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OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Music)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Completion of year one of this programme would give the learner a Level 3 OCR Introductory Diploma in Performing Arts. Progression could be into employment or an Apprenticeship. You will have exposure to a range of practical activities through workshops, rehearsals, performances and work experience to develop practical skills and build theoretical portfolios to prepare you for the next level of study.

Overview of the course: 

The OCR Level 3 programmes are designed to help you extend your understanding of performance and production whilst developing your skills in music, production, dance or drama; you will learn techniques as well as create your own performances. You will work on production projects and be involved in many activities both onsite and at external venues. Learners have the opportunity to perform on board the ferry to Holland, participate in the annual Community Pantomime, operate gigs and be made up as a zombie for the Zombie Apocalypse Halloween event. If you are passionate about working in the Arts, then this is the programme for you.

Entry requirements: 

Five 9-4 grade GCSEs (including Maths and English).


The programme is 'learner responsive' which means we build projects around the learners who have chosen this programme of study. You will be given guidance over the development of projects, which help you to develop independence. You will also participate in annual events, stage major productions and have the opportunity to see professional performances at venues in London and experience a different culture in Holland.

How is the course assessed?: 

The work you complete is graded as 'Pass' / Merit / Distinction' and you will have two opportunities to submit work for assessment for each unit. The course is assessed internally by an Assessor, before being Internally and Externally Verified to check the marking is consistent. Assessment includes live performance, written submissions, viva voce (interview to camera), photographic evidence, sound track or music CD.

Further study options after this course: 

Progression for most learners after successful completion of the Extened Diploma is onto a Foundation Degree or a BA (Hons) programme in Music Performing or Production Arts. Alternative choices include employment as a Performer, in Arts Administration or Production, either working for an employer or as a freelance artist.

Length of the course: 

The OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Extended Diploma is the second year of the programme, with the Introductory Diploma in year one; you will study across three to four days each week.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £4513.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

Please note fees are payable in year 1 and year 2.

If you are required to pay for this course yourself monthly payment plans are available, please speak to Student Services for more details.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Jun 2018 12:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

‘This is a brilliant course for anyone wanting to progress in performing arts. We have a huge range of events and staff really push us and challenge us to work and have high expectations’

‘The thing I love about being on performing arts is that we get to rehearse in the studios when we aren't in sessions. It is helping me progress my dance skills and the sessions are challenging me to think about things differently. We have work deadlines every week to make sure that we are on track which is good’

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