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Performance – Pivotal Performance Company

UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma

students singing and performing

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Professional Diploma in Performance - UAL Level 4 Diploma SFY-PAPR4D/C01

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Higher Education

Academic Year 2024-25 (1 year)

Examination board
University of the Arts London
Course Fee Advanced Learning Loan 4670.00
Course free for under 19 year olds Standard 0.00

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The qualification is suitable for students who intend to pursue a career in the creative industry as a dancer, actor or musical theatre performer.

You will automatically become a member of ‘Pivotal Performance Company’ a multidisciplinary performers company engaged in the study and realisation of creative work which explores contemporary and innovative performance practice.

The course is intended as a professional foundation in performance practices and will provide you with an opportunity to stretch and refine your practical skills, deepening your understanding of performance contexts.

The course units are designed to encourage you to explore and develop your creativity through stimulating skill classes, masterclasses and project creations across the performing arts disciplines in dance, acting and singing. In addition to advancing your technical competency you will engage in performance activities to platform and showcase your expanding repertoire and produce a personalised performance portfolio.

Cost: FREE £4,670 (£4,670 if over 19 years old).

To study on this course you will need:
– 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English
– 120 UCAS points from a full Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts qualification, or
– an equivalent A Level programme

Entry also includes an interview and successful audition.

On this UAL Level 4 course you will study the following units:

– Unit 1: Applied Professional Practice
– Unit 2: Specialist Performance Practice
– Unit 3: Specialist Performance Project

The focus areas are:

– Performance Aesthetics
– Acting Skills
– Singing Practice
– Dance Technique
– Practitioner Study
– Professional Standards
– Performance Theory and Context
– Audition Preparation
– Styles and Genres
– Contemporary Performance

This course uses a blended learning programme of practical sessions, seminars and lectures supported by digital learning technologies. You will take part in skill classes across the performing arts disciplines, and have performance opportunities to realise and showcase your expanding repertoire.

The specialist facilities include two large dance studios, a rehearsal and performance black box studio and a fully functioning and flexible black box theatre with seating capacity of 160. In addition, there are numerous flexible classrooms for workshops, rehearsals and seminars.

You are expected to attend campus across three days with some intermittent evening commitments. You can expect to take part in lectures, seminars, skill classes, workshops, visiting company masterclasses, performance visits and live performances.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including tutor observation of your practical skills in workshops, rehearsals and performances. You will receive regular feedback and guidance.

You will also submit a portfolio of evidence in a form of your choice including presentations, written essays, vlogs and reflective journals.

Key assessments are based on:
– Practical performance skills
– Collaborative project work
– Performance portfolio including research, critical reflection and evaluation

Theatre visits
Play texts
Movement wear/footwear

Course cost: FREE (£4,670 if over 19 years old).

Successful applicants have gone on to pursue the following careers: actor, dancer, performer, performance facilitator and movement/theatre director.

Students have also progressed to university or Conservatoire to undertake Higher Education. It is possible to progress directly from this course on to Year 2 of an Arts degree at Solent University, allowing you to save money by not paying the first year university fees.

We have links with a variety of local performance based and creative industries.


As a company member of Pivotal, you will be involved in works directed and choreographed by experienced staff, in the creation of discipline based projects informed by a shared artistic theme or topic, blending, acting, dance and song to extend your insight into multidisciplinary performance work. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate in student-led work, defining your own personal interest and area of expertise in your final showcase.

You will apply professional standards and showcase your creative work on stage in our South Downs Campus Theatre. In addition you will have the opportunity to tour your work to an external venue.

As a key member of Pivotal you will gain insight into industry expectations and gain experience through:
- Performing
- Touring a production
- Workshop facilitation
- Reflective practice

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook