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Performing Arts KS5

Performing Arts (Acting)  - Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate


Performing Arts is a versatile and exciting subject at Level 3. Within the course, students have the opportunity to develop skills across different acting styles as well as exploring technical theatre and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ jobs within the industry. Students have ownership of events and ample performance opportunities.

This course provides an in depth understanding of the performing arts industry and is designed for people who want to get ready for degree level study at university or find work across a range of job roles such as performer; teacher; youth worker; script writer or director. 

The department has staged many showcase events and this will be your opportunity to shine!

Within the context of the course, students are invited to attend theatre trips and Performing Arts workshops.

What is this qualification worth?

The Level 3 Extended Certificate is a new BTEC qualification which consists of three mandatory units and one optional unit. It is equivalent to one A’ Level. It provides a broad introduction to the Performing Arts sector with emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental, transferable skills.

Course details:

Key areas of study across the two year course comprise of:

Three Mandatory Units for the Extended Certificate

1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work

2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

3 Group Performance Workshop

AND one Optional Unit (with a focus on acting)

The course covers 360 guided learning hours.

How will I be assessed?

The course is designed to be as practical as possible, but there is an academic foundation to prepare the students for university life and support the level of the qualification. The new BTEC Level 3 qualifications have much more focus on the academic elements and are assessed in the following ways:

 Assignments: Set and marked by the centre. Students complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario which can be tailored to local industry needs.

What’s the result?

Students generate authentic evidence, drawing on their knowledge and skills to complete a practical project over a period of time, working either individually or in a team.

Tasks: Students complete, in controlled conditions, a task tackling an everyday challenge; some tasks also draw on pre-released information. These elements will be marked by Pearson as external components.

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

The qualification gives students UCAS points equivalent to an A’ Level which will enable them to go on to study for a degree in Performing Arts or other area of specialism or go on to have specialist training at drama schools. This qualification can also be used within any relevant employment setting.

What qualifications do I need?

Students would be able to access the Level 3 qualification in Performing Arts if they have any of the following:

  • Five GCSEs at grade A*-C which might include GCSE or BTEC Level 2 in Drama, Dance or Music
  • Grade related qualifications in Dance, Drama or Music

Students should also have an interest in developing broad skills, knowledge and understanding based on the practical needs and concerns of the performing arts industry.

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