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Post-16 top-up course

This additional course is available to all students studying on our Post-16 Level 3 Extended Diploma

Students studying on our Level 3 Extended Diploma course are able to access a host of additional extra classes and training opportunities outside of the qualification. In addition to the necessary Level 3 units, students have the option to benefit from a wealth of additional training, should they wish.

Throughout the course you will work hard developing core skills in order to progress to vocational training at a professional level. The course focuses on practical, technical and theoretical training with a strong emphasis on audition preparation. Daily technique classes as well as a varied performance syllabus will ensure you reach your full potential.

Our students are closely monitored throughout their course and are supported by outstanding pastoral care, dedicated physio support and more. All students receive individual one-to-one tuition from our leading faculty alongside group classes.

Why study at The Big Act?

There are several differences between our courses and courses offered at more traditional educational establishments - contact time, teaching faculty, vocational focus, industry exposure, opportunities etc.

All of our courses are intensive and you can expect to work harder than you have ever worked in your life. We push our students hard, set high expectations and will ensure you reach your potential. The results and progression we see is reflected in this.

Upon successful completion of the course students may choose to audition for 3 year Higher Education/drama school/degree courses. Ex-students have been offered places at many leading drama schools including Guildford School of Acting, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, Urdang, London College of Music and more. Students may also have the opportunity (subject to audition) to join the second or third year of our 3 year Diploma course allowing them, where appropriate to complete their training.

Application Procedure

Entry is strictly by audition only. There is no audition fee. Applications should be made online. We are happy to arrange online auditions for overseas applicants only.


Fees for the top-up course are £1200 per year inclusive of VAT and are payable privately. We are able to award scholarships against this fee in some circumstances.


Complete your online application today to be included in our next audition!


  • Up to an additional 15hrs contact time per week.

  • Classes streamed by ability throughout

  • Weekly one-to-one tuition throughout

  • Leading performance opportunities

  • Dedicated, specialist in-house physio

  • Varied, vocationally focussed timetable


Complete your online application today to be included in our next audition!


Acting technique

Acting impro

Acting text

Acting through song

Anatomy & physiology

Audition class




Classical text



Ensemble singing




Musical Theatre

Music Theory

Pas de deux




Tap repertoire

Tap technique

Voice technique

Classes may vary depending on course pathway

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