Performing Arts - Acting BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 (Block B)

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 21
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Why choose Acting?

Acting and drama is a dynamic practice that introduces you to a world of wonder and play. It encourages you to continue questioning, exploring and teasing out new ideas and ways of living and thinking. Acting and drama is not about being the best performer or the next Hollywood star,  it is about creating and makingexploring and responding in the search of our true selves and meaningful connections with others and the world around us.

Actors need to develop many skills to be able to work, rehearse and perform in a range of acting styles. Exploring the approaches and techniques used by different theatre practitioners and/or theatre companies will help you to develop and adapt your acting and performance skills. This will make you a more versatile actor, opening up possibilities for you to work in a broad range of styles.

Skills you will gain:

  • Oral Communication Skills.
  • Creative Problem Solving Abilities. 
  • Motivation and Commitment. 
  • Willingness to Work Cooperatively
  • The Ability to Work Independently.
  • Initiative.
  • Work to deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Adaptable and flexible


Year 12

• Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance.

• Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

Year 13

• Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work

• Unit 19: Acting Styles

Units alternate every other year to fit class numbers.

How will it be delivered?

The course is both assessed externally by PEARSON via exam, performance and controlled assessment, and assessed internally by subject teacher.  You will be assessed on your contribution in workshops and in rehearsal, as well as on your performances.  You will also be assessed on written work which is in the form of a research and development portfolio.  

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 subjects at GCSE, A*– C (Grade 4 or higher) or equivalent, and either BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts - Drama (Merit or higher) or GCSE Drama (Grade C/4 or higher). External students may require an audition.

Your next steps...

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, 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.

Career opportunities:

  • Actor/actress.
  • Stage manager.
  • Arts administrator.
  • Drama teacher.
  • Dramatherapist.
  • Television production assistant.
  • Radio presenter.
  • Theatre director