Level 3

Performing and Production Arts (Live Events and Theatre Production) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Thurrock Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Thurrock Campus


South Essex College celebrate a new turn of the creative production wheel as backstage industries take a wider direction.

To meet the emerging needs of the entertainment sector, in particular the crucial behind-the-scenes careers that make the magic happen, the Digital Technologies, Media And Performing Arts department are expanding their delivery to specialise in training young people from 16 years for the Theatre, Music, Event and Corporate sectors.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 qualification or GCSEs x 4 at grade 4/C -  one to be grade 4/C in ENGLISH OR MATHS dependent on vocational subject to be studied
  • A relevant performing arts qualification is desirable, but not essential
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Study Programme

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will be required to complete an English and/or Maths qualification via the Century platform. Students will engage with at least 3 hours a week study via the online platform.

The Century platform is an online software system that uses artificial intelligence to create a personalised, adaptive and differentiated set of learning.  Students will work on a set of skills that are unique to them, the system will produce results and feedback tailored to meet individual learning needs alongside tasks that are mapped against the GCSE curriculum and encourage stronger learning outcomes.

Course Structure

  • Principles of performance
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Production skills and context
  • Performance skills and context
  • Preparation for specialist study
  • Collaborative performance project

Assessment & Feedback

Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts will be internally assessed and internally and externally moderated against the assessment criteria for the units.

Course Cost

School Leavers, full_time: FREE

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment.

What Next...

Successful candidates can progress to Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing and Production Arts.