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Our Performing Arts study programmes are validated by University of the Arts (UAL). The Extended Diploma encompasses training for higher level acting skills with specific emphasis on application to drama school or university. You will learn to write an engaging personal statement and we will assist you in your UCAS choices through a series of workshops and drama school tours. Training will cover contemporary and classical monologues and audition preparation. Many of our learners are auditioning by December and have offers by January/February. The Extended Diplomas students undertake a specialist voice and classical theatre training sessions with RADA tutors and participate in a range of live performances. You can expect to be involved in at least 3 major performances each year plus our annual festival, schools tour, live industry briefs, and site specific performances around London.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    You will be continually assessed throughout the year in 4 units: 9-12 of the UAL qualification. Units 9,10,11 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERAL, and unit 12 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. Your assessment will be based on your work in rehearsals, workshops, performance roles, tours,, evaluation and reflective logbooks, video diaries, and presentations

    Aims of the course

    The aim of this course is to take your initial training at level 3 to a higher level in which you hone your acting skills and get a wide understanding of the creative industries . The main focus of the course is preparing you for drama school or university entry and equipping you with all the skills you will need to thrive in higher education. For those students who prefer to enter employment, the communication and professional skills you will acquire on this course will prove invaluable in any line of work. You will continue to hone key employability skills such as , leadership, collaboration, self-direction, trouble shooting and working within a given time line

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course can lead to study at higher education including LAMDA, Actor's Centre, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Sound, MMU, Queen Mary University.


    Creative workshop and lessons including training in voice and classical monologues at RADA; industry workshops, creative work placements, drama school outreach projects and workshops, theatre trips and research visits. Performance work in theatres, professional studios, tours, site specific.

    Career Options

    Higher Education, drama school, university, creative apprenticeships and employment

    What can I earn as an actor? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained actor you'll be starting on a very fulfilling and varied career path with the opportunity to earn well: Actors generally earn around £15,000 a year to start with, and £24,000 with a few years' experience ? but obviously the sky's the limit with film work, for example!

    If you want to turn your passion for acting into a career, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Our graduates can be found working in TV on EastEnders and Luther, on the national tour of The Gruffalo, and in the West End ? and with the right training, there's no reason why you shouldn't follow in their footsteps. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,698 p/year
24+ £3,698 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

And Then?

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Jadzia Francis

Jadzia Francis

I’ve become more confident and more accepting of things that I may not be able to control, I’ve learnt to use my time well, valuing my time here and enjoying every minute that happens.

Tommy Warner

I loved Lewisham, as they did plays that were similar and the same standard as those at drama school, which made the transition to higher education much easier.

Jason Borley

Jason Borley

If I were to give advice to others considering performing arts, I’d say be yourself, don’t worry about what others think. Being different makes you unique. Work hard and take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t stress out – enjoy your time learning and believe in yourself.

Caldeen Benjamin Kusi-mensah

Caldeen Benjamin Kusi-mensah

I chose to study at Lewisham Southwark College because it was the only College nearby that specialised in Performing Arts. The course included Drama, dancing and singing, all of which I was keen to pursue.

Selina Jones

Selina Jones

The course at Lewisham Southwark College has changed my life. I feel like I’ve really grown, been challenged, exposed, and come out the other side. I owe nearly everything I’ve achieved this year to Karla and the College.

Max King

Max King

The programme is hard work, but I’m up for it. The teaching here is inspiring, passionate and dedicated. It’s a really friendly environment.

Indre Navickaite

Indre Navickaite

One of the things the College has taught me is to set my goals much higher because you never know what you can achieve until you try. Once I have some experience, my plan is to set up my own theatre company and work with people from different cultures around the world.

Fiona Oakley

Fiona Oakley

Sometimes learners will get a ‘lightbulb moment’ which transforms their attitude to studying – and that was certainly the case for Drama student Fiona Oakley.

Shanara Edwards

Shanara Edwards

I always knew I wanted to perform, and Southwark College helped me further my dance training, I learned a variety of dance styles and was given extra singing lessons so I kept up those skills too.

Elena Cebotari

Elena Cebotari

The staff here have shown me how to get better and improve my work – and I’ve already started seeing a difference, even after only 2 months. We also get amazing professional work placements – like the Plague Event at the National Maritime Museum.

Ibrahim Shote

Ibrahim Shote

Southwark College is a vibrant place where you get prepared for the world outside of education. When I was there I was in the company of good friends, I had an amazing tutor, and we were all doing what we loved to do. It was hard work but it didn’t feel like it.

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