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Performing Arts Advanced BTEC Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This highly practical course will put you on the path to an exciting and challenging career in the performing arts industry.  You will develop a range of skills and techniques that are relevant to, and reflective of, current practice within this vibrant industry.

If you do not have GCSE Maths at grade A*-C, you will also develop your skills in maths.  This will support your main study programme, future progression and life skills.

Course content

You will study:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Principles of Acting
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Developing Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Jazz Dance
  • Maths (if necessary)

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and a performing arts-based qualification.  Alternatively you may have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade, along with GCSE English Language at grade A*-C.

In addition, you will need to attend a full-day audition, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.


Your knowledge and understanding of the industry, alongside your practical skills development, will be assessed through a variety of practical and theory-based assignments.

Learners studying maths will be assessed through controlled assessments or a final exam.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of the BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma, learners can take their skills to the next level by progressing to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

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