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Musical Theatre Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


Students work towards the University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production 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.

You will study:
Musical Theatre Performance
Rehearsing for Performance
Performing to an Audience
Audition Technique
The Performing Arts Business
Historical Context of Performance
Acting Techniques
Contemporary Theatre
Jazz Dane
Vocal Technique
Generally, classes are practical and workshop based with an integration of theory. All projects will work toward 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 and development. Students will again all the necessary skills and experiences within a working theatre. To view recent productions follow @CCNMusical Theatre on Twitter and CCN on You Tube.

Why Our College?

Real Theatre Environment

Our theatre hosts over 18 student performances to members of the public each year.

Awarded by the UAL

All of our performing arts courses are awarded by the University of the Arts London.

Production Stage Management

Our students design and manage the sets, lighting, sound and general running for each student performance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A* - C; 9-4 in GCSE English. Relevant Level 2 Diploma at minimum Merit, plus 9-4 in GCSE English. 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 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.


The University of the Arts (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 proactively 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 as: 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 (UAL) to ensure that academic standards are adhered to and maintained.


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

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London (UAL) 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 Lamda, East 15 Acting School and GSA 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 and apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the production and performing arts industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers.


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.