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Performing arts

Course outline

Equivalent to an A Level, this BTEC course will develop your practical skills and knowledge across a range of performing arts disciplines and practitioners, developing critical analysis and contextual understanding of theatrical work. Students will gain a taste and appreciation of performing arts, through knowledge and experience of the creative process.

Course content

The course enables students to explore, develop and apply theatrical styles and knowledge, using a range of study techniques. You will carry out research, participate in teacher-led and student-led workshops, prepare and deliver presentations and develop a written portfolio. You will perform scripted work and devise work, participating in rehearsal and performing to an audience. 

Areas of study:

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners (external written exam)
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills & Techniques for Live Performance (internal assessment)
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (external written and practical assessment)
  • Unit 18: Interpreting Classical Text for Performance (internal assessment) 

Students will have access to drama studios, auditorium and site specific venues. Employer engagement opportunities and theatre trips also support learning. 

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade 5 and drama grade 5. Students that are passionate about performing arts and able to develop theoretical study alongside practice with commitment and professionalism.

Career / higher education opportunities

Progression to further study, careers in performing, law, community arts, wider creative industries. A platform for continuing on to university, stage school, industry opportunities. 

Course specification

Edexcel (NQF) BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts - Acting

Student view

“I get a feeling of pride and sense of achievement, when the applause confirms that the hard work and commitment has been successful. It's challenging and rewarding. I love it!” Isla Dear - Year 13