Course: Performing Arts BTEC

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Performing Arts BTEC


Sixth Form College


2 Years



Do you have a keen interest in Acting, Musical Theatre, Drama, Improvisation, Directing, Backstage and Technical work or Script Writing?

We offer specialist pathways that can be studied separately as either a Performing Arts Subsidiary Diploma (1 A Level equivalent) or Diploma: Acting (2 A Level equivalent). Alternatively both subsidiaries can be combined to create a Diploma in Performing Arts.

The acting pathway is a two year programme that covers all aspects of actor training. You will study a range of acting techniques from Stanislavski and Brecht to improvisation and stand‐up, as well as classical and contemporary theatre practices. This is a practical course that is underpinned with theory and business skills. You will have the opportunity to become fully involved in the process of performance from directing and writing to critical evaluation.

Your study will include both practical and theoretical aspects, and as a BTEC course you will need to collate a variety of evidence over the course to enable for you to complete your qualification. The evidence you will produce will vary from performances in acting, dance, music, to script writing, to presentations, group discussions, essays/reports and much more.

The compulsory aspect of the course, the first year, will focus around performance, in acting, dance, musical and physical theatre as well as looking at Performance in a broader context and its impact upon an audience. Once the compulsory elements have been completed progress onto optional units, planned as a group. You will be able to have an input into the areas within which you wish to focus in more detail:

  • Approaches to directing theatre appreciation
  • Audition techniques for actors
  • Classical theatre/Street theatre
  • Performing arts business – you will learn how to set‐up and run arts and community projects, get funding and manage your own arts practice

What We Add

  • A number of performing arts spaces in which you will work, from the drama theatre space to the semi‐sprung dance studio. Music rooms, recording booth and filming/broadcast room.
  • The college has a state of the art performance space, which can provide an intimate space for productions, or be opened up into the atrium for a bigger effect.
  • The college has a whole range of technology that can support with filming, recording, and editing.
  • Access to the facilities at Waterlane at times throughout the day, so should you want to develop your health and fitness to support your development into a Performing Arts career then you can do so.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for BTEC level 3 qualifications (including English grade A*‐C) (4 or 5)


University – a variety of university courses may specialise in performance or be combined with a large variety of subjects, from business to childhood studies, from English to psychology, events management to film studies. Routes from university include choreographer, performer, teacher, dance artist, community dance artist, dance practitioner, starting up a dance company, dance movement therapists, events managers.

Performing Arts Colleges – A BTEC in performing arts is a great platform from which to progress to a specialist performing arts college offering an intensive vocational programme.

Work – You will have gained the vocational skills both practically and theoretically to set up as a freelance performing artist with a professional CV, knowledge of which unions to join and experience of creating professional work that will hold up at auditions.

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