Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

If you are looking for a career in the theatre and the arts then this course is definitely for you.

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2 Years


September 2020 start


This course emphasises learning and develops practical performance skills through technique classes and is performance-based, including performing in at least two major productions each year. You will study 18 units over the duration of your course and experience a broad range of technique, rehearsal and performance work.

You will have the option of specialising in dance or drama, although you will be required to take some classes in both specialisms to broaden your skills.

You will learn how to assess and reflect on your own progress and provide constructive feedback to others when working in small and large groups.

Your academic work focuses on research into the original productions of creative works.

You will learn about different aspects of the performing arts business and how you can move on to your next step in the industry at the end of your course. Most of our students progress to university, drama schools and dance colleges and many become performers or performing arts teachers.

You will study the 3 following mandatory units:

  • Prepare to work in the performing arts sector
    • The performing arts industry is a large and complex business. As well as playing a part in the cultural life of a country, it has significant economic benefits and impacts on the lives of most people; this could be when they watch a performance, play a CD or send their children to dance classes. It is hugely diverse and embraces many different art forms, jobs and types of organisations.
  • Proposal for a commissioning brief
    • Working as a community artist can be both challenging and highly rewarding and community groups of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds have benefited from working with committed and creative young artists. This unit will equip you with the range of skills to be able to set out proposals as a response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops. It will also provide you with a set of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in your chosen artistic field.
  • Influential performance practice
    • This unit will give you the framework that will stay with you for your entire career, placing yourself in the optimum position for employment and further training and provide the attitude and professional perspective to build a firm foundation in the changing and dynamic working environment that is the Performing Arts.

Optional units maximum of 2 chosen include:

  • Combined Arts
  • Current issues in performing arts
  • Improvisation
  • Health and fitness for performance
  • Performing repertoire

In addition to these you will study 2-3 the following pathway optional units’ dependant on your chosen pathway:

  • Classical theatre performance
  • Script writing
  • Dance performance
  • Dance choreography
  • Music performance
  • Song writing


Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English 4 and maths at 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above. You must also prepare a 2 minute audition piece in either acting.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through public performances (e.g., plays and dance showcases), internal assessments (e.g., audition and technique workshops), and research and evaluation written assignments. You will also be ssessed on the standard of your written work, i.e. English skills and, where necessary, numeracy.


A higher education degree in performing arts, drama theatre or dance, or studying at a drama school or dance college.

You could enter employment in theatre or dance companies, teaching, stage management, arts administration, directing, writing, producing, choreography or many other roles in the creative industries.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

You may need to pay some essential costs. There is a £35 bond to cover the cost of theatre visits and similar projects. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information, contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.






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    Start date

    2019-09-02 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-06-25 00:00:00.000

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