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UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts

This unique full-time course is aimed at students who have a passion for the performing arts. Giving students the knowledge and skills needed to progress to degree level study or employment in the industry.

This course rewards young people’s creativity and passion for the arts and is shaped to get the maximum out of its students. We welcome students with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. The key qualities we look for are: enthusiasm, passion for the arts, and a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Why UAL?

University of the Arts London (UAL) is a university solely focused on the creative arts. Working with UAL allows us to offer our students a bespoke pre-university course.

At the end of this two-year course you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, which is equivalent to three A levels.

What will you study?

Throughout this course you will explore a wide range of performing arts work and develop both as an artist and as a person. The course is designed to grow your knowledge and skills across all three disciplines: acting, song and dance. A variety of performance opportunities will allow you to put your skills and technique into practice. Such projects include: clowning and comedy, musical theatre, contemporary theatre practice & devising.

Past productions have included: Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Let the Right One in; all of these produced to the highest technical standard at King Alfred’s very own Phoenix Theatre.

As well as technical ability, the course will help you develop skills such as resilience, responsibility, organisation, critical & creative thinking, teamwork and professionalism, which are highly transferable to a wide range of careers.

Masterclasses and workshops

The course will be enriched with masterclasses and workshops with industry specialists. We also make the most of our close ties with industry professionals by arranging exclusive work experience opportunities for UAL students, offering them unique insight into the working world of the performing arts. Past work experience placements have included: Sonia Friedman Productions, The Really Useful Group and Les Misérables Concert production.


“It was so great to meet the students. I was blown away by their talent, passion and commitment.” Matt Lucas

“The production was beyond my expectations, great story telling, from the heart, raw and honest, beautifully staged with amazing singing.” – Maria Friedman on Les Mis

Where you’ll study

The facilities at the King Alfred School are second to none and students will have the opportunity to work with state of the art lighting and sound equipment in our newly refurbished 120 seat Phoenix Theatre. We regularly work with design programmes to help transfer the conceptual into the real and this is enhanced by our fully stocked costume store. Rehearsals are carried out in our two studio spaces and all of this is set in the vibrant and supportive environment that is the King Alfred School.

How will you be assessed?

Our approach to assessments allows you to hone your skills, technique and knowledge over a period of time. Practical assessments are carried out through a series of projects based on real industry scenarios; projects have included music composition for Grimm Tales and set design for Back to the 80’s.

You can see examples of UAL students extended essays here.

Where next?

At the end of this course you’ll be equipped with the practical skills to join the professional world of performing arts or to continue with your education and training elsewhere. Past UAL graduates have gone on to study at some of the top performing artistic institutions in the country, including:

  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music
  • The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (RNCM)
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Arts Educational School

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