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Performing Arts - Musical Theatre (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

A triple threat course where you will refine your skills in singing, danc­ing and act­ing whilst advanc­ing your indi­vid­u­al­i­ty and per­for­mance tech­nique. You will study and train in a vari­ety of areas includ­ing: singing tech­nique, rehearsal tech­nique, prin­ci­ples of act­ing, sto­ry­telling, devis­ing, bal­let, jazz, com­mer­cial dance and per­form­ing arts as a business.

All assess­ments are writ­ten and devel­oped to enable stu­dents to gain and devel­op prac­ti­cal skils whilst gain­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion. You will under­take an addi­tion­al LAM­DA qual­i­fi­ca­tion to sup­port your pro­gres­sion to sought after dra­ma schools and/​or uni­ver­si­ties and devel­op your per­for­mance skills. LAM­DA qual­i­fi­ca­tions are recog­nised by UCAS and con­tribute towards your points calculation.


Entry Require­ments

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, and a suc­cess­ful audi­tion at one of our audi­tion days.

Wor­ried about your grades?

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard
  • Incor­po­rat­ing Eng­lish and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able remote­ly through­out this unprece­dent­ed peri­od. They can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will be expect­ed to com­mit to rehearsal sched­ules and some addi­tion­al hours for per­for­mances. You will be required to wear uni­form for class­es as per the essen­tial kit list pro­vid­ed before start­ing the course.


ESPA are in the process of devel­op­ing a vir­tu­al stu­dent expe­ri­ence plat­form. This will include a tour of the facil­i­ties, con­ver­sa­tions with ESPA tutors, taster ses­sions and stu­dent voice from those cur­rent­ly on cours­es here. This is still in the devel­op­ment stages, how­ev­er we hope to launch this in the next 4 weeks. 

Fol­low­ing on from our vir­tu­al stu­dent expe­ri­ence we will open for appli­ca­tions and audi­tions, audi­tions will com­mence from Jan­u­ary, and are like­ly to be online. 

In the mean­time we would sug­gest fol­low­ing our social media plat­forms for more con­tent and updates, our insta­gram is @espa_arts and our face­book is @EasternSchoolPA.

Please find attached our prospec­tus for course infor­ma­tion, and you can also find infor­ma­tion on our web­site www​.east​ern​school​.co​.uk

You can also take some online taster ses­sions with ESPA tutors on our youtube chan­nel, you can access the ESPA Online playlist here: ESPA Online

Poten­tial Future Career

Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course will allow you to progress to the HND in Per­form­ing Arts at The East­ern School of Per­form­ing Arts or study at pres­ti­gious per­form­ing arts schools. Pre­vi­ous stu­dents have gone on to study at estab­lish­ments such as: Mid­lands Acad­e­my of Dance and Dra­ma, Italia Con­ti, Liv­er­pool The­atre School, Liv­er­pool Insti­tute of Per­form­ing Arts and Stel­la Mann.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • Prin­ci­ples of Performance
  • Engag­ing with an audience
  • Intro­duc­tion to pro­fes­sion­al practice
  • Crit­i­cal and con­tex­tu­al studies
  • Pro­duc­tion skills and context
  • Per­for­mance skills and context
  • Prepa­ra­tion for spe­cial­ist study
  • Col­lab­o­ra­tive Per­for­mance Project
  • Devel­op­ing Per­for­mance and Pro­duc­tion Skills
  • Prepar­ing for progression
  • Explo­ration of spe­cial­ist study and context
  • Extend­ed Project


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Thanks to the expert train­ing, I’m now able to fur­ther my act­ing career with HNC in Per­form­ing Arts — right here at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Stamford!

Rosie Fisher



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