Musical Theatre Performance course performs 3 times a year to the general public in professional site specific locations.

Our students are offered professional paid work in the performing arts industry.


How you will be assessed

Students are assessed practically in technique classes, through rehearsals and by performance. You will be assessed through evaluations, essays and log books. 

This Level 3 qualification is assessed via a combination of internal assessment, where tasks are set and marked by your tutors, and external assessment where tasks are set by BTEC and your response to them is marked by BTEC examiners. 

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

From September 2019 Creative Arts courses will be delivered at our new campus at Quarry Hill.

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

You need to be 16 or over and have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C in relevant subjects, including English or a First Diploma in a relevant subject with a Merit/Distinction profile. If you are over 21 or if you possess relevant experience or acceptable alternative qualifications you would be considered as an exceptional entrant.

All applicants will be interviewed at the Park Lane Campus and will be asked to attend a preliminary Musical Theatre workshop.

What's next

Most successful students progress to Higher Education study at college, university or drama school.


Previous students have progressed onto the following institutions:

  • Bird College
  • LIPA
  • Mountview
  • Urdang
  • American School of Musical Theatre
  • Arden
  • E15

Previous student work opportunities:

  • Cruise liners 
  • Disneyland
  • Camp America 
  • National Tours
  • Film and TV



Campus Locations

Quarry Hill Campus

Playhouse Square
West Yorkshire
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.9 MilesWebsite

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