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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts suits students who wish to act or perform. It is equivalent to one A Level and is ideal for anyone wishing to set foot on a stage in front of a live audience. It offers a specialist qualification that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a professional actor.

There are opportunities for theatre visits/ trips/ workshops with professional practitioners to inspire and give industry advice.

A considerable emphasis is placed on practical work therefore commitment and collaboration are paramount; consequently, all students are expected to be fully dedicated to the discipline  of rehearsal and performance.

There is a combination of internal and external marking/moderation. There is no final written  exam as students will be continually assessed  in supervised practical and written specified sessions relating to the relevant unit. 


You will complete four units of study outlined  below these consist of three mandatory units and one optional unit.

Mandatory units

• Investigating a practitioner’s work

• Developing skills and techniques  for live performance

• Group performance 

Optional units

• Acting styles

• Interpreting Classical Text for Performance  

How will it be delivered?

A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.

Entry requirements

GCSE Drama is preferred however a keen interest and strong commitment will be acceptable.

Your next steps...

BTEC in Performing Arts is a recognised subject for entrance to university or college. It is also valuable for careers in acting, design, directing, journalism, public relations, teaching.


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