BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate / Diploma in Performing Arts

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 TRC6
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This qualification will enable you to explore your practical and academic abilities, allowing you to discover a range of skills within the performing arts sector. The units within the course cover all elements allowing you to specialise in the pathway that best fits your skills (acting, singing, dancing), however you should be prepared to participate in everything. The transferrable skills you will develop will range from independent to group work, where you will be able to mastery in acting, movement, and musical theatre; as well as increasing your academic knowledge of the performing arts industry, practitioners, and events management. The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of sector-related degrees that can lead to employment, within the Creative Industries.

Do I have to be able to act, sing and dance to do the course?

GCSE or BTEC Level 2 in Drama/ Expressive Arts/Dance/Music are useful but not essential. It is more important that you are prepared to have a go at everything and focus on improving your skills. It is also important that you have experience in performing in front of peers and an audience or that you are willing to have a go at this, as this is a crucial element of the course.


The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of secto rrelated degrees and apprenticeships that can lead to employment within the Creative Industries.

In Y12 you will complete the following units:

• Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (internally assessed)

• Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (externally assessed)

In Y13 you will complete the following units:

• Unit 19: Acting Styles (internally assessed)

• Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

The units within the course cover all elements of theatre and you will study a range of acting styles such as naturalistic and non-naturalistic theatre, with a specific emphasis on practitioners’ techniques and styles. You will explore a range of practical performance projects working independently and in groups from a stimulus, or script, to create theatre for a live audience, based on the skills you learn in workshops and lessons and you will reflect on your practical work. You will explore practitioners’ such as; Brecht, Frantic Assembly, DV8, Andrew Lloyd Webber,

Stanislavski, Berkoff and Artuad, through practical exploration and research. You will also; research in depth and complete an extended piece of writing on practitioners’ styles, techniques and repertoire, complete a research report exploring and investigating into the roles and skills of a performer and prepare a presentation based on practitioners and their work.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

This qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop crucial and transferable skills. These skills will equip you for your future and are highly regarded by all

higher education providers and employers.

• Cognitive and problem-solving skills: the use of critical thinking, approaching problems by applying expert creative solutions, using systems and technology.

• Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.

• Interpersonal skills: self-confidence, self-reflection, self-management, self discipline, organisation, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and relationship development.

How will it be delivered?

Assessments are internally assessed; in college by your teacher and externally assessed; sent off to the exam board.

Assessments are a combination of practical performances, coursework, evaluation/ target setting and set tasks by the exam board BTEC Pearson.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Grade 5 plus audition. 

Your next steps...

HE / Community Arts Worker, Drama Therapist, Actor, Teacher, Public Services, Retail, Marketing and Dancer.