Why study performing arts?

The performing arts course builds on skills such as working as part of a team, the capability to undertake rigorous research and develop imaginative presentational skills, as well as acting and performing. You will learn how to speak with confidence, enthusiasm and flair under many varied guises, but most of all you will develop your knowledge, understanding and application of the subject.

What will I learn about?

Investigating practitioners’ work
This unit challenges you to research and investigate two practitioners’ work and consolidate your knowledge and understanding during a three hour assessment.

Developing skills and techniques for live performance
You are encouraged to develop your physical and vocal skills to prepare for the world of acting. You will learn all about the acting and production industry, and develop core skills to prepare you for the profession. This culminates in a live performance of extracts from two contrasting plays performed to a live audience.

Group performance
You will devise an original piece around a given stimulus. You will develop your work as a group utilising all of your creative and performance skills, and have to demonstrate great teamwork and communication throughout.

Interpreting classical text for performance
You will explore a text from a director’s perspective which will be of a classical play. Learning what is expected of you as an actor, you will gain the knowledge and skills in how to work as a production team under pressure and with time constraints. You will also develop a monologue of a classical piece, which could subsequently be used in auditions for drama school or university.

How will I be assessed?

• Practical work
• Performance
• Group work
• Written assessment

Future pathways and careers

• Theatre production
• Acting
• Director for TV, film or theatre
• Media
• Journalism
• Public sector careers
• Social care

Course level

BTEC Level 3 – extended certificate

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 4 in drama. For students who have not studied GCSE drama, grade 4 or above in English.

Examination board



To be confirmed