BTEC

Musical Theatre  

EXTENDED DIPLOMA

IN PERFORMING ARTS PRACTICE (MT) LEVEL 3

This full time course is designed for 16-18 year olds who aspire to make musical theatre their professional career; be it working in the West End, performing for companies, cruises, cabaret shows, the list goes on. There are many options for a professional career in musical theatre and this two-year course will predominantly focus on singing and acting skills for Musical theatre (both ensemble and one to one lessons) but will also provide the high quality dance training needed to set solid foundations in commercial dance, street dance, jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, Latin, choreography, and much more.  
Working in partnership with Stamford College we place teaching and learning at the heart of what we do, all of our staff are still working in the industry to ensure our students get current training that is relevant and effective. Our staff work in many areas in the industry including choreographing for X Factor, West End and The Royal Ballet and have performed in all areas of the industry, including West End musicals such as 42nd Street, Wicked, Chicago, Sweet Charity, along with many commercial artists like Anne-Marie, Zara Larsson, Rita Ora, and Camila Cabello.  
During each year of training our dancers can audition to take part in main stage and showcase performances at Move It London (UK biggest dance convention attracting an audience of 70,000), CYD? Super Convention, Mass Movement and perform in a variety of UK venues as part of our Winter Tour. All students will also take part in termly shows.  Alongside these performances throughout the course, students will study four mandatory modules as follows: 

  • Performing arts skills development
  • The performing arts industry
  • Personal performing arts profile
  • Collaborative performing arts project

Once the BTEC Extended Diploma qualification is completed the students then have the opportunity to audition for a Higher Education course; enabling the performers to complete their training fully qualified and ready for the industry.  
Our BTEC in Dance is run in partnership with Stamford College therefore course fees are fully funded and the awarding body for the qualification is Pearson. 

Entry Requirements

Successful singing, acting, and dance audition and qualifications at or equivalent to Level 2.  GCSE Maths and English at level 4 or above is preferred however there is opportunity for these two subjects to be re-studied at the college if not achieved.

Additional Costs

Uniform Fee: £165
Enrichment Fee: £200 per year

Entry Requirements

Successful singing, acting, and dance audition and qualifications at or equivalent to Level 2.  GCSE Maths and English at level 4 or above is preferred however there is opportunity for these two subjects to be re-studied at the college if not achieved. 


 The course is Validated by Pearson Edexcel

Course Content

Year One

Students will have a comprehensive timetable including a number of singing and acting lessons to develop and refine skills for musical theatre but they will also partake in all dance disciplines throughout the year including commercial dance, street dance, jazz, ballet, contemporary, tap, Latin, choreography, (with some technique classes being levelled). The units assessed in year one are: 

  • Exploring performance styles
  • Creating performance material
  • Performing musical theatre for an audience
  • Planning a career in the industry

Year Two

As with year one, there will continue to be an array of singing, acting and dance lessons in all dance disciplines throughout the year to continue with training and development.  Year two also involves students working on their own personal profile as well as collaborating with others to develop and produce their own Musical theatre project.  The assessed modules in year two are as follows:

  • Using development plans to refine skills
  • Producing a personal project
  • Using material for self-promotion and networking
  • Undertaking a defined creative or administrative role
  • Using creative collaboration to develop a project
  • Producing a collaborative project

Students work is generated through practical projects, briefs, workshops and engagement with industry, preparing them through the development of portfolios and materials for progression. Students will develop performing arts skills, learn to manage projects, gain self-analysis skills, and develop appreciation of the performing arts industry and their future in it.

Performance Opportunities

College shows, Move It London, Mass Movement Midlands (Curve), CYD conventions, music videos, Choreography showcases, guest projects, termly assessment performances.

The course is Validated by Pearson Edexcel