Dance and Musical Theatre (Performing and Production Arts) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary - whatever your dance style, you can learn and develop yourself to gear towards your dream job with us.

The Dance and Musical Theatre (Performing and Production Arts) Level 3 Extended Diploma offers wide-ranging training and opportunities in singing, acting, and dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, and commercial.

Dance and Musical Theatre is an intensive and exciting two-year course, delivered by highly-qualified, industry-experienced teaching staff, who cover all aspects of the performing arts programme. This specialist programme is for you if you already have a passion for, and experience of, dance and musical theatre. You should have a reasonable level of fitness, creativity, commitment, and motivation.

Build your skills and gain practical experience

From perfecting your skills in technical training to boosting your creativity in choreography, our Dance and Musical Theatre course is designed to nurture your existing skills and lead you to experience performance in a way you have never imagined before.

Such training is then further supported by classes in dance history and business to widen your knowledge of all the job possibilities in the musical theatre and the arts industry.

Our studios are always bustling with students in classes, rehearsals, and performances. The department has strong links with the local and wider community where you can regularly perform; gaining skills that will enhance your learning and instil the qualities required to succeed. Performances, professional visits, theatre trips and workshops are fully integrated into the course.

There are three, fully-equipped dance studios at Guildford College, with one that is multi-functional for musical theatre. All have sound and audio-visual connectivity, and some studios can also be used as small performance venues.


Throughout your course of study, you will take part in lots of exciting performances, including major productions and a range of internal smaller performances and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to participate in residential trips both in the UK and abroad. Previous residential trips include Broadway Dance New York and Scarborough National Student Drama festival.

Large-scale performances take place in local theatres linked with Guildford College, such as The Mill, G-Live, and Electric Theatre. Performances are a fully-integrated part of the Performing Arts department’s work. You will take part in performing and are expected to visit theatres regularly to see the work of professional acting, dance, and musical theatre companies.

In addition to the numerous performances that you will be involved in, there are ample opportunities to perform at outside venues and take part in workshops by professional visiting artists. The department and college links with performing arts agencies, studios and schools that also provide further professional opportunities, including work-based learning.

  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Commercial
  • Ballet
  • Integrated Performance
  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Group/Solo Singing
  • Audition Preparation
  • Healthier Performer
  • MT History
  • Arts Business Study

Guildford College is partnered with the University of the Arts London (UAL), a university solely focused on the creative arts. At the end of this two-year programme, you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, which is equivalent to three A-levels.

Working with the UAL allows us to offer our students a bespoke, pre-university course.

In the first year of this course, you will study for the Diploma. Once that Diploma is successfully achieved, you will be invited to continue on to complete the full Extended Diploma in the second year of the course.

Please note: Fees will apply if you are 19+ at the beginning of your studies and have previously completed a Level 3 qualification or are 24 and above. All fees are charged on a yearly basis. Please see our Fees Policy for further details or get in touch to discuss your options!

Students are assessed throughout the year with internal assessments. These assessments will be through a mixture of practical class and performance work, supporting theory work, such as essays, presentations, discussions, logbooks, and evaluations.

Students are expected to study outside of college in order to gain the most out of their studies. This may include extra rehearsals, practicing choreography and completing any necessary homework.

Students are expected to participate in three hours of home study per week.

On completion of the Extended Diploma, students could move into a variety of different pathways.

The following are examples of what our past Guildford College Performing Arts students are doing now:

  • Studying for a dance/ musical theatre degree at either a university or a vocational dance school.
  • Training to be a musical theatre performer at vocational schools such as Bird College, Urdang, London Studio Centre, Performance Preparation Academy and Millennium, or to be a contemporary dancer and choreographer at places such as London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
  • Studying for an Acting Degree or Performance Diploma at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Mountview and Guildford School of Acting.
  • Performing and teaching after further training at universities including Middlesex, Kingston and Chichester.
  • Many students have performed in music videos, as actors, extras, backing dancers for live concerts, on cruise ships and in touring musical and dance productions.
  • Training and working in the fitness industry.
  • Modelling.
  • Freelance education work in UK and abroad.
  • Directing their own company, such as Guildford Fringe.
  • Arts administration.
  • Dance development worker or community dance artist.

At least four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above, including maths and English Language.

All applicants will need to provide evidence of their previous musical experience, either with recorded examples (MP3, YouTube and Soundcloud are all acceptable examples) or an audition, as well as providing their most recent school report.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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