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The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre is a two year programme which allows you to progress onto a Degree level course, audition for theatre schools or to provide you with skills to find employment. The programme is structured so that in the first year you achieve a 90-credit Diploma which is then topped up to an Extended Diploma at the end of the second year. 

The Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) encompasses all aspects of performing  arts with a particular focus on Musical Theatre - giving every student an excellent grounding in Singing, Dancing and Acting, alongside developing individuality and performance skills. 

ESPA provide a supportive environment that fosters not only the artistic development but also intellectual and personal development within all its students. The training is based around practical sessions and performance experience, where the three skills are brought together. Students will also study the historical, stylistic and professional aspects of the industry. You will be assessed in core areas such as Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Dance, Singing and Acting throughout the year, along with completing assessments in Performing Arts Business and Voice. 


You will perform in the full school showcase during the first year along with experiencing industry workshops from guest tutors.

Weekly Classes Include:

Vocal Ensemble



 Vocal Repertoire/LAMDA




 Performance Workshop


 Dance Performance



‘I consider ESPA to be the start of my journey, the place that showed me what my future could be. I started with little experience of Musical Theatre, I was unaware of what I could achieve but with the love and guidance of the tutors I was able to take steps forward and explore where I would fit into the industry. You will learn how to put your skills into practise in groups and individually whilst having the best time of your life. Thanks to ESPA I am now currently training at Arts Educational Schools, London on the BA Musical Theatre course, a school I never would have reached without the training and guidance I received at ESPA.’ 

Will Silver 2015-2017 Musical Theatre

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ESPA Student Destinations:

Arts Educational School London


Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Urdang Academy

Performers College

Bird College

Italia Conti

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Oxford School of Drama

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama



Liverpool Theatre School 

Emil Dale


Stella Mann

Soloist Showcase
Finding Neverland
Showcase 2019 - Hairspray
Showcase 2019 - Panthers
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