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Performing Arts (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is equivalent in size to one A level. It is for students interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in performing arts.

Course content

You will study 4 units, covering the following:
● Investigating Practitioners’ Work
● Group Performance Workshop
● Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
● Acting Styles
These units have been designed to support progression to a range of sector related courses in HE, and also to link with relevant occupational areas.
This qualification enables you to acquire substantial cross sector knowledge, as well as practical skills.

Entry requirements

Pass or above in Performing Arts +  4 other Grade 9-4 or A*-C GCSEs (and the ability to perform in front of a live audience)


4 units over 2 years 3 mandatory units that students must complete, 2 internally assessed and 2 externally assessed.


Future opportunities

This qualification is supported by the following organisations:
Higher education,
University of Exeter,
University of Huddersfield,
University of Chichester,
Kingston University,
Southampton Solent University,
University of the West of England,
Professional and trade bodies,
Equity, Employers,
The Royal Ballet School,
Living The Dream,
Vibrant Networks,
Act On It
Gate Theatre Notting Hill,

Further information

Need to attend Theatre visits regularly to review and reflect on own performances. The more work that is seen, the more likely you are to achieve higher levels for performance techniques and styles

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.