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UAL Entry Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts

The UAL Entry Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts has been designed for pre-16 and 16-19 students to support their Key Stage 3 and 4 learning at school. The qualification is targeted at young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Additional Learning Needs (ALN), or disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare them for further study, work and adult life.

The qualification offers students the opportunity to develop personal and communication skills on their creative journey through exploration and discovery. Students are encouraged to explore, develop and apply their knowledge and skills gained from undertaking this qualification that puts creativity at the heart of the learning journey. It is expected that students will be provided with guidance or supervision throughout the duration of the qualification.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is recommended that students have an interest in exploring the Performing Arts world.

Please read the UAL Awarding Body statement of purpose for these qualifications:

Statement of Purpose - UAL Entry Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts (PDF 66KB)

Funding and delivery information

Funding has been confirmed for this qualification and will be available for first teaching September 2022. Details about funding for this qualification can be found on the ESFA website and in our 2022/23 Funding Summary Document (PDF 119KB).

If you have any further questions regarding funding, please email

Qualification at a glance

  • Level – Entry 3
  • Units – 1
  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 120
  • Typical course duration – 1 year
  • Qualification Number (QAN) -  610/1061/3
  • UCAS – n/a.


UAL Entry Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts specification (PDF 1.2MB)

Stakeholder support

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with schools, subject practitioners and employers to ensure that it provides learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to prepare learners for further study, work and adult life.

You can request Letters of support for this qualification. Email: