Acting - Level 3 (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Music

Attendance Full-Time


This exciting level 3 acting course allows you the opportunity to specialise in your preferred field of acting as you explore key areas of skills development, technique and performance.

As an acting student, you will look at subject specialisms including devising, improvisation, classical acting, voice, physical theatre, film and TV acting, audition techniques and performance. There are numerous performance opportunities during the course and students work on exciting projects that bring together their vocational skills and academic and subject knowledge.

You’ll benefit from acting workshops from renowned actors, practitioners and companies with national reputations. You are also given a number of performance opportunities at local theatres and alternative performance spaces. 

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

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

An acting course at Newcastle College is ideal if you're planning to progress to Higher Education with a view to pursuing a career in the performing arts and will allow you to develop the practical skills required within 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 2 course, you will gain a Level 3 BTEC Performing and Production Arts.

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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

All students study:

  • Principles of Acting
  • Voice and the Actor
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Physical Theatre Skills
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Subject Specific Workshops
  • Classical theatre performance
  • Contemporary theatre performance
  • Clowning
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Film and TV Acting

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

In addition to dedicated lessons, English and Maths will be embedded into all aspects of your course enabling 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 classrooms and workshop situations.

Learning methods include practical activity, formal lectures and self-directed study, which will include the use of 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 professional attitudes, commitment and an understanding of the real-life contexts of the 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 performance.

Progression Opportunities

Previous students have progressed onto the second year of a BTEC qualification gaining a BTEC Extended Diploma allowing them to apply to HE courses in Acting and Musical Theatre, as well as areas including Stage Management, Performing Arts, Media, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

These Higher Education courses include our own Foundation Degrees in Acting, Musical Theatre, Stage Management and Technical Production, Live Music and Touring Production and Events Management.

Many of these courses now have further progression through to BA Hons programmes. Additionally many students have won places at top London schools and other celebrated establishments.

Career Opportunities

Career directions include: actor, singer, 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 above Grade C
  • A BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts
  • An alternative equivalent qualification at the appropriate level

You will also be required to complete a Group Workshop, Audition and a 1:1 interview with the course tutor.

If English is not your first language you will also need an English language test score of 5.5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.