Course Info

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

Entry Qualifications

See Standard Entry Qualifications.

For our level 3 course, you are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English. If you were unsuccessful in achieving your GCSE in maths, you will be able to retake this during your time at college.

You will also be required to undertake an interview and join our fun, full-day audition and write a short 500 word piece explaining a little about yourself and why you want to be a performer.


2 Years

Course Content

Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and knowledge preparing you for progression into University/Drama School and employment within the Performing Arts.

If you are passionate about Musical Theatre, you will be studying:

● Solo singing

● Contemporary dance

● Jazz dance

● Acting

● Audition preparation

● Ensemble singing

● Tap

● Voice

And more...!

Your Unique Experience

The whole team is really excited to be joining you on the next step of your journey into the Performing Arts.

We really want you to enjoy your time with us and to be the very best version of yourself that you can possibly be. We will support you, challenge you and open your eyes to the potential for a fantastic and varied future in the Performing Arts industry.

At Clarendon Sixth Form college, we are more like a family and you will find very quickly that you make a lot of very close friends and find a special place with people who share your passion and your dream.

The staff at Clarendon Sixth Form college have supported their previous students in reaching their goals and securing places at top UK Drama schools, including: ALRA, Arden School of Theatre, Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

From 2018, Arts Ed will be holding their auditions here at Clarendon Sixth Form college and have kindly agreed to give FREE auditions to ALL Clarendon Sixth Form students!


Black T shirts

Loose fitting black tracksuit or black jogging trousers and black sweatshirt

Trainers / running shoes

Water bottle

Digital voice recorder (not your mobile) for recording singing and lectures

Ring binder folders with A-4 paper and pens

Memory stick/USB


Black Suit

One pair of black shoes - (plain - not Dr Martens)

One white shirt


One black, full length skirt

One pair of black shoes - (heel - no higher than 1”)

Many classes will be in bare feet and you may want to bring along a towel and bottled water.

More than just a Course

In these dreams our future begins

The Performing Arts landscape is changing. And so are we.

The new needs;

As the Skills Gap continues to widen, many education providers are investing in STEM subjects. Whilst this is clearly a vital area for development, surveys conducted by EEF, UCKES and CIPD demonstrate a growing need for young people with more than technical knowledge.

Employers are demanding a workforce that can be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of business and industry.

These skills, often termed ‘soft skills’, include effective communication, time management, team & leadership skills, creativity & problem solving skills and an ability to work under pressure to deadlines. All of these skills easily developed within vocational Performing Arts courses, making pro-active, innovative and creative Level 3 graduates more than performers and hugely employable.

Which is why graduates from Level 3 Performing Arts courses succeed not only within the core industry, but also in sales & marketing, NHS, Politics, Armed Forces and more.

Increasing Opportunity in Employment;

Whilst the nature of the Performing Arts industry remains vulnerable and unreliable, new digital technology has significantly increased opportunities of employability for young people; locally the move of the BBC alone is estimated by KPMG to have increased UK gross value added by £277million in just one year, with an additional 2,500 jobs. Furthermore, the development of Media City is seen as powering the digital economy.

The opportunities for young people to gain meaningful employment and work-experience in an employment sector in which they have a passion have never been more present and as a provider of vocational education, Clarendon Sixth Form College are perfectly placed to support these young people.


Students will learn from staff with many years’ of professional performance experience at high level in TV, FILM and Theatre.

Staff will bring with them and instil the culture of professional rehearsal etiquette – the student experience will feel much more like Director and Performer and less like student and teacher.

Special Features

You have the opportunity to be involved in at least 10 Public Performances, including a Christmas Café Theatre piece, 1 BIG Musical and 1 contemporary play

Enrichment that includes: Fight Club- Stunt and stage combat work, including unarmed and rapier & dagger training, Dance Club- A wide selection of dance including: Ballet, street, modern, ballroom and tap. A fantastic opportunity for you to develop dance and fitness, for fun or at a higher level, Song Club- Fun, weekly singing sessions to improve your voice and to have an opportunity to sing in public, as part of a choir or as a solo performer, Audition class- Essential for your progression into drama school. This is led by an experienced and professional acting coach and author with many years’ experience supporting young people, just like you, into gaining a place at the top UK drama schools.

Course Format

This is a full time course, which we approach in a very practical way. Although there is not a lot of written work, you will be required to write a Log Book, keep a diary and write essays.

The majority of your assessments will be through your performances, many of which will be to public audiences. Recent performance venues have included the main stage at the Royal Exchange Theatre, the main stage at the Trafford centre and of course, in our own beautiful 200 seat theatre with new professional sound and lighting equipment.


On successful completion of this qualification, many young people progress into Higher Education at Drama School or University, where they continue to train to become professional performers, or train as teachers or professional coaches.

Many young people move immediately into industry and can often be seen on stage and television.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.