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Performing Arts

Performing Arts - BTEC Extended 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 is expected from all of our students who will be invited to a pre-course workshop in July before enrolment on the course can take place.

Course Introduction:

Your choice of course in this area can be tailored to meet your skills and interests. You can choose to specialise in Acting or Musical Theatre (both 2 A level equivalent) if you wish, or you might want to study all aspects of performance and follow the Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (3 A level equivalent).

Course Modules:

All students will study the core units of:

– Contemporary text performance
– Performing to an audience
– Devising theatre

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


– The principles of acting
– Physical Theatre
– Audio Acting

Musical Theatre

– Developing Voice for the Actor
– Musical Theatre Performance
– Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers

Students following the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (3 A level equivalent), will complete both the Acting and Musical Theatre units alongside the core blocks.


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. Team work is an essential part of the course as it would be in a real theatre environment.

Career Opportunities:

This is a course designed for students who wish to pursue a performance related career in the field of performing arts or to study the subject at university. It is an excellent foundation for those looking to be involved in careers such as:

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Events Management
  • Teaching
  • Drama & Comedy
  • Directing
  • Theatre in Education