Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma

Level 3, equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Why should I study BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts?

Why should I study this subject?

Performing Arts is a dynamic and exciting new course that prepares students for performance and beyond. The course allows students to create, understand and perform drama, dance and music in a challenging way. Throughout the course students will study many different performing arts genres including physical theatre, film and TV acting, and musical theatre.

This uniquely delivered programme is designed for those interested in continuing their study of performing arts in higher education and those who want a career within the performing arts industry.

This vocational course has a huge emphasis on practical work and students will be expected to be involved in many public performances and extra-curricular activities. Students will relish the opportunity to develop their creativity and performance throughout the two years. There will be some external assessment of approximately 40%.

What will I study?

Core units involve: performance workshop, performing arts business, historical context of performance, rehearsing for performance and performing to an audience.

Additional units may include: variety performance, principles of acting, applying acting styles, developing physical theatre, applying physical theatre, movement in performance, developing movement skills, voice and the actor, developing voice for the actor, devising plays, contemporary theatre performance and musical theatre performance.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 4 in English Language.

What skills do I need?

  • Good acting ability, movement skills and communication skills
  • A good standard of English
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • The ability to lead when necessary
  • The ability to work hard under pressure


How will I be taught?

  • Tutorial-type teaching
  • Practical work in small groups or individually
  • Master classes
  • Workshops
  • Performances


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through performance and written coursework. In addition to your teacher, the College will be allocated an external verifier who will assess your work. During performance units, students will be required to rehearse in groups outside lesson time.

What will the course prepare me for?

Performing Arts students can go on to do a variety of things. Some go on to study Performing Arts at specialist schools, colleges and universities. Many go into the performing arts industry. Others have gone on to a whole host of other courses, ranging from Psychology to IT, to English to Art/Fashion, to Mathematics.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts requires six-eight hours per week of additional study, but much of this is rehearsing.

What materials will I need to purchase?

You will be expected to attend the theatre visits and there is the opportunity to go on a residential trip abroad and to London.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you are energetic, creative, disciplined and enjoy coursework.

This subject is not for you if…
you don’t like practical independent work and have no interest in the visual arts.