BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performance (Acting Strand)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KN09
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This qualification offers an engaging programme to support learners who want to pursue a career in performing arts with a focus on Acting. Emphasis is on core knowledge and performing arts transferable skills including communication, presentation, physical and creative skills.

The BTEC approaches learning through projects, self-directed assignments and group work to support the development of employability skills, such as self-management, team working, problem solving, communication and literacy.

This qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.


Mandatory Units: Learners must complete

  • Group performance workshop
  • Developing skills and techniques for performance
  • Investigating Practitioners' Work

Optional Units:  

  • Acting styles

How will it be delivered?

External Assessments:

  • Set tasks - learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task
  • Performance - learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence

Internal Assessments - Learners could be given opportunities to: 

  • Write up the findings of their own research
  • Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate techniques and processes

Learners will understand different audiences in different environments and will learn to adapt a performance to engage the target audience. 

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.

Your next steps...

See Careers Leader for more information.

Future courses & possible careers:

  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker 
  • Drama Therapist 
  • Film/Theatre Director 
  • Arts Administrator 
  • Broadcast presenter 
  • Teacher 
  • Theatre Stage Manager 
  • Lighting & Sound Designer/Technician 
  • Arts, Design & Media 
  • Retail & Catering 
  • Marketing, PR & Sales 
  • Secretarial & Numerical clerks