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Performing Arts - Musical Theatre (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

A triple threat course where you will refine your skills in singing, danc­ing and act­ing whilst advanc­ing your indi­vid­u­al­i­ty and per­for­mance tech­nique, run at the East­ern School of Per­form­ing Arts (ESPA). You will study and train in a vari­ety of areas includ­ing: singing tech­nique, rehearsal tech­nique, prin­ci­ples of act­ing, sto­ry­telling, devis­ing, bal­let, jazz, com­mer­cial dance and per­form­ing arts as a business.

All assess­ments are writ­ten and devel­oped to enable stu­dents to gain and devel­op prac­ti­cal skills whilst gain­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion. You will under­take an addi­tion­al LAM­DA qual­i­fi­ca­tion to sup­port your pro­gres­sion to sought after dra­ma schools and/​or uni­ver­si­ties and devel­op your per­for­mance skills. LAM­DA qual­i­fi­ca­tions are recog­nised by UCAS and con­tribute towards your points calculation.

ESPA pro­vides indus­try-expe­ri­enced tutors for all their cours­es, enabling stu­dents to devel­op skills required for their next steps. The course is high­ly voca­tion­al and you will spend your days in the rehearsal studio.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and Maths, and a suc­cess­ful audi­tion at one of our audi­tion days.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess’ pro­gramme that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks — sub­ject to course availability
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard — sub­ject to course availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

You will be expect­ed to com­mit to rehearsal sched­ules and some addi­tion­al hours for per­for­mances. You will be required to wear uni­form for class­es as per the essen­tial kit list pro­vid­ed before start­ing the course.

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@?stamford.?ac.?uk should you have any fur­ther ques­tions. Alter­na­tive­ly con­tact the Prin­ci­pal at ESPA, Kel­ly Ann Gor­don on 01780 767696 or admin@?easternschool.?co.?uk

Poten­tial Future Career

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course will allow you to progress to the HND in Per­form­ing Arts at The East­ern School of Per­form­ing Arts or study at pres­ti­gious per­form­ing arts schools. Pre­vi­ous stu­dents have gone on to study at estab­lish­ments such as: Arts Ed, Guild­ford School of Act­ing, Urdang, Per­form­ers Col­lege, Bird Col­lege, Mid­lands Acad­e­my of Dance and Dra­ma, Italia Con­ti, Liv­er­pool The­atre School, Liv­er­pool Insti­tute of Per­form­ing Arts and Stel­la Mann.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Prin­ci­ples of Performance

  • Engag­ing with an audience

  • Intro­duc­tion to pro­fes­sion­al practice

  • Crit­i­cal and con­tex­tu­al studies

  • Pro­duc­tion skills and context

  • Per­for­mance skills and context

  • Prepa­ra­tion for spe­cial­ist study

  • Col­lab­o­ra­tive Per­for­mance Project

  • Devel­op­ing Per­for­mance and Pro­duc­tion Skills

  • Prepar­ing for progression

  • Explo­ration of spe­cial­ist study and context

  • Extend­ed Project


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Dur­ing my course I per­formed at many pres­ti­gious venues such as Drury Lane, Her Majesty’s The­atre and the 02 Are­na. I was award­ed a ful­ly paid schol­ar­ship at Mid­lands Acad­e­my of Dance and Drama.

Megan Thompson-O’Connor



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