Located at Kingsclere Performing Arts College, this course provides vocational industry standard training in dance, singing and acting for students from the age of 16 years. On successful completion of a two year Extended Diploma course students will have gained a level 3 qualification (equivalent to 3 A-Levels), which provides sufficient UCAS points to gain entry to degree level education. Our

Meet our students Harry Ashton

Harry Ashton

“I chose to study through Newbury College because the course offered at Kingsclere PA is really specialised. There are a good number of contact hours per week with industry professionals, so the training is relevant and of a high level. The training and skills I’ve learnt have given me the confidence to be audition ready for degree courses.”

  • Description

    A great emphasis is placed on maximising employability by focusing on the acquisition of a wide range of skills relevant to a career in the performing arts. Areas of study include: Musial Theatre pathway

    • Solo Singing - Ensemble Singing - Acting - History and Context of Performance - Dance Technique (Inc. Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Commercial) - Audition Preparation - Body Conditioning - Voice - Musical Theatre Performance

    Dance pathway

    • Jazz - Tap - Contemporary - Ballet - Commercial - Choreography - History and Context of Performance - Body Conditioning - Dance Performance

    For further information and details of interviews and auditions please contact Kingclere Performing Arts College directly

  • Entry Requirements

    5 GCSEs grade C (or grade 4) or above, Audition and Interview

    Learners will need to demonstrate their ability to perform a number of musical theatre or dance skills as part of their audition. For further information please contact Kingclere Performing Arts College directly

  • Qualification

    OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Musical Theatre Pathway or OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Dance Pathway

  • Progression

    Learners may wish to progress on to university or in to employment

  • Assessment

    The course is achieved through a number of practical and theory assessments as well as written exams

  • Home Study

    Learners will be expected to practice their skills outside of college time in order to master the practise aspects of the programme - hours per week will vary depending on productions. Learners will also be expected to complete theory research and assignments outside of college time and to meet set and agreed deadlines

  • Work Placement

    You will have the opportunity to take part in a number of productions throughout your programme as part of your work based experience. These will take part in the evening and therefore you need to be prepared to work long days during this time

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The course aims to maximize each students employability and access to higher education by providing a wide variety of opportunities, including:

    • Theatre Trips
    • Workshops with Industry Professionals
    • Headshots & Showreels
    • Professional Standard Performance
    • Dance Company
    • Professional Work Opportunities Your end of year performance will take place in an established theatre venue with full technical support and costume.
Code Start Fees*
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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.