If you are interested in developing your performance skills and are prepared to work hard to do this, the Extended Diploma will provide the right pathway for you. This exciting course combines a range of practical work with closely related written assignments.
You are ideal for this course if you are flexible and receptive, willing and eager to learn, and prepared to perform in front of an audience. Excellent attendance, punctuality and commitment are essential in order to craft performances which can be presented to the public. You also need to be able to work positively with others. You need to be able both to respond positively to direction in performance work and to develop your own creative ideas. The course will teach you a lot but also requires you to take responsibility for your own learning. It is challenging and intensive and you will need high levels of focus and enthusiasm throughout the two years
Throughout the 2 years, there will be opportunities for public performances, both touring and in college, as well as small-scale in-house presentations. The first year of the course focuses particularly on the developing of understanding and techniques, culminating in a major performance at the end of the summer term. The second year of the course in particular is largely performance-based with students applying and developing their skills through three major assignments– a musical production, a T.V project and a final major performance.
The modules you will study are :
5 GCSE's at A*-C or acceptable alternatives. Must include English Language. An audition will be required.
The course is assessed entirely by coursework, therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.
Most students go on to do a degree or foundation degree, at a University or Drama School. Students from the course have gone on to many different Universities and Drama schools, and a significant number of ex-students are now working successfully in the T.V, Film and Theatre. Other students have formed their own acting companies. Some students remain at Norton to complete the Foundation Degree in Performing Arts (Drama). While some students progress onto courses in the performing arts, students do also go on to degree courses in a wide range of other areas where artistic understanding and communication skills are important including Hospitality and Events Management , Tourism and Nursing.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Acting) which attracts UCAS tariff points equivalent to 3 A levels.