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Musical Theatre

As a Musical Theatre student, you are likely to be energetic and creative - with lots of stamina. The University of the Arts (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts will give you a firm foundation for working towards a career within Musical Theatre. As your understanding of Musical Theatre 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?

In addition to plenty of performance opportunities – in our purpose-built Willy Russell Studio Theatre and within other performing arts spaces, both in College and at other venues – you will also learn about and develop your skills in acting, dance and singing. You will study both the theory and practice for your three disciplines, and will learn styles suited for the stage and other performance-based media.

Our project-based learning approach enables you to develop your skills through workshops, assignments and projects, and you will work alongside students of other disciplines to put on a series of performances during the year. You will also benefit from masterclasses, workshops and visits from external professionals, and carry out work experience both internally and externally across the wider performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond.

 What will I study?

You will study the three key aspects of Musical Theatre: acting, dancing and singing, across a range of musical theatre styles. Your first year will be spent developing your skills and techniques in each aspect of musical theatre, while learning about the musical theatre industry. In your second year, you will look at the history and context of musical theatre, ranging from the classics up to contemporary performance. You will also receive guidance on preparing for auditions for conservatoires, university and the musical theatre industry.

 Are there any extra-curricular activities?

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities to complement your Musical Theatre studies, which, in previous years, have included scriptwriting, debating, directing and choir. Our students also regularly undertake trips to local theatres such as the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool Empire, Unity Theatre and further afield, such as to 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 performing in a musical theatre role, directing, producing, writing or performing arts management.

How do I apply?

You must complete an application form for September 2020 entry and submit it to us by the closing date of 31 January 2020. We may then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2020 -  you will be given full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C/4) will be sent out during April 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For further information, contact Nadeen Kemp, Programme Manager for Musical Theatre on 0151 330 3232 or email


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.