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Course Detail

This Performing Arts course supports students wishing to access further study of the Performing Arts at University, or enter the world of work in the Arts. Covering all aspects of theatre, from rehearsals and performances to backstage set up, you will be expected to take an active role in the creative process and produce a range of coursework to demonstrate your understanding and application of key skills. We have excellent links with local theatres and theatre practitioners; studies are supported through regular theatre visits and workshop opportunities with professional companies and practitioners.

In the mandatory units, students will explore contrasting genres and the work of key theatrical practitioners, will participate in practical workshops to explore a range of rehearsal techniques and will prepare performance work for an audience. They will also gain an insight into the business practices of the Performing Industry through practical application.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-Level.

How will I be assessed?

This course has both internally and externally assessed components; methods of assessment include presentations, performances and written up assignments. Internally assessed units require students to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate workplace values and practices.

These requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed though performances and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. The styles of external assessment used are:

  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task
  • performance – learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Drama or Performing Arts: 4
or Merit in BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts

GCSE Maths: 4

GCSE English: 4

Three additional GCSEs, in any subject, at grade C/4 or better.

Where can this course take me?

Many of our students opt to continue their studies at university. This course can lead to a range of courses including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, and Community Performance. Some students progress onto Arts Apprenticeships or enter the Performance and Cultural Industries as a member of the workforce.