Musical Theatre | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0341-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. You will be asked to perform an audition at interview. See the entry requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Awarding Body: UAL Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

This course develops your skills in a diverse range of skills required for the musical theatre industry. You will take workshops in vocal technique and a variety of dance styles, as well as focusing on a broad range of acting skills.

Public performances take place in our main house theatre, working alongside production students and simulating industry practice and standards, to prepare you for a successful career or for further study at university-level. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in this creative industry with the energy and confidence to thrive.

This Level 3 Diploma leads directly onto the second year, the Extended Diploma, where you will further develop your creative understanding and specialist skills, and gain the experience needed to progress to university or seek employment.

  • Industry-standard rehearsal facilities 
  • Expert tutors with professional industry experience 
  • Perform in a professional theatre on campus
  • Learn in a creative environment at a dedicated arts campus

Start dates

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Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. You will be asked to perform an audition at the interview.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on one of the MET's Level 2 course in Production & Performance Arts.

Entry requirements

Course content

Topics include:
  • Acting styles
  • Physical theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Voice and singing
  • Dance technique and performance 
  • Audition technique 
  • Vocal repertoire
  • Choral and harmony work

Why this course?

Northbrook College is highly regarded in the theatre industry as a provider of excellent training.

The MET's Theatre Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting theatre scene and they are here to help you realise your potential. Passionate about their areas of expertise, staff are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

One of the reasons you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. It is a dedicated arts space, with the theatre courses running alongside music and art and design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities. 

Further study:

Following completion of the Diploma (year 1) you can progress to the Extended Diploma (year 2).

On successful completion of the Extended Diploma, you could progress to a university-level course, either at the MET or at other universities, drama schools and  conservatoires.

Related degrees at Northbrook College include Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting.


Future careers:

  • Musical theatre performer
  • Actor/singer/dancer
  • Voice over artist
  • TV presenter
  • Choreographer
  • Teacher/voice coach
  • Director
  • Session singer

Course fees

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 

More funding options

Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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