Musical Theatre - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Music

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


As a student on our musical theatre course, you will explore key areas of skills development, technique and performance.

Musical theatre Level 3 is designed to support you to make critical decisions related to your personal strengths, specialist skills, future progression and employment.

There are a number of core units which you will work towards, including historical context of performance, performance workshop, performing to an audience and rehearsing for a performance. You will also study singing technique, various dance styles and techniques, acting technique, acting through song, whilst undertaking numerous performance opportunities during the course.

Alumni students have progressed to continue their training in London and some are now performing in the ‘West Side Story’ UK tour, ‘Dogfight’ Southwark Playhouse and the ‘'Jersey Boys’ UK tour.

Find out more about the facilities and employer links available at our Performance Academy.

Course Enrichment

  • Recent productions have included Into The Woods, Little Shop of Horrors and Rent. 
  • As a student of Musical Theatre, you could join our in-house choir Signature Sound
  • Dance and musical theatre students performed at MOVEIT, the UK’s biggest dance event in London. 

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The level 3 musical theatre course is ideal if you're planning to progress to Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career in the musical theatre and the performing arts.

This will allow you to develop the practical skills required by the performing arts industry. There will be performance opportunities as you develop your skills within the Performance Academy.

Students from similar courses in the past have progressed to HE courses in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Dance, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a Diploma in Performing Arts, awarded by Pearson.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

  • Movement technique
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Ballet technique
  • Subject Specific Workshops
  • Jazz technique
  • Tap technique
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Principles of Acting
  • Theatre for Children
  • Singing technique
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Performance Workshop

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and or Maths. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution in the community in which you live and work.

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area. 

Learning Methods

We work in a real-world environment, in our theatre and acting spaces, dance studios and practice rooms, as well as in classroom and workshop situations.

Learning methods include practical activity, formal lectures and self-directed study, which include using our Virtual Learning Environment.

A lot of work depends on working in groups and teams, as well as working on your own, so we always emphasise on professional attitudes, commitment and an understanding of real-life contexts in performing arts.

Assessment Methods

All the work you do is assessed. Students work to criteria published by Pearson / BTEC in 'units'.

Assessment is by observation of practical work and performance, marking of written work, your own files and portfolios of evidence, and presentations made in various forms.

The first term is based on the development of technique and core skills, with the second term concentrating on performances.

Progression Opportunities

Alumni students of level 3 musical theatre have progressed to continue their training in London and some are now performing in the ‘West Side Story’ UK tour, ‘Dogfight’ Southwark Playhouse and the ‘'Jersey Boys’ UK tour.

On completion of your course you will have the opportunity to progress onto one of our Foundation Degrees which include FdA Acting and Performance Practice, FdA Dance, FdA Events Management, FdA Musical Theatre, and FdA Stage Management and Technical Theatre.

Additionally many students have won places at top London schools and other celebrated establishments.

Career Opportunities

Career directions include: actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, musical theatre performer, stage manager, theatre/live event technician, lighting /sound designer, events manager.

Students often move into other related professions within teaching and the leisure industry.

Entry Requirements

You must have completed your compulsory school education and should have achieved at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs
  • A BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

If English is not your first language you will also need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above. In addition to this, you will also need to bring with you to interview a portfolio of relevant project work.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.