Where will this course lead?

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma programmes are vocational courses covering all aspects of performance in a stimulating environment, developing your current vocal, acting and dance skills and techniques to a more detailed and in-depth level over two academic years.

Delivered by knowledgeable and experienced Performing Arts professionals, you will be able to build upon your previous performance experience and develop your creative skills as a performer, standing you in good stead for professional Stage School, University and industry employment.

What will I study?

During the course you will explore a range of units, 8 units in the first year and 4 units in the second year, some of the skills you will learn will include:

- Performance to an Audience
- Rehearsing for Performance
- Principles of Acting
- Musical Theatre Performance
- Classical Theatre Performance
- Contemporary Theatre Performance
- Performing Arts Business
- Dance Performance
- Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers

You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions to a live audience and gain work experience within the Performing Arts industry. You will also benefit from theatre trips, backstage tours and visits from Performing Arts practitioners.

How will this course be delivered?

The majority of this course is taught through practical work and performance. However, you will also have written tasks such as research, presentations and journals, which will support your practical work and understanding of texts and practitioners. The Performing Arts facilities consist of a fully equipped dance studio, drama studio and theatre.

You will study up to a maximum of 20 hours per week over a maximum of 4 days. Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but may vary.

Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.

There are 12 units across the two years of the programme.  

What qualifications will I get?

You will achieve a UAL Diploma or Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts at pass, merit or distinction.  The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels and is a valid qualification to progress to higher education.

How will I be assessed?

All 12 units will be internally assessed and internally verified through student's portfolios of evidence and are subject to UAL Awarding body's external quality assurance.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by attending an interview and a taster workshop.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements for the course are 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, one of which must be English Language, along with a successful interview and school report.

What else do I need to know?

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes. If you achieve a grade D/3 at GCSE for either of these subjects then you will be required to enrol on a resit class and prepare to retake your GCSE exam. If you achieve below a D/3 grade then you will enrol on an appropriate Functional Skills course. Extra support is also available.

You will be required to make a payment towards the costs of trips and visits to a variety of venues. You will be required to provide suitable practical clothing to include black jazz pants and or plain jogging bottoms and black jazz dance shoes. You will also be required to buy a Solihull College Performing Arts uniform. This consists of a T Shirt and/or hoodie that can be worn in practical sessions, backstage and front of house for performances. (Solihull College Performing Arts clothing is subject to availability and costs at time of ordering).

You will need to provide all basic stationery including pens, pencils, notebook, plastic wallets, folders etc. to help create your course portfolio and to use during sessions. If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

What can I do after this course?

This course will enable you to progress on to higher education courses in Performing Arts at University or professional Stage School, or into teaching or other industry occupations. One to one support will be given to each student with UCAS and employment applications to allow all students continue their chosen journey.


Blossomfield Campus

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Study Mode

Full Time


Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.

What’s Involved?

A Director chooses writers, scripts, technical staff and performers, and assumes overall responsibility for completion of project on time and within budget. They direct actors, designers, camera team, sound crew and other production and technical staff to achieve desired effects. They break script into scenes and formulate a shooting schedule that will be most economical in terms of time, location and sets. They also prepare rehearsals and production schedules for main events, design of sets and costumes, technical rehearsals and dress rehearsals. They ensure necessary equipment, props, performers and technical staff are on set when required. They also manage health and safety issues. They select, contract, market and arrange for the presentation and/or distribution of performance, visual and heritage arts.

TV or Film Camera Operator

Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.

What’s Involved?

A TV or Film Camera Operator selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues; arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones; inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary; operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect; photographs subject or follows action by moving camera; takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage; controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems; checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment; operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes; manages health and safety issues; operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.

Script Writer

Job holders in this unit group write, edit and evaluate literary material for publication including scripts and narrative for film, TV, radio and computer games and animations.

What’s Involved?

A Script Writer determines subject matter and researches as necessary by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, observing etc. They generate and develop creative ideas for literary material. They also select material for publication, check style, grammar and accuracy of content, arrange for any necessary revisions and check proof copies before printing.


Dancers and choreographers devise, direct, rehearse and perform classical and contemporary dance routines.

What’s Involved?

Dancers build and maintain stamina, physical strength, agility and general health through fitness exercises and healthy eating. They attend rehearsals to develop and practice dance routines for performance. They participate in dance performances. They also demonstrate and direct dance moves, monitor and analyse technique and performance, and determine how improvements can be made.


Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

What’s Involved?

Actors, entertainers and presenters study scripts, plays or books and prepare and rehearse interpretation. They assume characters created by a playwright or author and communicate this to an audience. They perform singing, comedy, acrobatic, illusion and conjuring routines. They train animals to perform entertaining routines and may perform with them.

Secondary School Drama Teacher

Secondary (and middle school deemed secondary) education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction in one or more subjects, including physical education and diversionary activities, within a prescribed curriculum in a secondary or secondary/ middle school.

What’s Involved?

A Secondary School Teacher prepares and delivers courses and lessons in accordance with curriculum requirements and teaches one or more subjects. They prepare, assign and correct exercises and examinations to record and evaluate students' progress. They prepare students for external examinations and administer and invigilate these examinations. They also maintain records of students' progress and development. They supervise any practical work and maintain classroom discipline; They also undertake pastoral duties. They supervise teaching assistants and trainees. They also discuss progress with students, parents and/or other education professionals. They assist with or plan and develop curriculum and rota of teaching duties.

Predicted Employment

How much can I earn?


Employment by Region

The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.
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