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Level 3

Creative & Performing Arts RSL Diploma/Extended Diploma


Equivalent to 3 A-levels.

This course gives learners the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and wider understanding for entry into the creative and performing arts industries. The course combines movement/dance, singing, music and drama. Students are encouraged to study this course alongside the Academy of Performing Arts enrichment classes held at lunchtimes in music, drama and dance. There are also many opportunities to get involved in the production side of performances throughout the year.

There are two compulsory units in the first year:

• Performance Preparation

• Planning for a Career in the Creative and Performing Arts

You will also study a range of units chosen to support performance focused projects such as:

• Musical Theatre Performance

• Vocal Techniques (Acting)

• Choreography

• Dance Techniques & Performance

• Ensemble Music Performance

A range of teaching and learning styles is used during the course and a large proportion of the course is taught through practical performance activities.

Formal lessons are combined with discussion, case studies, task- based learning, practical activities, student- led activities, video and ILT. Teaching resources and course material are available on the Academy of Performing Arts Blog, this material is very important as the course is the equivalent to two A Levels but with no exams; the workload is demanding and coursework requirements are intense at times.

Individual support is available to all students via both our vigilant team of well qualified teaching staff. Please note this is a full-time course and can’t normally be combined with any other courses.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language or Maths.

It is not necessary to have taken a Performing Arts subject at school. A willingness to develop an independent approach to taking direction and developing both practical and academic skills is most beneficial. If you love theatrical performance and are willing to work at all three skills committing your time, energy and creativity to your work, you will have a wonderful time on this course.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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