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Performing Arts (Performance), Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


Performance students work towards the University of the Arts (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Productions Arts in their first year of study; progressing onto their University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in their second year. The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is allocated 168 UCAS points which is equivalent to 3 full A Levels at grade A*
Through the Performance pathway students will gain a wide range of skills and experiences within a working theatre and by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations. Skills include: Physical Theatre, Body Percussion, Voice and Soundscapes, movement interpretation, analysing text and interpretive skills, contextual awareness, devising, improvisation, communication to an audience, drama school and industry preparation.
Students will be required to attend theory-based classes which develop knowledge and understanding of the performance industry. Key tasks include: learning lines and rehearsing, researching or undertaking activities to help prepare for a part, 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”, audio as well as visual performances, rehearse/polish performances in your own time, managing the day to day running of the theatre, including front of house duties.

Students will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment, including some evenings and occasional weekends.

Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A* - C including GCSE Drama (if taken); plus 9 - 5 in GCSE English. Relevant Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction. Students will audition and be interviewed prior to selection.

Learning Outcomes

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.

They provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.


The course is structured to allow students to experience what life is like working in the creative industries. Students will work intensively on preparation and rehearsal, culminating in regular performances. Through participation in these projects students will develop their acting and performance skills as well as understanding the performing arts as a whole. The projects are often commissioned by outside agencies, as they would a professional acting company. This offers students the opportunity to create work for real stakeholders, giving students a feel for working in the current arts scene.


The University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders.

A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION. The first year (Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (36), MERIT (60), DISTINCTION (84). The second year (Extended Diploma) is allocated the following UCAS points: PASS (72), MERIT (120), DISTINCTION (168). Student work is externally assessed and scrutinised by External Verifiers from the University of the Arts London to ensure that academic standards are adhered maintained.


Successfully completion the Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts in the second year. The design and structure of the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning by choosing an alternative Performing Arts pathway in their second year. For example, provided that they meet the entry requirements and pass an audition, a student could follow the Performing Arts pathway in their first year and then choose to follow the Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting or Production Arts pathway in their second year.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as Rose Bruford, Royal Welsh and East 15 Acting School to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with Theatre Royal Norwich to provide outstanding experience of work and to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.