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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Extended Diploma
Code: 117968
Cost: N/A


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Level 3 Musical Theatre

Full time course


This highly popular and exciting course will build skills and knowledge in all aspects of the performing arts industry. Learners will develop their musical theatre skills in singing, dancing and acting through a range of performance-based projects accompanied by demonstrations and guidance from the industry experienced tutors. 

What will I study?

This course will include:

  • Acting
  • Tap
  • Ballet
  • Jazz Dance
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Singing Skills
  • Musicianship
  • Choreography
  • Contextual Studies
  • Collaborative Performance Projects

You will also perform in at least three productions each year including a final production in one of our theatres.

In the first year students will study for the Level 3 Diploma. Successful students then progress into the second year to complete the Extended Diploma.

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs means achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their course.


The performing arts and leisure industry is one of the few areas in the job market which has sustained levels of employment and shown areas of growth in the present economic climate.

Work experience

There are work placement opportunities on the course and students participate in productions in our two professional standard theatres.

What do I need to join?

Four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English Language. Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting or Dance) at merit level.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I learn?

Through a range of performance-based projects accompanied by demonstrations and guidance from your tutor.

How will I know how I am doing?

Your tutors will closely monitor and guide you through the course to ensure you reach your potential. You will have personal one-to-one tutorials to review progress regularly.

Are there any extra costs?

There is a materials fee payable, which will go towards the cost of costume, masterclasses and venue hire. You will need to purchase specialist dance equipment (tap, jazz, ballet shoes and dancewear as required).

What can I do next?

You will be prepared for higher education courses at drama schools, universities or our own Degree in Musical Theatre taught at the WISE Campus

What are my career options?

Learners can progress on to higher level courses, which could lead in to careers in professional theatre, cabaret and teaching.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Musical Theatre

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: Level 3 Extended Diploma
Code: 117968
Advanced Learner Loans
If you are aged 19 and over you can apply for a new Advanced Learning Loan for this course. Read more.


Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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