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Performing Art – Acting or Musical Theatre or Dance

Performing Art – Acting or Musical Theatre or Dance - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the level 3 BTEC entry requirements, a keen interest and passion for performing arts are essential to succeed on this course.

Previous experience in acting, singing or dancing would be advantageous. Commitment and hard work are expected from all our students who will be invited to a pre-course workshop in July before enrolment on the course can take place.

Course Introduction:

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts qualification is equivalent in size to one A level, which has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum within a broader programme of study, which could include other vocational or academic qualifications. Students can choose to specialise in Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance.

Course Modules:

The specialist option blocks will follow a range of units typically including the following:

• The Principles of Acting
• Physical Theatre
• Audio Performance Acting
• Applying Acting Styles
• Drama Improvisation
• Performing to an Audience

Musical Theatre

• Developing Voice for the Actor
• Musical Theatre Performance
• Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
• Storytelling for Performance
• Variety Performance
• Performing to an Audience


• Developing Contemporary Dance Techniques
• Jazz Dance
• Dance Performance
• Dance Appreciation
• Choreographing Dance
• Performing to an Audience


This course is 100% coursework. You will learn and be assessed on the course by a series of practical assignments as well as some handwritten work. The course aims to be as hands-on as possible with opportunities to utilise and develop students’ talents. Teamwork is an essential part of the course as it would be in a real theatre environment.

Career Opportunities:

The Subsidiary Diploma provides a basis for progression into a broad range of roles within the sector, when supported by relevant qualifications at level 2, such as GCSE English and mathematics, and/or at level 3, such as an A level in History, Media, Music or Film Studies

It is a highly respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector, either directly or following further study. It also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector, when taken alongside other qualifications appropriate for the desired course of study.