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Performing Arts

Performing Arts

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Exam Board : Edexcel BTEC

Qualification: Level 3 Extended Diploma

Pippa Barton:

Why study Performing Arts?

The course has been developed in the performing arts sector to provide the opportunity for students to enter employment in the performing arts sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Higher Nationals in Performing Arts.

The qualification will develop your skills across the performing arts spectrum with Acting, Physical Theatre, Dance and Musical Theatre pathways as possible options.

What will you study?

The range of units you can take is vast and will depend on your particular talents and interests, but is likely to include the following:

Mandatory units:

  • Principles of Acting
  • Performance Arts as a Business
  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing to an Audience

Optional units:

  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Practice of Directing
  • Theatre in Education
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Film and TV
  • Applying Acting Styles

Methods of Assessment

The assessment approach in Performing Arts allows you to receive feedback on your progress throughout the course as you provide evidence towards the grading criteria.


  • Attendance on trips e.g. West End performances, Stratford Upon Avon in addition to local Cambridge and Norfolk theatres
  • Black joggers and black polo shirt for practical workshops
  • A professional and positive mental attitude

Future Prospects

Having completed this course you will be ideally placed to progress to level 4 or 5 BTEC Higher Nationals in Performing Arts or Music, or to other higher education provision, as you will have received a thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills needed.

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