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Performing Arts – Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance

Performing Arts – Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance - 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:

The Extended Diploma is a full-time course tailored to meet your skills and interests. As well as doing the Core Performing Arts modules, you also choose to specialise in 2 out of the following 3 disciplines: Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance. These vocational qualifications help level 3 students develop the practical knowledge, skills and understanding they need to prepare for their chosen career.

Course Modules:

All students on the Extended Diploma will study the core units of:

  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Historical Context of Performance
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Rehearsing for Performance

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
  • Auditions for Actors

Musical Theatre

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


  • Developing Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Jazz Dance
  • Dance Performance
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Choreographing Dance


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 quali­fications provide career development opportunities, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions

On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 quali­fication, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.

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

Musical Theatre
Stage Management
Events Management
Theatre in Education
Dance Journalist
Dance Movement/Music/Drama Therapist