Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £3,697 p/ year
24+ £3,697 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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Our Performing Arts study programmes are validated by University of the Arts (UAL). The Extended Diploma encompasses training for higher level acting skills with specific emphasis on application to drama school or university. You will learn to write an engaging personal statement and we will assist you in your UCAS choices through a series of workshops and drama school tours. Training will cover contemporary and classical monologues and audition preparation. Many of our learners are auditioning by December and have offers by January/February. The Extended Diplomas students undertake a specialist voice and classical theatre training sessions with RADA tutors and participate in a range of live performances. You can expect to be involved in at least 3 major performances each year plus our annual festival, schools tour, live industry briefs, and site specific performances around London.

Aims of the course

The aim of this course is to take your initial training at level 3 to a higher level in which you hone your acting skills and get a wide understanding of the creative industries . The main focus of the course is preparing you for drama school or university entry and equipping you with all the skills you will need to thrive in higher education. For those students who prefer to enter employment, the communication and professional skills you will acquire on this course will prove invaluable in any line of work. You will continue to hone key employability skills such as , leadership, collaboration, self-direction, trouble shooting and working within a given time line

Unit Breakdown

Unit 9 Developing Performance and Production Skills Unit 10 Preparing for Progression Unit 11 Exploration of Specialist Study and Context Unit 12 Extended study

Assessment Method

You will be continually assessed throughout the year in 4 units: 9-12 of the UAL qualification. Units 9,10,11 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERAL, and unit 12 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. Your assessment will be based on your work in rehearsals, workshops, performance roles, tours,, evaluation and reflective logbooks, video diaries, and presentations

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of this course can lead to study at higher education including LAMDA, Actor's Centre, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Sound, MMU, Queen Mary University.

Career Options

Higher Education, drama school, university, creative apprenticeships and employment

What can I earn as an actor? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained actor you'll be starting on a very fulfilling and varied career path with the opportunity to earn well: Actors generally earn around £15,000 a year to start with, and £24,000 with a few years' experience ? but obviously the sky's the limit with film work, for example!

If you want to turn your passion for acting into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our graduates can be found working in TV on EastEnders and Luther, on the national tour of The Gruffalo, and in the West End ? and with the right training, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow in their footsteps. To find out more go to https://www.lscollege.ac.uk/courses/drama or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above


Creative workshop and lessons including training in voice and classical monologues at RADA; industry workshops, creative work placements, drama school outreach projects and workshops, theatre trips and research visits. Performance work in theatres, professional studios, tours, site specific.

Process for Application

To apply please select your chosen start date and location above.

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