Performing Arts

BTEC Level 3

Extended Certificate = 1 x A level (360 Guided Learning Hours)

COURSE DETAILS

This is a Level 3 qualification that can be taken alongside other A-level courses.

The course is ideal for any student who wishes to progress their career in music, acting or go into the creative industries. The course is a vocational qualification that enables students to develop their performance skills to a very high level and to learn the graft and craft of performance – be it music, drama, dance or a combination. Although it is predominately practical by nature you will take part in theory sessions to deepen your understanding of the industry. It is a nationally recognised qualification by well-established Universities and Drama Schools.

WHAT WILL I STUDY ON THE COURSE?

Over two years you will study 4 units in total. Three of these are mandatory but will be tailored to a student’s specialism (music, drama or dance).

  • Investigating Practitioners’ work
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Group performance workshop

For the final unit, students will pick from an optional list of music, drama or dance units.
Each unit consists of several tasks – both practical and written

The course is 50% examined by the board and 50% internally assessed
There is no written examination – only practical performances and coursework

WILL I NEED ANY QUALIFICATIONS TO DO THIS COURSE

Entry onto this course consists of 5 GCSE Grade 4 or above, including English, GCSE Drama and/or Music (or equivalent, such as BTEC First Diploma/Extended Certificate in Performing Arts etc.). Music specialist students must already play an instrument or sing.
We ask that all students have a passion for music, theatre and performance and are enthusiastic about their studies as it is a demanding course. There will be a lot of independent research and studying required outside of lesson time in order to succeed.

ASSESSMENT: APPROXIMATELY 70% PRACTIAL & 30% WRITTEN

The majority of your learning will take place practically whereby you will develop specific acting or music techniques and skills. You will learn through rehearsing, performing and research. You will be assessed through practical rehearsal, performance and supporting logs/evaluations of the work produced. Some written tasks will take place under controlled conditions to a set time limit.
Each unit is assessed as a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* grade. These grades are totalled with their unit weighting to achieve and overall P, M, D or D* grade.