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Qualification: RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts (Acting)
UCAS: Up to 168 points - that's 3 A levels
Duration: 2 years
Attendance: Full-time Monday - Thursday
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS QUALIFICATION?
We often get asked by prospective students and parents alike, "what can I do with this qualification?", "will it get me anywhere?' and "am I cutting off my options by doing it?".
The truth is there are a lot of careers advisors, heads of sixth forms and subject teachers who can't answer those questions. There's also a lot of mis-information out there, so we thought we'd give you the FACTS.
Here are the common misconceptions;
1. Diplomas aren't worth as much as A levels. UNTRUE
Level 3 Extended Diplomas (such as the ones we offer) have exactly the same UCAS points value as A levels. If you want to pursue a traditional academic subject route at university then you'll need A levels and our courses aren't for you.
2. If I want to study drama /theatre studies at university I'll need an A level in Drama/ Theatre Studies. UNTRUE
While some older universities whose BA programmes are very academic, such as Warwick and Manchester, will ask for an A level in a relevant subject , there are many who will accept an Extended Diploma, for example Falmouth University Acting BA (Hnrs), Middlesex University Theatre Arts BA(Hnrs) and Royal Holloway College University of London (one of the most prestigious university theatre departments in the UK).
3. I would like to go to drama school but I know it's very competitive and I need a fall back in case I don't get in. My school says I will have cut off all my options by doing a boomsatsuma course. UNTRUE.
First, you could access a university drama/ theatre studies course as outlined above.
Secondly, Extended Diploma qualifications can be used to access a whole range of degree programmes.
We have selected just a few of the possible range of courses that could be accessed with our Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts
BA(Hnrs) Sociology University of Birmingham
BA(Hnrs( Education. University of Swansea
BA (Hnrs) Law. University of Liverpool
BA (Hnrs) Anthropology or Philosophy. University of Sussex
BA (Hnrs) Creative Writing or Architecture. University of Arts Bournemouth
...and there are many, many more
In general Russell Group universities will ask for an A level or relevant Diploma in the subject that you want to study but there are 130 UK universities and only 24 are in the Russell Group.
Universities are often more interested In your ability to study at Level 3 (A level or Diploma) and the skills our courses develop in you are highly prized by universities.
Independent and critical thinking
So, by choosing this course you have the best chance of progressing into the industry AND you will have an extensive variety of other options.
If you want to contact university departments to find out more you should tell them you'll be studying on a Level 3 Extended Diplomas Creative and Performing Arts that's BTEC equivalent. BTEC is a brand like RSL, but BTEC is more widely known.
“WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS COURSE I WAS THRILLED AS IT REALLY CAPTURED EVERYTHING I LOVED ABOUT ACTING AND IT MADE IT FEEL SPECIAL.”
OUR COURSE PATRON,
The leap from enjoying drama at school to working as a professional actor is huge. The depth of craft to take on and the range of skills to develop require total dedication and extraordinary mental and physical stamina.
Many young people arrive at drama school ill prepared. boomsatsuma’s new Professional Acting Diploma is an excellent preparation for drama school so young people aged 16 can, for the first time, really experience what acting training is all about and can get a head start learning their craft.
It has a drama school curriculum and ethos and is taught by expert staff who work in the industry. It’s for young people who are serious about acting so I think it’s a really exciting addition to the industry and I’m delighted to be its patron.
HOW TO APPLY
You’ll need to be on track to get at least five GCSEs grades A*- C or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma (at merit or distinction). In exceptional cases we can take students who don’t have GCSE English or Maths at grade C or above and we can provide tuition in those qualifications alongside the course. Though experience of dance, drama or expressive arts subjects are advantageous in giving you a sense of what’s involved, we are more interested in raw talent and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience. We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in the way we recruit.
Go to boomsatsuma.com/professionalacting and complete the short online application form. The team will review the information you provide and decide whether to invite you to an audition. We’ll be holding audition dates throughout the year at evenings, weekends and in the school holidays. Each audition will be 3 hours and will involve group work and a solo audition for which you’ll need to prepare a speech from a modern play of a maximum 3 minutes in length. If we think you have the potential to succeed on the course we’ll either offer you a place straight away or put you on a shortlist from which we’ll make offers in the May preceding the September of entry.
16 to 18-year-olds
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for trips and recommended text books.
19-year-olds and over
If you’re aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, some students may be eligible for discounts on these depending on your circumstances and you should
contact boomsatsuma for further information. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of theatre trips.