Performing Arts (Acting)

BTEC Level 3

The BTEC in Performing Arts is available to study as an Extended Certificate (Equivalent to one A-Level, can be taken alongside other subjects) or the Extended Diploma (Equivalent to three A-Levels, full time programme of study).

The course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of areas within the performing arts. Through studying this course, you will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare you to progress to employment or continue to study in Higher Education.

How will I be assessed?

By a mixture of coursework and controlled assessment. This course uses a combination of assessment styles to give you the confidence to apply your knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses. Career Path

  • Many of our students go on to further study of Performing Arts related courses at University or at specialist drama schools. Some also follow careers in the Entertainment industry in both performance and production as well as careers in the leisure industry, public relations and advocacy.

More than just a course

The study of the Performing Arts exposes us to a varied subject matter, this allows us to develop as people. It offers the opportunity for many visits to the theatre and exposure to professional practice. There may also be opportunities to work with visiting professional companies though workshops and the chance to perform in extra-curricular productions.

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, studying this qualification will provide you with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

Units you will study

  • Investigating Practitioners Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Acting Styles

You may also study

  • Writing for Performance
  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
  • Developing the Voice for Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in Performance
  • Children’s Theatre Performance
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Physical Theatre Techniques

Entry Requirements

Students must have 5 or more A*-C passes. English and Maths must be at least grade 4.

This should also include grade C or above in GCSE Drama or a merit/distinction grade profile in a BTEC Level 2 Diploma: Dance, Drama, Music or Expressive Arts subjects would be an advantage, (if you have not had the opportunity to take these at GCSE/Level 2 you should have had experience of performing in school plays or elsewhere).