Level 3 90 Credit Performing Arts (Acting)

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £4670, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with a historical context of drama and will enable you to develop and apply a range of acting styles.

You will take part in performance workshops and will develop your vocal and movement skills. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and will work alongside industry experts.


The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career in the industry. It is an opportunity to learn a variety of acting styles, understand what it means to devise and appreciate theatre, perform at the Gala Theatre in Durham and investigate performing arts topics beyond the classroom.

This highly practical qualification will allow you to explore, develop and test your creativity. You will be provided with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to degree level study or employment.


The course consists of compulsory units, including:
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Rehearsing (2 units)
  • Performing.

Specialist units include:
  • Principles of Acting
  • Applying Acting Styles
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Singing
  • Vocal Skills
  • Movement Skills
  • Theatre in Education
  • Devising Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Theatre for Children
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis and the course is delivered through a series of practical projects and assignments, including public performances.

The assignments will be both practical and theoretical throughout the year and you will be expected to set targets and make a record of this. Your work will be assessed internally and externally. You will record your work in your logbook which will help you organise your work and plan for rehearsals, assessments and performance work.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Industry links:

We are very proud of the strong industry links we hold with the West End and many external practitioners. Many of these links provide regular workshops. These sessions will provide you with an insight into the workings of the industry and what can be expected of you in the future.


Undertaking a work placement is a vital part of the course as it allows you to gain an insight into the industry you are studying to work in. A work placement is therefore mandatory and should be the equivalent of 60 hours (two weeks) – it can be taken at any point in the year.
It is strongly suggested that it be taken at the beginning of the year and in holidays to ensure you don’t fall behind in your academic studies.

One of our main placements is at Beamish Museum, this is highly sought after which means that places go very quickly; so in order to avoid disappointment it is best contact them at the beginning of the year. Placements are to be found on your own accord – tutors hold no responsibility for this but will happily guide you and give as much support as possible.

Our students have progressed to study at a range of drama schools, including RSAMD, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Central school of Speech and Drama, The Theatre School of Manchester Metropolitan University, Bretton Hall College, E15 Acting School, Dartington College of Arts, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, The Webber Douglas Academy, Italia Conti Theatre School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Mountview Theatre School.

Many students have also progressed to study foundation degree and bachelor degree programmes at New College Durham or university.

Meet our students

Joel McShane - Performing Arts

Joel McShane

Joel is now studying at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will demonstrate your performance ability and your suitability to the course will be assessed.

What you are expected to do at interview will be outlined in an audition pack that will be sent out prior to your interview date.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English. If you possess a GCSE in drama, you would be required to hold a minimum of a grade C.

This course is accessible to applicants of all ages who possess suitable experience and ability.