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Performance Arts (BTEC)

How the course is assessed

58% internally assessed and 42% externally assessed

Course outline:

Most units will be practical resulting in a performance, supported by written evidence of process/research

Mandatory units

Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Group Performance Workshop

Performing Arts in the Community

Individual Performance Commission

Final Live Performance to an Audience

Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts

Optional units

Acting Styles


Movement in Performance

Children’s Theatre Performance

Site specific Performance

Physical Theatre Techniques


Example projects:

  • Performance of a full length scripted play in a professional standard venue
  • Performance of a Devised piece of theatre in a professional standard venue
  • Performance of a pantomime/storytelling work to a primary school audience
  • Horror performance in which the audience interact with the actors throughout

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

  • University – Pure Drama/ Dance Or Combined Degree
  • Vocational Drama/ Dance School – Such As RADA, Laban, Urdang Academy of Performing Arts
  • Film School
  • Apprenticeships: Theatre, TV, Stage Management, Events Management, Journalism And More
  • Employment: Actor, Dancer, Radio presenter, Director, Choreographer, Producer, Designer, PR, Marketing and Advertising, Events Management, Drama Teacher, Editor, Sports Journalist, Digital Assistant, Social Media Coordinator, Arts Admin, Stage Manager, Youth and Community Worker, Education Officer with a professional Theatre Company, Sales 

Previous Examination success rates:

100% pass rate

40% Distinction* grade

60% Distinction grade

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for BTEC/CTEC Extended Diploma’s, that is, a GCSE grade 4 and above in English Language and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and above (point score of 36.0 or higher).

Additional information:

  • We run several trips a year to see professional theatre such as Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time, Edward Scissor Hands, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Frantic Assembly
  • Ongoing partnerships for strong employer engagement including RADA and The Barbican, The Royal Ballet School and Laban and local arts organisations
  • We have been chosen to participate in an exciting Arts Council Pilot because of our ongoing commitment to arts and culture
  • Outstanding facilities - 325 seat professional Theatre venue and 90 seat performance studio both kitted out to professional technical specifications

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