Key Stage 5
BTEC Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Certificate

Why study this course?

Performing Arts is a fantastic course, designed to develop and increase the knowledge of drama as a performing art. Students can pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting, directing, devising, script work and writing along with the possibilities of studying other mediums. For example, Storytelling or Musical Theatre.


What does this qualification cover?
Students are provided with practical and creative opportunities to explore the Performing Arts. Through the exploration of different play texts and practitioners, responding to direction and creating original devised performances, students develop their understanding of performance and will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable.


What will I study?

Year 1
In Year 1 the main focus will be on (subject to change):
Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work which is an external assessment.
Investigating the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.
Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance which is an internal assessment.
Exploring technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.


Year 2
In Year 2, the main focus will be on (subject to change):

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop which is an external assessment.
Working as a group using a given stimulus to create performance material.

Optional Unit: This is where we have the opportunity to study a style of theatre that is tailor-made for the students who pick the course. Units that can be chosen include; Acting Styles, Improvisation, Developing the voice for performance and Musical Theatre Techniques


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through internally marked coursework that takes the form of a performance, presentation and performance log as well as video recordings of the group workshop. As well as this there is external assessment in the form of two set tasks, both practical and written that are marked externally.


Where can it lead?

BTEC Performing Arts opens a variety of pathways, beyond just careers in theatre. A range of routes at university are created, as well as developing a range of skills relevant in the wider world of work. Students would be well equipped to follow degree courses in Drama, English, Journalism/Media Studies, Stage-Management and Arts Management. In addition to encouraging critical and creative skills, Performing Arts also increases confidence and leadership skills along with training in teamwork.

Staff List

Mrs H Watts

Course Leader

Mr D Dixon – Faculty Leader

Mr A Hart

Mr A Lancashire

Mrs J Mason

Exam Board

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Past Papers

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Revision Sites

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Option Blocks