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The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts provide learners with skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the creative and performing arts industries or progression to further study at a higher level.

These are rigorous advanced (Level 3) technical qualifications, on a par with A Levels and recognised by employers. Tech Levels are for post-16 students wishing to specialise in a specific industry, occupation or occupational group. They equip a student with specialist knowledge and skills, enabling entry to employment or progression to a related higher education course.

Learners completing these qualifications will have the skills to progress straight into the creative and  performing arts industries. They are divided into specific pathways offering the opportunity to undertake specialised learning that can be accurately matched to specific career outcomes in the creative and performing arts industries. Learners can progress to Higher Education courses such as performing arts degrees. There are more than 70 courses in HEIs offering degrees in performing arts, enabling students to develop further the knowledge and skills obtained from the RSL Level 3 Diploma for Creative and Performing Arts, preparing them for work in the industry. The Diploma carries up to 84 UCAS points.

Entry Requirement

A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Subject Specific Requirements

Grade 6 in Dance and 5 in English. 


One external unit: CAPA 304 Performance Preparation (180 GLH)

One internally assessed unit: CAPA 306 Planning for a Career in the Creative and Performing Arts (90GLH)

Five optional internally assessed units from  a choice of the following (300 GLH in total)

- CAPA 322 Applying Safe Dance Practice 60

- CAPA 324 Choreography 60

- CAPA 331 Ensemble Dance Performance 60

- CAPA 334 Leading Dance 60 100

- CAPA 335 Repertory Dance Performance 60 100

Future Applications 

Dancer/Performer, Choreographer, Anamateur, Secondary/Primary/Private Teacher, Lecturer, Events Manager, Director, Tutor, Arts Administrator, Performing Arts , Facilitator, Arts Assistant,
Programme Coordinator, Front of House Manager, Executive Director, Dance Assessor/Examiner, Youth Dance Coordinator, Project Manager, Physiotherapist, Health & Fitness Instructor.


Sam & Joshua : Doreen, Caitlin : London Studio Centre, Emily: Lincoln, Courtney & Rebekah : DeMonfort, Rebecca : Colchester & Mountview, Jess & Lois : Performers College, James: Bodyworks, Leo: Rambert