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Performing Arts (Acting) — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Music and Performing Arts

Course ID: 174481

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • We propose industry-related assessment methods to prepare you for your career.
  • Utilise our excellent facilities and study in a respectful, inclusive learning environment.
  • You'll have freedom to experiment with a variety of styles, methods and performances.
  • Our course can lead you to further training in Performing Arts or into employment.
  • 1 year course. UAL Diploma in Performing and Production Skills - Acting with progression from year 1 to UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Skills - Acting in year 2
  • Access support and guidance from our experienced and passionate teaching team.

What to expect from the course

On our Level 3 UAL Performing Arts Acting course, you will develop contemporary, current and relevant industry skills and knowledge as part of our forward-thinking artistic community. We explore putting the ‘business’ in ‘showbusiness’, various acting styles, methods and techniques as well as skills for theatre and screen.

We help you gain skills in discovering where you want to specialise, through research, practical and evaluative sessions, which will allow you to learn where you fit into the industry.

Training with us allows you to the freedom to experiment with a variety of different styles, methods and performances, enabling you to begin to compile a varied, industry-relevant CV. We place great emphasis on the process of production – from improvisation to realisation of performance – through a series of different modules aimed at nurturing and promoting your creative talent.

The Arts Centre boasts a faculty who are not only experienced industry professionals, but also qualified teachers with specialised knowledge to ensure you are prepared for the industry and present yourself as an employable, ready-to-work-hard, resilient and engaged creative. Training in Performing Arts teaches you a range of transferable skills such as organisation, time management and communication, which can cross over into a variety of skillsets and disciplines; Education, Production Management, Producing, Directing, as well as other creative industries such as PR, Journalism and Hospitality.

Modules studied:

The Performing Arts Industry
Professional Development
Investigation of Specialism
Acting 1
Acting for Camera
Voice and Speech for Actors
Movement for Actors
Devising Theatre and Performance

Why study with us?

We have an experienced faculty - all holding their own weight as educators, researchers and creative practitioners. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, development and learning as much as we can.

The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.

Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.

We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a theatre, rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise.


Qualification gained:
UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts in year 1
with progression to UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Skills - Acting in year 2

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This course can lead to:

Performance experience
Audition for further training in Performing Arts – drama school, university, vocational college

Example careers

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements:
You will need five GCSE’s at Grade 4-9/A-C to include either English or Maths and a UAL level 3 year 1 diploma in Performing Arts Acting for year 2

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 4670.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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