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Overview - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting

As an Acting student, you are likely to be creative, flexible and curious. The University of the Arts (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting will give you the tools you need for working towards a career within the performing arts. As your understanding of acting and the wider performing arts develops, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available. Your learning experience will also be enhanced by working with visiting industry professionals.

What will I be doing? 

You will have plenty of performance opportunities, both in our purpose-built Willy Russell Studio Theatre and within other performing arts spaces, both in college and at other venues. You will study both the theory and the practice of a wide range of acting and performance styles (suited both for the stage and for other performance-based media), but will still have the opportunity to specialise in the areas which interest you most.

Our project-based learning approach is delivered through workshops, assignments and practical tasks, which will be complemented by masterclasses and visits from industry professionals. You will also collaborate with students on other courses to create a series of performances throughout the year. There will be a number of opportunities for you to complete work experience, both in college (in response to ‘live briefs’ from the industry) and outside of college, across Liverpool and beyond.

What will I study? 

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Acting is equivalent to three A-Levels and suitable for progression onto Higher Education. In your first year, you will develop your skills in voice and movement – typical projects will include performing scripted works and devising theatre. In year two, you will study classical theatre and directing and learn how to prepare for auditions. You will also have the opportunity to study a ‘specialist’ subject. Throughout the course you will develop your interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in a range of careers.

 Are there any extra-curricular activities?

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities to complement your studies and to further your interests. In past years, these have included scriptwriting, directing, musical theatre, choir, social action group and student council. Students also regularly undertake theatre trips to venues in Liverpool, Manchester and London.

 What could I do next?

You will be equipped to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the creative and performing arts industry. Related career paths might include acting (stage, TV, radio or film), directing, producing, writing or performing arts management. Previous students have gone on to Higher Education at institutions such as the Arden School of Theatre, Arts Ed, Bath Spa University, Birmingham School of Acting, Edge Hill University, Falmouth University, Leeds University, Liverpool Hope University, London South Bank University and Rose Bruford.

 How do I apply?

You can apply from 1 September 2020 at

The deadline is 31 January 2021.

Auditions and interviews are in February and March, with decisions sent out in April 2021.


At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information presented on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.