Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Performing and Production Arts

Performing and Production Arts

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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

This exciting two-year qualification gives students the opportunity to take their passion for performing to the next level and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study. The course offers opportunity to further develop creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and professional. The dynamic programme acts as a springboard for employment opportunities whilst the accompanying UAL Level 3 qualification allows transition to higher education study at drama schools and universities.

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Is this course right for me?

Completion of this course could allow you to pursue a career in acting, stage management, technical theatre, teaching, or other arts based careers either in or out of the entertainment industry. It is a very active, hands-on course for anyone passionate about making live theatre.

As part of this programme you will need to attend College on some evenings and weekends. This is because you will be taking part in the two large scale public performances each academic year and will be required for extra rehearsals and public performances.

Facilities you will have access to include: The Merlin Theatre (a 240 seat black box venue, equipped with industry standard digital sound and lighting control), a drama studio and dance studio, set and props construction workshop, costume store and sewing room.

Successful completion of the Extended Diploma in year two is equivalent to three A-levels.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • Evidence of recent involvement in performing arts
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 2 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade C or above
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above
  • Evidence of recent involvement in performing arts

This is a broad based programme which looks at core aspects of drama, technical theatre, dance, voice and singing.

Units to be studied include:

  • Principles of performance – This unit covers the key principles of performance including acting, singing and movement. It also explores different theatrical styles and techniques.
  • Engaging with an audience – This unit covers how to meaningfully engage with and communicate meaning to a live audience.
  • Introduction to professional practice – This unit covers the key elements of professional practise and how to apply this throughout your studies and the wider world of work.
  • Critical and contextual awareness – This unit looks at the wider context of the projects you cover, the meaning behind them, their history and any other wider relevant context.
  • Production skills and context – This unit looks at how work to a brief and how to apply any production skills into context.
  • Performance skills and context – This unit looks at how work to a brief and how to apply any performance skills into context.
  • Preparation for specialist study – This unit covers how to reflect of your own practice and how to create personal development action plans to further develop own practice.
  • Collaborative performance project – This unit is the Final Major Project (FMP) and with cover all the skills and techniques developed during the first year for study. You will work collaboratively on a large-scale performance project to showcase your work.

During the second year learners study the WJEC Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) – graded like an AS level it can provide additional UCAS points.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Completion of a final major project

Possible career opportunities include: Actor, Singer, Stage Manager, Director, Lighting or Sound Technician, Front of House Manager, Holiday Park Entertainer, Cruise Ship Entertainer, Arts Administrator, Teacher, Event Manager.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • A uniform, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Practical/comfortable clothing for parts of the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • During the course there will be additional costs for consumables
  • There may be trips/expeditions required or optional as part of this course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Last updated: 27/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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