BTEC Level 3 Diploma

SCL Education

Key Details:
Full Time, 3 Years
Start Date
September 2024
Apply By
Applications are now closed

Course Overview:

The BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels. It is a 2 year, full time education programme with an additional complimentary year and is designed for students between the ages of 16-18. This course provides a thorough grounding in the performing arts industry focusing on key dance, acting and singing techniques.

Learn more information including study time breakdown and assessments

Year One

Introduction to the three main disciplines. Our first year gives us the opportunity to assess each student and begin to develop their programme for their time with us.

Year Two

Gives the students a chance to build upon the foundations set in year 1, improving technique, strength and knowledge in all aspects of the course.

Throughout the year the student will have their progression monitored and extensive feedback will be given. More time is given over to preparing for the practicalities of preparing for the industry and more performance opportunities are available.

Year Three

If you don’t move onto our degree course after year two, you can choose to
complete an additional year (in house diploma). This year is unaccredited
and industry training based only. The year will be focused on upskilling your
practical skills further for the performing arts industry. Places in year three are offered following a review of your two year progress.

Entry Requirements:

4x GCSEs Grade 4 or above


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, delivered by SCL Creative:

You can apply directly to us for our Diploma course by completing our online application form, once we have received this we can confirm your audition date.


What to expect on your Audition Day:

Our audition day is divided into two stages, each designed to assess various aspects of your performance abilities.

The first form of assessment is in three dance technique classes; Ballet, Commercial and Musical Theatre/Jazz.

In the second part of the day, candidates will be asked to perform a solo song (32-bar cut) and monologue (no longer than 1 min 30 seconds).

Throughout the auditions, our senior teachers and principals will be observing closely, evaluating not just your current skills but also your potential for growth and development in all areas.

Finally, the day concludes with a one-to-one interview with our principals. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you better, discuss your aspirations, and answer any questions you may have about our college.


Applications each year to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts open in September and our auditions are in full-swing from November until April. We strongly recommend you get an application to us as soon as possible to guarantee you an early audition date.

For general application enquiries, please email:


Please apply directly with us using our application form.

Application Deadline:

Applications are now closed

The qualification is government funded 

Additional costs could include: Trips, uniform, costumes, show fees, master classes and extra training


Additional complementary training will be charged. This is heavily subsidised and scholarship opportunities are available.