Performing Arts (Extended Diploma)

Extended Diploma (Level 3)




Course Overview

This vocational course, equivalent to three A Levels, is designed for students who are serious about pursuing a career in the performing arts. It combines the three core disciplines of acting, dance and singing. Students underpin their practical work with rigorous academic study.

Applicants will be invited to interviews and auditions once the application has been received.



Internal and external assessment (100%)

Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements:

Standard entry requirements plus grade 4 in GCSE English Literature. GCSE Dance and/or Drama are desirable. Alternatively, BTEC Level Applicants are required to attend an audition and interview. We will be unable to consider late applications so please apply early.

Exam board: Edexcel

£150 for theatre visits and workshops

Programme leader:

Sarah Wilson

Course structure

Enhancing your studies

Life after Henley


Students may consider direct entry into employment. Students have gone on to work for entertainment and leisure organisations, television networks, theatre companies and to pursue music professionally.

Higher education

This course is designed for students who want to pursue the subject into higher education and ultimately the profession. Students have secured places at institutions including RADA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, Mountview Academy, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College, Arts Educational and a range of universities.

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